The Gospel

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:2 KJV

Preachers have a resposibility to declare the whole truth to the listeners; the whole counsel of God which reproves, rebukes, and exhorts.

The Gospel is not just sweet words that tickle the ears but it is powerful to deliver, cleanse, and make whole.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 KJV

The tendency of our society to reject anything that makes them uncomfortable is extremely destructive. They are, then, drawn to purveyors of heretical error.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 2 Timothy 4:3 KJV

Be teachable. Yield to the whole counsel of God. Be set free from sin and death.


Learning

He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. Proverbs 15:32 KJV

When you quit learning you quit living. Everything learned brings a freshness to life and can open the door to your future.

There is never a time, no matter how old you are, that you cannot learn something new.

You may not like the messenger but everyone has something in them that you can learn from.

Listen, pay attention, to each person you meet. They all have a unique story and perspective that can only be gleaned by the attentive.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:3 KJV

For there is no respect of persons with God. Romans 2:11 KJV


HearingĀ 


The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psalms 12:6 KJV

Be careful you don’t develop an “I know that” or “I’ve heard that before” attitude. Just because you have read the Bible once, or hear something preached once doesn’t mean you have souded the depths of it. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing, and hearing, . . . Having heard will not keep your faith growing and developing as God means it to. 

See you in church.


Full of Faith


And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Acts 6:8 KJV

How did Stephen get full of faith and power? He listened to the spoken Word and then acted upon it. 

There is only one way you get full of faith and power. You must continually hear the Word of God and do what it says.

The Bible says that faith is only acquired by hearing, and hearing, and hearing, the Word of God.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 KJV

Signs, wonders and miracles are the result of acting upon the Word you’ve heard.


Wisdom

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Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.  Proverbs 17:28 KJV

God created us with two ears and one mouth for a reason. Yes, one of those was so that sounds would make us aware of the location of what makes a sound. But it could just be that we are to listen twice as much as we speak.

Short of divine revelation, it is hard to learn anything when you are speaking. Even then we are encouraged in scripture, “let him who has ears to hear, hear”.

One thing I have learned over the years is that it is critical to listen to all the information available and consider carefully all the details before making a decision concerning, or commenting on, anything.


Near

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But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

Hear, Believe, Speak, and Do the Word of God.

The faith of Jesus to believe comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Roman’s 10:17).

Receive it and believe it in your heart. Then, make it yours by speaking it and acting like it’s yours now. Continue to make your profession of faith until you have what you are believing for.

It’s a work of faith which is abiding in the rest of God that comes from knowing that He’s working everything out.

Then, whatsoever He says, do it!


Knocking

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Today’s verse is often used as a call to unbelievers to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. In context, however. It is a call to the “believer” to return to their first love experience and let Jesus be Lord.

We all can fill our day by entertaining many “guests” like work, weekend outings, television, Facebook, Twitter, video games, and such, but do we open the door of our attention to the Lord and entertain Him?

He is the most important Person in life. Be sure to spend time with Him daily. He is knocking at the door of your heart.