Do You Have “Ears to Hear”?

Tuning in to what really matters . . .

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Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Are you aware that you have two sets of ears? One set is called your physical ears. The other set is called your spiritual ears. With your physical ears, you hear the sounds of the natural world. With your spiritual ears, you hear the sounds of the spiritual world. Since the spiritual world controls the natural world, it is important that we learn to hear with our spiritual ears.

Deaf womanWhen Jesus taught, He often ended His teaching with the words, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” What did He mean by these words, and why did He utter them?

The ears to which Jesus was referring are the ears of the heart or the spirit. Jesus taught spiritual truths that could only be grasped and understood with the ears of the spirit. He wanted the people to hear be yond the physical meaning of the words and to hear the spiritual meaning of the words. Why? Because the meaning of His message lay in the spirit realm.

The spirit realm is the Kingdom of God. It is there that we discover the real meaning of life. Jesus wants us to focus our hearing on the sounds–the words, the lessons, the instruction–that we hear coming from the Kingdom of God. Only as we hear and obey the sounds of the Kingdom of God will be set free.

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Is Your Sight Keeping You from Seeing?

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What is the opposite of faith? Some would say doubt. Others would say fear. But let me suggest another answer.

I would suggest that the opposite of faith is sight.

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What do I mean by sight? I mean what is observable through our physical senses.

Sight tells me that my checkbook is in the red, or the doctor’s report is bad, or my marriage is on the rocks, or my son will end up in jail, or I will never succeed in my career, or . . . or . . . or . . . .  You get the picture. This kind of sight is earthly sight. It is the sight that keeps us restricted to the earthly, natural realm.

But there is another kind of sight. It is called spiritual sight. It is the kind of sight that can see beyond the natural realm into the supernatural realm.

It is the kind of sight the Bible calls faith.

Scripture says this in 2 Corinthians 4: 18: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

What is unseen by our natural, physical eyes? Every promise of God is unseen by our natural, physical eyes. But when we apply our faith to that unseen promise, it will eventually become seen in the natural, physical realm.

For example, your physical eyes may see a bad report from your doctor. But God’s Word says you were healed by the stripes of Jesus. Are you going to trust what you see with your physical eyes (the doctor’s report) more than what you see with your spiritual eyes (God’s Word about your healing)? When you do, you will see healing manifest in your body.

The believer is to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5: 7). This means that we are to live life primarily through our spiritual eyes and not through our physical eyes. We are to put God’s Word above our physical senses. 

We are to let spiritual sight supersede physical sight.

When we do, we will be walking in faith, and we will experience the truth of God’s Word in our daily lives.

YOUR TURN:  Please share a time when you walked by faith instead of sight.

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How to Defeat the Giants in Your Life

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What giants are you facing in your life? Health issues? Money issues? Relationship issues? Whatever the case, you can not only face those giants, but you can overcome them.  How? By using these three weapons:

Attitude. The perspective you take regarding the giants in your life is critical to your success in defeating those giants. Consider the Psalmist David. When he visited the Israeli camp as a teenage boy to bring food to his soldier brothers, he found the Israelites cowering in the face of Goliath. Now the Israelites were grown men and expertly trained soldiers. David was a shepherd boy who had had no formal military training.

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But what did David do? He rebuked the Israelites for their faithless, cowardly attitude. He reminded them that they had God on their side, and he dared Goliath to defy the living God. Listen to David’s words to Goliath, words that reveal David’s attitude: “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.‘”

David knew who he was in God. He knew that his power came from God. He knew that God was mightier than any enemy. And he knew that he could defeat any enemy with the power of God on his side.

So can you!

Methodology. Saul offered David his armor and sword. David refused them because they didn’t fit right. In overcoming the giants in our lives, we must know who we are and act based on that knowledge. We must listen to God’s directions for overcoming each giant in our life.  He may give us one strategy for one giant, and another strategy for another giant. The key is to hear the voice of God and to obey it. David heard God’s voice and obeyed it.

So can you!

Faith. David confronted Goliath head-on, and David did so in God’s strength, not his own. Having developed an intimate relationship with God, David knew Him well and trusted His character. He knew God would never fail him. Simply put, David believed God!

So can you!

Attitude. Methodology. Faith. Three tools that will help you overcome the giants in your life, every single time.

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Are You a PC Christian?

How can you tell?

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Are you a PC Christian? And I don’t mean one who uses a Personal Computer. 🙂

I’m talking about Political Correctness. The Online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines political correctness as follows:

  1. agreeing with the idea that people should be careful not to use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.
  2. conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.
Interestingly, when I searched for the definition of political correctness in Webster’s original dictionary–called Noah Webster’s Dictionary and published in 1828–I could not find the term.  Nor was I surprised. Although some people throughout the centuries have been afraid to offend others, this fear is particularly pronounced in our day when speaking out could cost us our livelihood, our reputation, and–yes–even our very lives.
 

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So, my question to you is Are you a politically correct Christian? How can you tell? 
 
Here are a few signs that you may be a politically correct Christian:

1-Are you afraid of telling family and friends about their need to be born again because you are afraid of alienating them or of angering them or, worst of all, of losing your relationship with them? Are you afraid of sharing the Gospel with your co-workers because you may lose your job?  Are you afraid of telling strangers about Jesus because they might think you’re weird? If so, listen to what the Word says about that attitude in 2 Timothy 4: 2: “Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach.” 

We are commanded to spread the Word whether or not the time is right. We are to warn people and encourage them to pursue a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. How many of us are doing that every day of our lives? If not, why not?

2-Are you afraid to stand up for what is right when the whole world is against you? For example, are you speaking out against abortion, homosexuality, and transgenderism? Are you speaking out against adultery, fornication, and co-habitation before marriage? Are you speaking out against all sin, no matter what it is?

Or are you keeping your mouth shut because you’ve been deceived into believing that what other people do is none of your business? Well, it is your business. And mine. Why? Because if we allow evil to advance unrestrained in our culture, we will, in essence, allow our country to collapse. We will, in essence, be a willing and knowing participant in bringing about the downfall of civilization as we know it.  We will, in essence, leave a legacy of destruction, defeat, and despair to our children and grandchildren.

3-Are you afraid of being ridiculed and called a religious fanatic? A crazy, right-wing conservative? An intolerant bigot? If you stand up for Jesus, you will be called all of those things, and more. So be prepared. Those who pride themselves on being tolerant are tolerant only as long as one agrees with their lies. If anyone disagrees with, or, worse yet, outright opposes them in their lies, their tolerance soon turns to terrorism. Eventually, it will turn to tyranny of the worst political kind. We are seeing the beginnings of this even now.

In talking about the end times–and I believe we are in them–Jesus said that many would be offended upon hearing the Gospel: “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” (Matthew 24: 10).  So why are we surprised that this is, indeed, happening?  The Cross of Christ offends all those who refuse to believe in Him. Consider what the Apostle Paul said; “If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.”

Another term for political correctness is the fear of man. Proverbs 29: 25 says this about the fear of man: The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord will be exalted and safe.  In Isaiah 51: 12, the LORD says this: “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?

As the days grow darker, let us remember this promise found in Psalm 118: 6: The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
Purpose in your heart now that you will stand up for Jesus. Then, when persecution comes–as it surely will in one way or another–you will be prepared to face it boldly and without fear.

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Are You Afraid of Success?

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What a strange question!  At least, it seems strange at first glance. Yet, the truth is that many people are afraid of success. Are you one of them? How can you tell?

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Here are a few clues:

1-Fear of disaapointment. Are you afraid of getting your hopes up? When things are going well, are you afraid they will take a nose-dive? If so, you are afraid of success.

2-Verbal curses. Do the negative words of authority figures from your past continue to torment you and keep you from trying? Words like, You’ll never amount to anything!; You’ll end up in jail; You’re stupid? If so, you are afraid of success.

3-Fear of vulnerability. Are you worried that being successful means losing your privacy? Are you afraid that if people get to know you, they will not like you? Or, worse yet, they will discover that you are a flawed human being? If so, you are afraid of success.

4-Misunderstanding of God’s character.  Do you believe that God is against success and considers it morally wrong? Do you believe that only the wicked succeed? Are you convinced that God’s command to be humble means to be poor, defeated, and down-trodden? If so, you are afraid of success. 

The fear of success has many faces, but all of them are masks. Find out which one you’re wearing, and remove it. When you do, you will see that, just as an earthly father wants his children to succeed, even more so does your Heavenly Father want you to succeed–for His glory and for the building of His Kingdom.
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