Mark 4:24-25 “And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.”
To some extent, we all hear what we want to hear. We grow up learning that we are to obey the voice of our parents. Often, it is out of fear of correction that we do as our parents tell us.
Then, somewhere in our teen years, we are met with the challenge of obedience because we either agree or disagree. It is at this point, without the Lord, that many young people fall into the snare of pride and selfishness. We all seek an identity. If our parents are not whom we identify; then, we find someone else.
You see it all the time.
Teens dress like those they idolize. They find music that best expresses their spirit. They find others and hang around those who think and believe like they do and soon build a closeknit bond with them.
How did this start?
God’s Word has the answer: And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear….”
Our ears and our eyes are under such constant bombardment through so many types of media today. We must take heed as Jesus commands so that we can discern properly what is good and what is not.
God warns that there is a law of sowing and reaping that must be taken into consideration as well. I cannot listen to the filth and wickedness of this world and think it will not affect me. I cannot listen to those that criticize and tear down others or authority. I cannot stand idle while there are those around me that take the name of my God; my Savior in vain.
My silence shows agreement whether or not I do.
With so much coming at us, how do I take control?
There is a button or a switch on most devices that can stop much of the bombardment from being excessive or even beginning. The character to be able to switch our devices off will reveal our desire to filter what goes into our heart and eventually what we reap in time.
Even if I lack the self-control in my life, I can come to God and ask that He give me the courage and the strength to resist that which I know will corrupt my spirit and relationship with my Heavenly Father. But, I must also put God in authority over that which I view; that which I listen; that which I allow to teach me and to train me.
The company I keep influences me whether I agree with them or not.
If I am around critical people, I will become critical.
If I am around scoffers, rebels and disobedient ones, I will soon be like them.
Psalms 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
The counsel of the ungodly, the way of sinners and the seat of the scornful are snares and traps I must avoid at all costs. But also, to be truly influenced by the Word of God through reading, meditation, and memorization will culture a spirit and desire for that which God has so lovingly prepared for me everday!
God has given His children a filter through which ALL must pass.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
God’s promise is that His Word will not return void IF we hear it and employ it properly in our life.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
I must hone my ability to hear properly. I can read through a passage of scripture and look back and think, “What did I just read?” I feel as if I just glaced over the words to be able to check off one more thing on my to-do list:
Devotions – check!
Reading for content and reading for understanding is not something that can happen without any effort. I must focus, read slowly, and often reread over and over to try to understand.
I am growing to understand that I must engage the Holy Spirit’s help each and every time I read because of this wonderful promise:
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
I will never be alone to figure this Christian life out for myself. I have a Guide, a Teacher and a Comforter; an Instructor most holy.
Daily Manna is and has been the fruit of what I read from the Wor of God; what God and I talk about, ruminate and meditate upon every morning. It is the product of my desire to hear from my Heavenly Father that which He has for me today.
I share it to be a blessing – but even more than that, my prayer and desire is that all of us would begin to get more from God for ourselves and grow to be more and more like our Savior.
A life of faith begins with hearing:
Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
We must all continue to grow in our ability to hear. Let us purpose to let the Word of God have its place and priority in our lives and then, we will begin to see the wonderful fruit that we all so long to see in our life!