Spiritual Check-up 6|
Program: Your Spiritual Check-up 06
"Hello, Iím Dr. Mark Landis and itís time for your check up.......your spiritual check-up!"
Today itís time to check your hearing. Obviously you can hear physically or you wouldnít be listening to me now. So letís check your more important hearing today. . . .your spiritual hearing! Are you hard of hearing when it comes to Spiritual matters? Jesus tells us in Matthew that that can happen. Listen to verse 15:
For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.'
When it comes to listening to the word of God, are you hard of hearing? I hope not. I hope that youíre not like that person who said he didnít want to be confused with the truth because he had already made up his mind. Lots of people are like that. If youíve been like that, I hope youíll listen today to the words of Jesus and change your hearing. Wouldnít it be great if we could all have the praise of Christ that He gave in the very next verse when he said:
16 "But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
Do you have blessed ears? Are they working the way they should? Proverbs 1:5 says:
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel
I hope youíll decide to hear the words of God because that way you can increase your learning. You can become wise. You probably remember the parable Jesus told about the man with good hearing. We donít call it the parable of good hearing. We call it the parable of the wise man, but listen and youíll see that Jesus said that was what made the man wise:
47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock Luke 6:47-48 (NKJV)
Do you want a faith that canít be shaken? If you do then youíll want to have good hearing. After all the Bible says in Romans 10:17, ď So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Ē Storms of life will come. They are inevitable. When they do come youíll be ready if you are wise and have good hearing. If you have good hearing and use it then youíll have strong faith. Youíll have a solid foundation in Christ and nothing will be able to harm your faith, and thatís a very good position to have. Heb 2:1 says:
Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
Donít just casually listen to the word of God. Pay earnest heed to it. That means to pay really close attention. Thatís what keeps us from drifting away from God. Having good hearing will help you in your Christian life. It wonít just help you. It can help others too. People with good spiritual hearing are the ones who end up bearing fruit for Jesus. Remember what Jesus said in Mark 4:20 (NKJV)
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
Do you have good hearing? If you do then you wonít just listen. Youíll hear the word and accept it. Then youíll put it to use and start bearing fruit. When our physical hearing gets bad, it is hard to fix. Fortunately it isnít hard to fix our spiritual hearing. We just have to open up our hearts and make up our mind to listen to the word of God with an open mind. Donít have a closed mind. Donít be hard of hearing. I hope youíll decide today to have good spiritual hearing!
Thanks for taking this quick spiritual check-up. If you would like more information and some material to help you in your Bible Study, contact us at Erin Church of Christ. Weíll be glad to help. Our address is: 205 East Main St. Erin, TN 37061 Once again, thatís Erin Church of Christ 205 East Main Street, Erin TN 37061.
You can find this spiritual checkup and much more at our website: www.thelordsway.com/erincoc
Iím Dr. Landis. Thanks for your visit with me. All quoted scriptures have come from the New King James Version. Donít forget to keep your next appointment with me for another very important check-upÖ your spiritual check-up.
Iím Dr. Landis. Thanks for your visit with me. Donít forget to keep your next appointment with me for another very important check-upÖ your spiritual check-up!
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