It’s Good News
December 25, 2013
The Lord Lives
December 27, 2013
It’s Good News
December 25, 2013
The Lord Lives
December 27, 2013

Ears to Hear God – Part 4

hearing from God pic“Incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not
depart from your eyes; keep them
in
the midst of your heart.”
Proverbs 4:20-21

In our last three segments we’ve built a foundation of understanding on how the ear works so you can develop better spiritual hearing. Today you’ll see the further connection of the parts of the ear to your body, soul, and spirit.

Just as you are a triune being (body, soul, and spirit) so is the ear (outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear). Your outer ear is your body. It catches the sounds that come in. Daily you hear all kinds of sounds from horns honking, to phone ringing, to crying children, to beeping sounds on your PC or other devices. Sounds are all around you, day in and day out. Everything you hear is channeled through your outer ear.

Now you can let the sounds all stay in this location. They can continue to affect you or you can ignore the unnecessary ones and not listen to everything that comes against you. You can reject all insults and mean things spoken by simply not giving them any attention or dwelling on them. If you haven’t been used to doing this, it will take a little practice to overcome the habit, but you can do it.

You can see that when you let unnecessary words come in through your outer ear and into your middle ear, you’ve involved your soul—your will, your mind, your emotions. And this is where most people camp out. They ‘hear’ what others say about them, whether good or bad, and they take it into their mind, continuing to think about it, rolling it over and over in their thoughts. Eventually those thoughts will dictate and control their emotions-how they respond to what was said. And it’s all from what they heard.

That’s why you want what enters your inner ear, what you hear, to be uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving. You can think on the things you’ve heard (or read) that are good—things from God’s Word. When you hear words that uplift and encourage, the inner ear not only engages your brain and nerves but also your entire being. This is the heart of your hearing. Your life takes on dimension, meaning, and purpose from what’s in your heart because “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

And it is in your heart where God will speak to you. Allow Him entrance, and allow His words to settle, reside in your heart. He’s ready to speak to you. Will you hear Him?