Listen….Carefully!!!

“Pay close attention to what you hear….” Mark 4:24

“Pay close attention to how you hear….” Luke 8:18

We may very well be familiar with Romans 10:17 that says:  “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  and we reaDily respond “AMEN!” if we hear it quoted. However, as Christians, we oftentimes do not think about the flip side of that, hence forgetting about what Jesus warned us about in Mark 4:24 & Luke 8:18.

Yes it’s true that faith comes by hearing.  So why did He warn us about how & what we hear? Because it is super easy to allow the trash that the devil wants to feed us in what and how we hear.  So, if faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, that means that all things negative come from hearing and hearing the lies and trash of the devil.

You see, it is easy to tune our ear to and listen to pure trash via almost every avenue possible, some of the most common being radio, TV, and of course, social media. What does this trash ‘sound’ like?  Well it can be as easy to identify as songs with explicit language, or radio or TV programs portraying violence, hatred, and such.  But the trash that is not so easily identifiable is also very accessible and abundant.  Lyrics to a catchy song, gossip at work, negative news reports about hatred or racism, a bad medical report,and almost everything you can find on sex, drugs, alcohol, violence, etc.

See, Jesus knows that the more we hear faith, the more faith we will store up, and do you recall that:…out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Math 12:34)?  Soon enough then, we’ll start to speak the same things we’ve invested our time listening to…FAITH!!  The same is true on the flip side.  The more we hear trash, negative words, unbelief, doubt, fear, sin, sex, sickness, defeat, failure, (and the list goes on), the more we will store that in the deposit of our heart, and that is EXACTLY what will come out of our mouth.  And THAT is what He warns us about.

We need to be very selective about what we’re hearing.  Leaving your hearing wide open to allow anything in is very dangerous.  Just as careful and willing as we are to invest time, energy, and money in obtaining the right food so that we don’t put things into our body that can harm our health, or even purchase the right skin products to protect it from harmful exterior elements such as the sun, in the same manner-and even more so -should we be extremely watchful and careful about what we allow into our heart through our ears. If out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and if death and life are in the power of the tongue (what I speak) (Prov 18:21), then it is safe to say that we either speak life or death, depending on what we allow into our heart!

So, what to do about what we hear if negative things are all around??  Phillipians 4:8  (NLT) tells us this:  And now brothers and sisters, fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

In other words, be choosy!!  CHOOSE to listen to music that is uplifting and gives glory to God.  CHOOSE to tune in to radio stations and other forms of communication and broadcasting that will give you the encouraging, uplifting, faith building words you should listen to.  DECIDE to NOT listen to gossip at work, school, or anywhere else for that matter!  And most importantly, CHOOSE to listen to the Word of God.  Listen to an audio Bible while you drive or commute, at your desk, while you exercise, and even while you shower!  The uncompromised preached Word of God is so easily accessible also in hundreds of ways, like radio, television, internet, social media, you name it, it can be found!  Then, before you know it, you too will be only thinking of all things good.  You will be more aware of and ready to recognize trash that is trying to make its way through your ears and into your heart.  And most importantly, you’ll be getting stronger in faith and speaking words of LIFE!!!

Commit today with this:  I WILL pay close attention to how and what I hear and I WILL choose LIFE and NOT death to come into my heart in abundance so that I may only speak LIFE!!! AMEN!!!

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