HEARING by Pastor Paul Locke for loxland.com 24/01/2017
Hearing the Gospel brings Saving Faith, but to Jews they could not see or hear; given as a stumbling block for being disobedient. (Rom 11:8) Even I hear my name as “poor rock” when mispronounced by Asians, so Jews in a similar manner cannot understand the message. To overcome the world we are given ears to hear. Jesus is the Rock laid as a stone in Zion that causes men to stumble and ignore salvation that comes by faith and not works. (Rom 9:32-33)
Boldness is opposite to fear a sin before God who says, “I did not give you a spirit of fear, but love, power, and a sound mind.” (2Tm 1:7) Jews who are bold push through and receive the blessing of becoming a Messianic Jew; one who believes in the forgiveness of sin through faith in the Blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. (Rom 3:25) Remember that the Christian Church was established by Jews who were emboldened by hearing the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord thunders his voice with trumpet sounds to speak to the crowds of people. (Ex 19:20) Other times it may be a whisper to individuals seeking to hear the voice of God. (Job 42:5) Satan whispers also and it is important to be Born Again to be able to discern the source of the voice because it can come from three places. First it comes from God, or self, or Satan. Practice helps in discernment and the content reveals the source for the voice sounds the same.
Angels are sent by God to tell us things we need to know. (Gen 18:14) Ignoring the message is folly because Sarah impatiently contributed to the birth of Ishmael. The same problem occurred when Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. (Gen 19:26) When God speaks you listen because some people can go through life without hearing from God. We are blessed to be able to hear from God and also God speaks through his written Word, the Bible.
Prayer Closet is a quiet place you choose to commune with God in an effort to hear his voice without distraction. (Lk 22:41) Jesus and Jews use a prayer shawl to shut themselves out from a busy world around them to pray. What you pray is important and Jesus gave the Lord’s Prayer as a guide to his disciples. (Mtt 6:9-13) Christians generally do not understand that this prayer is a daily act of repentance that enables them to come to God clean so he will listen to you.