Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
This week I’m focusing on five listening moments.
Monday was Listening to Understand
Tuesday was Listen Deeply
Wednesday was Listen Beneath The Surface
Thursday was Listen, Don’t T.R.I.P.
If we listen to the news of the day and the waves of our culture we’d spend all of our time chasing what’s “hot.”
Until 2004 the Boston Red Sox hadn’t won baseball’s World Series in 86 years and this week they won their third in the last ten years. They’re hot!
Oprah Winfrey, musicians Miley Cyrus, Drake and the DJ Avicii, brands Forever 21 and H&M, TV shows Breaking Bad and Dancing With The Stars, politicians Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzengeggar (!?!), and athletes Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lebron James are all hot.
Did you know the Bible is still hot?!? Still the #1 book in the world. It might still be “hot”, but far too few read it and get to know the divine author. Many people think they “know the Bible”, but they’re too hard-headed to let the Bible know them.
“Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.” 1
God invited us to be humble enough to listen. 2
“…he takes care of those who are humble, but he stays away from the proud.”
“The Lord sneers at those who sneer at him, but he is kind to everyone who is humble.“
“He shows those who are humble how to do right, and he teaches them his ways.”
What are the “ways”?
My friend Christian Olsen explains that if we listen God reveals the “ways”:
– Listen to God speak through the Bible
– Listen to God through your conscience
– Listen to God speak through your soul while praying
Christian Olsen explained, “I carry a Bible with me everywhere in case I’m attacked by lies (that attack my value). The Bible helps me go on the offensive.”
Speaking on Jesus’ behalf, Sarah Young added, “Learn to listen to me even while you are listening to other people…You need the help of My Spirit to respond appropriately…to think through you, live through you, love through you…If you respond to others’ needs through your unaided thought processes, you offer them dry crumbs. When the Spirit empowers your listening and speaking, My streams of living water flow through you to other people. Be a channel of My Love, Joy, and Peace by listening to Me as you listen to others.” 3
“In its most simple form,” explains Tim Geoffrion, “Spirit-led living is listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and then cooperating as fully and quickly as possible. Listen and cooperate, listen and cooperate, in one situation after another. Step by step, a long string of saying, “Yes,” to the Holy Spirit becomes a Spirit-led life.”
To the list of “this way” I would add learning to listen to wise and godly people like Christian, Sarah, and Tim. Humble listening might not be “hot”, but it is life transforming.
1 – Luke 10:21, NLT
2 – Psalm 25:9, NCV; Psalm 138:6, NCV; Proverbs 3:34. CEV
3 – Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling