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Thursday, June 27, 2024

Incline Your Ear



We all have questions about our health, finances, relationships, and other issues in life. Some believers seek God for advice, and others ask a friend or someone else. Advice from even a godly friend is not the same as hearing from the Lord. When you hear from the Lord, His Words stir your faith. He speaks directly to your heart and not through someone else’s spiritual, mental, and emotional understanding. You will always lack if you continually seek someone other than God to guide you. Abundant life cannot come to you through someone else’s spiritual guidance. You were created to hear God for yourself. 


“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).


God created you to live by His Word. 


The Word of God is Spirit and life (John 6:63). The living Word is the only source of abundant life, health, peace, and purpose.  Until we hear God for ourselves, we will never receive the abundant life God has planned for us. Advice might be necessary for a new believer. But spiritual advice from someone else is not meant to be our spiritual food forever. We were created to feast on the living Word of God. If we commit ourselves to hearing His still, small voice, we will avoid many mistakes and the resulting issues they bring. 


God created us with the ability to hear Him. 


“Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live” (Isaiah 55:3).


God always speaks to us. He speaks through His written Word (John 20:31, 2 Corinthians 4:13). He speaks by the Holy Spirit to our spirit (Romans 8:16), and He speaks through the preaching of the Gospel (Acts 2:36-38). 


“My son,” God speaks, “give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart, for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-22).


If asked, “What is God saying to you,” could you answer? 

You cannot have faith and God’s wisdom without hearing from Him. When left to your own limited knowledge and ability, you will ultimately fail. We have all made bad decisions when left to our own resources. 


Faith has only one source.


“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17)


If you aren’t hearing God’s still, small voice or His Word isn’t stirring your heart, the time has come for you to redirect your life. It is time to focus on His Word, seek Him in His Word, and expect to hear Him in your heart. That is abundant life.


If you wish His abundant life of health, peace, and purpose, incline your ear to Him and feast on His Word. 


“Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).


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