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Are You a Good Listener?

Then while it is still called today, if you would hear His voice, and when you hear it, do not harden your hearts.  Hebrews 3:15a (Amplified Bible).

      For years my husband carried a little card in his wallet that proclaimed him a “good listener.”  The card had been given at the end of a workshop required in his early years on the job.  Whenever I accused him of not listening to me, he would pull that little card from his wallet, living proof that I must be mistaken.  It was a family joke.

It’s not easy to be a good listener.  Certainly it requires more than a cardboard certificate. People communicate with more than words.  A good listener learns to pick up on body language and the unspoken message, too.  It requires our full attention.  Usually we focus more on what we want to say next rather than really listening to the other person.

The verse above reminds us to listen to God, and brings out another reason why we don’t listen.  As my husband ignored my request to take out the trash, we don’t necessarily want to hear God’s voice.  It might mean we are asked to do something out of our comfort zone.  It might require action.

At this start of this new week, let us make a concentrated effort to listen.  Let us focus on giving our full attention to those who are communicating with us.  Let us listen to the spoken and unspoken messages before us.  Let us also  listen to our conscience, and most of all, listen to God. He speaks to us through His Word, through prayer, through others and through that still small voice in our hearts.

 

Just Because You Don’t See It, Doesn’t Mean it isn’t There by Guest Contributor, Joni Ames

Thanks to Joni Ames for these insightful comments.  For more about Joni, see http://www.JoniAmes.org

 

One day recently when I was watching the kid movie, “Epic,” with my granddaughter , one of the characters said, “Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.” – Amen! – That really struck a chord with me because there are several things I had begun to feel discouraged about because I haven’t yet seen them come to pass. But we need to remember that, as The Word says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

I feel like there are some things God has promised each of us that we each are waiting for, and we need to remember to encourage each other to hold fast to His promises and not give up. Even though we can’t yet see them with our natural eyes, let’s keep our spiritual eyes fixed on the prize of the finished product. For as it says a little further into that chapter (in verse 3), “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” – It is in believing that we WILL see them!

It seems lately that I’ve come across many people that the enemy is trying to harass and discourage regarding life itself. Even to threatening them that their life will be taken before they get to see God’s promises come to pass. In that, as I was sitting in church this past Sunday morning, the Lord spoke to me to tell folks, “Stop worrying about what you might die from and get on with what you were born to LIVE for, through the power of the name, blood, and broken body of Jesus Christ!” Yes! Not by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit, oh Lord! We need to PRESS towards the mark and not listen to the lies of the enemy! Speak out loud and tell those things “NO! I refuse that discouraging thought, in Jesus name!!” Then begin to speak out thanks to God – in advance – for the fulfillment of His promises.

Jesus Has Won the Victory

Believe this

Even in your

struggles

despite all your

defeats.

Then you will

experience

His Victory.

                                                 ~Basilea Schlink