Sunday, April 17, 2016

Two Kinds of Hearing

There are TWO KINDS OF HEARING—hearing with your ears and hearing with your heart. Everyone has TWO KINDS OF EARS—physical ears on your head (“ears”) and spiritual ears on your heart (“ears to hear”). Jesus said, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:23). The people listening to Him teach could hear His words with their ears, but not everyone could hear with their spiritual ears. Jesus explained, “While hearing (with their ears), they do not hear (with their hearts)” (Matt. 13:13). They heard God’s Word but they never changed because it never went deeper and pierced their hearts.

Some people say, “I’ve never heard God speaking to me.” You assumed He would speak in an audible voice to your ears, but He usually speaks with thoughts and impressions on your heart. “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Heb. 3:7).

1. Your heart is closed. Jeremiah said, “Their ears are closed, and they cannot listen” (6:10). You can turn off your phone if you don’t want to be bothered. Someone may be trying to contact you to give you an urgent message, but you cannot hear it because you chose to turn it off. God wants to speak to you, but your heart must be open and you’re willing to hear what He has to say.

2. Something is blocking your ability to hear. A man said to his friend, “You’ve got a carrot in your ear.” His friend said, “What?” The man yelled, “You’ve got a carrot in your ear!” The friend said, “I can’t hear you. I’ve got a carrot in my ear!”
Some people cannot hear God because something is blocking their hearing. God says, “You’ve got unforgiveness in your heart.” You say, “What?” He says, “You’ve got unforgiveness in your heart.” You say, “I can’t hear you. I’ve got unforgiveness in my heart.” But if you will forgive, it will remove the blockage that’s keep you from hearing.

If you will open your heart and remove the blockages, you will be amazed at how God will speak to your heart because you now have “ears to hear.”

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