Marla’s parents were renting a duplex next door to their new home, and we were staying in the second unit. The old man replied that he did not think much of it. Without God’s Word, people are wandering in this dark, dangerous world without illumination from God. As in the parable of the sower, there is both an encouragement and a warning in these verses: Since God’s truth is revealed in Jesus, we must listen carefully and obediently or His teaching ultimately will judge us. His Word is often clear on the issue we are facing. For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Many people, especially young people, want to know the will of God for their lives. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Therefore, we must take care how we listen, so that we respond obediently to Jesus’ teaching, rather than shrink from it because it convicts us of sin. Jesus’ teaching is the light that is put on the lampstand. Years ago, a wealthy Chinese businessman visited England and was fascinated by a powerful microscope and the wonders it uncovered. One husband dropped his newspaper, looked directly into his wife’s eyes, and gave her his full attention while she was speaking. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. ‣ They’re falling into the open holes of drug use, sexual immorality, anger, bitterness, self-centeredness, greed, and a host of other sins. Jesus chastised the Jews by saying, “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me” (John 6:39). Proverbs 10:17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. First John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” Judas was one of the twelve. Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for the… And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. O In a sense, listening is easy or hearing is easy. I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Listen to The Bible. He makes me lie down in green pastures. I jumped up and discovered that Christa was not in bed—she was sleepwalking and had gone out the door! ‣ You may wonder, why wouldn’t everyone want God’s light to illumine their lives so that they can see how to avoid the holes and dangers of the dark? Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Those who obey Him are truly Jesus’ family. The way to be close to Jesus is to listen carefully to His Word with a view to obedience. The two questions that Paul asked the Lord on the Damascus Road are good ones to ask when you read the Word or listen to it being preached: “Who are You, Lord?” and, “What shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:8, 10). Allegiance to God’s Word must be first, even more important than family. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. I knew that I had closed it, so it startled me. Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. 6:33). If so, take a look at the top seven Bible verses about listening to others: 1) Proverbs 11:14 (ESV) Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. “You’re deliberately listening just to confuse me.”. Secular music often promotes immorality and violence while belittling purity and integrity. ‣ They are not to hide God’s Word from God’s people, but to preach it clearly. R Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. The Message, a paraphrase, renders this verse as, "Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track." Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. ‣ Happiness is there, you just need to search your own heart to find it. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Jeremiah 29:12 worship prayer. But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”, Whoever is of God hears the words of God. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. God’s Word reveals principles on each of these crucial questions so that you don’t whack your shins on the wrong ways of the world. The Puritan pastor, Thomas Watson, said concerning the Scriptures, “Take every word as spoken to yourselves. He would trip over the kids toys that had been left on the floor. The full exhortation of verse 18 seems better suited to the whole multitude, but there doesn’t seem to be a break between Jesus’ private explanation of the parable (8:10-15) and these verses, which lends weight to the view that He is speaking only to the twelve. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”. “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. They seemed to be zealous for the things of God. Do I deal with my grumbling, unbelieving, unthankful spirit? My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. If you want Jesus to disclose Himself to you, you must hear His word with a view to obedience. D We must constantly confront ourselves with the standards of Scripture applied to our thoughts, attitudes, and behavior, especially as seen in our relationships at home. Again he began to teach beside the sea. But therein lies the danger: we all are inclined to hide from the light rather than to allow it to expose the foulness of our hearts. We went down to visit them and were taking a walk along their dirt street. There are 36 people on board. While this is a possible interpretation, and I am not opposed to it as a secondary thrust of Jesus’ words, I think the primary meaning is slightly different. Our generous partners make it possible for us to offer 2,062 Bible versions in 1,372 languages for free, and without advertising. But take heart! But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. He couldn’t see to cook or read or do anything. At the first stop, 10 get off and 2 get on. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? But often our problem is with our own attitude, not with the Word or with the preacher. To him the gatekeeper opens. Recording. Spurgeon tells the story of a young preacher who preached a very fine sermon—what Spurgeon calls “a highfaluting, spread-eagle sermon.” When he was done, the young man asked an old Welsh preacher who had heard him what he thought of it. The point is that hearing is easy, and faith is not an expression of our activity, but our receiving the activity of another. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Even among those who attend church regularly, so many are simply ignorant of what the Bible says because they do not take the time consistently to read it and think about what it means. “Stop it,” she snapped. T But often he got hit with a question that a lady asked him one afternoon: “I’ve only got an hour to spend at Yosemite,” she declared. After all, words spoken to a single prophet in ancient Israel have a very different context than words spoken to an entire congregation in New Testament Rome. 2 Corinthians. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. E His words are not given for the primary purpose of concealing God’s truth, but for revealing it. 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