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February 2, 2014 : Communicating With God: How To Listen To God’s Voice
Dr. Burnie R. Burnside
THEME: Communicating with God # 1
One of the basic claims we have as Christians is that God wants to have a relationship with us. In fact our salvation is based on the relationship we have with God. But you can not have a relationship with someone without communication. In order to have a relationship with someone you must speak to them, you must listen to them and they must speak and listen to you.
In order to be productive you must be able to COMMUNICATE. When there is a breakdown in communication you will cease to be productive.
Today we start a new series on “Communicating With God” and what we are going to look at this morning is: “How to Listen To God’s Voice.” Our text for today is found in Luke chapter 8:5-8
"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."
There are four ways to listen? That is what this parable is about.
Some people don’t LISTEN AT ALL.
"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.” (Luke 8:5)
God wants to speak to us and our minds are closed, our hearts are hardened, we are unwilling to listen, we just don’t want to hear what God has to say to us.
Three common reasons people have a closed mind.
PRIDE. When we think, “I don’t need God. I can do it on my own. I know enough or I know it all. I can handle it myself. I can resolve it. I can fix it.”
BITTERNESS. When we get hurt we build walls, we hide in a shell. We can even start blaming God and stop listening to Him.
LACK OF UNDERSTANDING. Some people don’t listen because they don’t know that God wants to speak to them.
Look at what Psalm 25 says: “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way" (Psalms 25:9).
Some people LISTEN BUT FORGET.
“Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.” (Luke 8:6)
A shallow hearer makes a weak believer.
James 1:22-24 says: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
Some people listen but it’s NOT IMPORTANT.
“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants” (Luke 8:7)
Luke 16:11 Jesus says this, "If you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, [That’s money] who will trust you with true riches?"
Three things that preoccupy our minds.
Worries. The Greek word for worry means to be pulled in different direction.
Money. Our minds can be preoccupied with money issues.
Busyness. We’re so busy making a living that we don’t have time to relax. God gets the leftovers in life.
Some people listen and HEAR.
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown” (Luke 8:8).
Jesus says: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
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