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Do You Hear What I Hear?

March 22, 2015

Greetings,

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have HEARD, so that we do not drift away.  For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?  The salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who HEARD Him.  God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of The Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.”  Hebrews 2: 1-4 (Emphasis mine)

My dear friend Robert Smith shared this passage in home fellowship here one Saturday and I would like to share it again with you here today.  It is a very powerful warning to not just pay attention, but to pay MORE CAREFUL ATTENTION to THE message of Christ, so that we do not drift away from Him and the Truth in Love.  Some sects preach and teach that we cannot drift away from Him, but this passage makes it quite abundantly clear that we can in this life, if we do not totally focus upon Jesus and His life giving Gospel of Truth and Love.

I want to point out and highlight that HEARING is extremely important for those who follow Jesus.  It is all about hearing from Him the message of Truth in Love.  PLEASE NOTE: That no where in this passage does it talk about what we READ in the bible, no it talks about what we HEAR from Him, angels and other followers of Christ.  Reading and hearing are NOT at all the same thing.  In the Gospel of John Jesus says that, “My sheep hear my voice and obey”.  Even if you read the bible a thousand times over, it is not equal to or the same as hearing directly from Christ Himself.  I say yes we can hear Him quite often while reading the scriptures, but we can also read without EVER hearing from Him.  Romans 10:17 says “Faith comes from HEARING the message…”  And Hebrews 11: 6 says that, “without faith it is impossible to please God.”  We ALL need to hear directly FROM Jesus and not just read things ABOUT Him.  I hope my heart is being heard clearly here, because I am not at all anti-bible.  I am just saying that Jesus is much more important than the book about Him.  In order to truly hear and comprehend His message in full, we must hear the Voice of Christ in our heart, mind and Spirit.

I do not ever want to ignore His great salvation and all that it means to us both individually and corporately.  He redeemed ALL THINGS and I want to use and enjoy the entirety of His great and awesome salvation in the here and now as well as for all eternity.  The gifts of The Holy Spirit have been distributed widely to MANY according to His will.  In fact I have never met a true follower of Jesus who did not have gifts they could use to bless Christ and His Body.  I fully and completely support every member ministry, because just having a gifted few people lead many spectators is NOT His will for us in Christ at all.  In fact when we gather in His Name everyone should get to contribute and share. (1 Corinthians 14: 26)  We all need to live out His salvation to the fullest in this life because when we do that, He is lifted up and then He draws all others to Himself.  If you want to talk about true Church growth?  Then start there! Programs don’t work, but living abundant lives while hearing Christ sure does.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

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5 Comments
  1. Seems religion teaches us that we only hear from God by what the pastor teaches out of the bible. We pass over the part you mentioned about His sheep hear HIS voice. Like you said, we can read and read, but it takes the Spirit within us to bring to life what is written and give power to the words. God speaks many ways, and we miss out if we think we only hear from reading the written word. We need to focus on the living Word, Jesus.

  2. The most amazing thing is when we READ the word and it truly becomes life to us and we HEAR what the Spirit is saying to US… to ME. The older I get the more I really realize, or the more it is getting deep into my spirit, that we need more true encounters with the Lord that truly revolutionizes our lives. Although those times that we hear his voice is very important, what is really going to sustain us and deliver us, is those things He speaks that causes a change, a revolution, in our hearts. I believe what this looks like, (feels like, whatever) is going to be different with each of us, and we will express this differently or uniquely. I think sometimes the challenge is to not get tied up or tripped up with the words someone uses to express how the change was brought about but to let that experience speak through actions and behavior. Whether we say, “we read this” , or whether we say “we heard this”, the important thing is that we let the Living God change us, mold us into whatever He chooses,

  3. Indeed, we need the whole body. In my life I have found my eye to be as important as my ears–I have more visions than words. My husband, on the orher hand, is a writer who has more words than visions. We need each other to grab hold on the whole truth. Only as the body of Christ do we display the many-sided (manifold) wisdom of God.

  4. Such wonderful comments with depth and insight. Yes, we need Him (The Head) and one another (The Body) to truly encounter Him in His fullness. When we can experience this synergy it is very awesome and fruitful.

  5. daryl permalink

    Really great comments. I do feel however,having searched out many blogs,that there is a dangerous disreguard for the teachings of grace in the written word,which is not mans word,but the Word of God.Believers are to humbly receive the word,study,meditate,and be doers of the word.How else can we know God and intelligently represent Christ if we neglect the written word? While God certainly speaks to believers in other ways besides just the written word(after all we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit!),what i am seeing is believers believing,accepting,and practicing things,that the written word clearly says is ungodly…priding themselves in a distorted teaching of grace.The Holy Spirit is not behind that. The grace of God teaches believers to say “no” to ungodliness not tolerate,accept,and promote it. It should be expected that unbelievers would see grace as a means to justify their inclinations,preferences,and sinful practices,…but it is sad when believers do so. I think we will HEAR best,when we are in the written word. I get how you can read the bible and not hear…some days it seems it goes in one ear and out the other…but we can be sure that we will not hear clearly or as often if we never read it.

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