Luke 8:19-25

Luke 8:19-25

If Jesus has asked you to do something, guess what? It's not going to fail.“Therefore, consider carefully how you listen.”

How did you listen this week? Were you listening this week? Were your ears open to the things of God. You know, I mentioned last week, I have people tell me all the time, “God doesn’t speak to me. I never hear God speak to me. Because I don’t hear God speak to me, that must mean He’s not speaking to me.” Not true. And I don’t want to call you a liar if you say God isn’t speaking to you, because I don’t think you’re lying. I just think you’re deceived. We’re all deceived in many ways. And it is not that God is not speaking. It’s that you’re not listening. We are not careful, so often, in how we listen to each other…

It’s not that it’s not been spoken to you. God’s Word has been given to you. God’s Spirit has been given to you. And God is audibly, physically, speaking into your heart right now, whether you want to believe it or not. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to speak to your heart. How are you listening? It’s not a matter of, are you hearing? It’s, are you listening? We know how to block out the things that we don’t want to hear because we’re not listening to them…

God does speak to us. Jesus has spoken to us…

When was the last time you considered how you listen to God? We just assume that we should are able to hear Him. We just assume that it should come natural. That if He’s speaking that we would understand. Consider how you listen to God. Do you give Him time in His Word? Do you give Him time in prayer? Do you give Him time in meditation? Do you just take time to stop and sit back and look up into the sky and say, “Father in heaven, I know You’re there, and I’m going to take this moment and give it to You.” Have you ever considered how you’re listening?…

Have you ever felt like you were lost in a storm and that you were going to drown? Life will throw storms at us, life will come at us hard and heavy, and there are times it begins to swamp us. We begin to worry. We begin to see real danger. You know what? We don’t have to worry about what this life sends our way as a storm. If it’s not our time to go, the storm is not going to put us down…

This is where the question comes in. Where is our faith? What is it that we believe? Has God called us to a purpose or not?… What has God asked of you? What is the call that Jesus has put in your life? And if He’s put a call in your life, is He going to allow you to be swamped before He fulfills the call?…

We can embrace life, we can live life, we can enjoy what God has put before us, and not have to worry about what’s going to happen to this physical body. Where’s our faith? What do we believe about what God is doing in our life? What is the relationship that we have with Jesus Christ? Is our life His vessel? Is our life His for Him to shine through? Is our life His to use?… Does He have the right to use us the way He wants?…

If Jesus has asked you to do something, guess what? It’s not going to fail. But you’ve got to know God’s Word to understand what Jesus is saying. You’ve got to listen carefully to know what He’s saying. So often we assume…

Faith is not telling God what He’s going to do for you and then expecting that it should happen. That is not faith. That is disrespect. And so often we disrespect God because we have our own agenda. We want things to happen, and we tell God how they’re going to happen, rather than allowing God to tell us what He would like to happen in our life and allowing Him, even to bring a storm our way and allow for us to be challenged with the fulfillment of His Word. We seldom allow Him to use us to see His Word fulfilled, and we will tell Him time and again, “This is what You’re going to do and how You’re going to do it, in the name of Jesus.”

“In the name of Jesus” is not a magic incantation. It is not words that we can use that force God’s hand. We are not going to twist His arm with His Own Son’s name, no matter how much we try… We are not about magic. We are about the power of God and the knowledge of God’s Word, trusting that His Word is going to see us through. Allowing His Word to minister to us and to speak to us, but the only way we’re going to know if His Word is speaking to us, is if we listen carefully. It takes action on our part. We have to respect God enough to stop and listen. Take the time to hear what He’s saying, not rail on Him because we believe He’s not speaking to us. So often what it is, we hear Him speak to us. I believe we hear Him speak to us. We just don’t like what it is that he’s saying, so we go in the other direction and then we tell Him what we want Him to say, and then we try to make happen what we want Him to say. And we try to force His had, and when it doesn’t happen, we become bitter and angry.

Dave Elkins

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