Be Careful What You Hear

This is the verse of the day from MyDailyBible app,

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”” (John 10:27-30 NKJV)

#Bible https://www.mydailybible.org/dv/nkjv/2019-12-03.htm

As I read those verses the points I desired to dig into was “Hearing” and “Following.” Everything promised by Jesus are hinged on those two words and by simple reasoning, if they are or aren’t applied.

Have you ever had an argument, conversation, or listened to a sermon with someone and after it’s “said and done,” it would seem like you were of totally different mindsets? In other words, the thought you tried to express was totally missed by the hearer or what you understood a speakers focus to be is totally different than what the other person sitting next to you perceived.

I looked at the word “hear” in the interlinear and it is listed at as,

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In the Helps Word Study, it links this “hearing” to hearing God’s voice, and if we “do hear” His voice, it prompts Him (God) to birth faith within us. It give a note to “See 189” (akoe) to shed more understanding on how this word is being used.

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Again we see that this type of hearing is linked to an inner “spiritual” hearing that is also connected with receiving “faith from God.”

Maybe about now you are thinking that everyone hears the same sounds coming from the person speaking, whether it be you or a statesman or preacher. In that sense, its then processed differently by each person’s mind, thus giving them a different understanding, but is that totally correct.

As I began to think on this, I thought about how most humans can’t hear a dog whistle and looked into that. It’s because the frequency of a dog whistle is at a level higher than that of a human’s ability to “hear” even though the sound is there to be heard. I found a simple hearing test to try and it makes clear that there are sound frequencies that we can’t perceive, try it and see for yourself.

Hearing Test – Can You Hear This?

Then I found a NPR article from July 2019 about a sound making device called “The Mosquito” that is used to deter young people.

In Philadelphia, 30 parks and recreation centers are outfitted with a small speaker called the Mosquito. It blares a constant, high-pitched ringing noise all night long — but one that only teenagers and young adults can hear.

Anyone over age 25 is supposed to be immune because, basically, their ear cells have started to die off. Philadelphia parks officials have been installing the device since 2014, reported WHYY’s Billy Penn, intending to shoo rowdy youths from the premises.

And it’s not the only U.S. city to do so. Mosquito’s Vancouver-based manufacturer Moving Sound Technologies works with roughly 20 parks departments around the country to implement the youth-repellent devices, says president Michael Gibson.

It’s intended to prevent loitering and vandalism by teens and young adults at public facilities. But some say this age-based targeting is a form of prejudice.

Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym refers to the devices as “sonic weapons” — and she’s working to get them removed. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/10/739908153/can-you-hear-it-sonic-devices-play-high-pitched-noises-to-repel-teens

From Moving Sound Technologies website, https://www.movingsoundtech.com/  it says this,

The patented Mosquito is a small speaker that produces a high frequency sound much like the buzzing of the insect it’s named after. This high frequency can be heard by young people 13 to 25 years old.

The latest version of the Mosquito is called the MK4 Multi-Age. It has two different settings one for teenagers 13 – 25 years and one setting for all ages. When it is set to 17KHz the Mosquito can only be heard by teenagers approximately 13 to 25 years of age. When set to 8 KHz the Mosquito can be heard by all ages.

So as you can clearly see, in the natural realm, the ability to “hear” is not equal to everyone or thing. Consider that our phones, tv’s and radio’s are perceiving things that we can’t and only through them can we gain the information they interpret for us.

NOW, think of the Spiritual application of the Bible verse. We need to pray for discernment of God’s Word. As with hearing, reading God’s Word can bring with it different understanding. We know the enemy of our soul began the fall of man in the Garden of Eden by misrepresenting what God had said.

The Apostle Paul tells us that, So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

But Jesus gave us a warning and a promise after He explained to His disciples the parables of the “Sower of the Seed.” Jesus said directly that the “Seed” was the Word of God sown into the hearts of men. He explained the different ways that “Seed of the Word” prospered or didn’t. The warning and promise Jesus gave at the end was,

Mark 4:24  Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.

What I hope you consider is to look at your motive as you read or hear the Word of God preached. Is it to learn the character and heart’s desire of God and what His desire for your life is? Or do you mostly read into God’s Word or hear His messengers with a preconceived agenda or what can I get in the “natural realm” from Him? Maybe you claim the blessings and say the curses or conditions for blessings aren’t for our generation.

You don’t have to read between the lines of the explanations of the Greek words for “hearing” to see that it is God that transmits to the ones He chooses, in a frequency He chooses, what He chooses to be discerned by the “hearer.”  And as the Word Helps Studies says, “what” they are given in the ability to “Hear” by God is directly linked to “FAITH.”

Again I must say that we MUST be a “Good Berean” and study the scriptures for ourselves in a way that gives the whole context of any given scripture. It’s so easy to quote a single verse or even only part of a verse to get the wrong or unprofitable understanding of it. Don’t you realize God notices that His conditions for the blessings or His warnings of what will bring a bad consequence is being disregarded.

I read 3 Bible verses of the day, every day, but as I am lead, I try to learn what is God trying to convey beyond what as at the surface. I want to know what was in God’s mind as He directed His Holy Spirit to entice a human to record His thought and what it means for my walk with God.

Maybe because of the severity of my past sinful life that I used to live, I have a deeper desire to “know what God is saying” so it will keep me out of trouble as I apply it correctly. Maybe it’s because in hindsight, I can remember the warnings God gave me that I disregarded only to suffer the consequences. Some of them I still carry with me today. Sometimes I pray and ask God to remove the memories of my past sins but let me remember the consequences so that I don’t even consider repeating them ever again.

We need to always keep in mind that God knows our heart better than we do. He knows that our hearts are easily prone to sin and wander from Him because of our fallen nature. Until we die, that fallen nature is alive and well in our flesh and must be dealt with daily. Only by His Grace and Mercy has He given the Holy Spirit to those who desire a deeper walk with Him. The Holy Spirit connects us to Jesus and our Dear Heavenly Father. The Holy Spirit is our “receiver” to “hear” what Father God is speaking to our heart. We are told and common sense alone tells us that we should do nothing to cause the Holy Spirit to distance Himself from us. By that simple reasoning, we can also imagine what things we can do to draw nearer to the Holy Spirit as well. In doing so we open or fine tune our ability to perceive the things God would want us to know, when He wants us to know them, according to His Will.

That brings me to the form of the word “Follow” that is used in John 10:27. It is used only 3 (Three) times in the New Testament.

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So as you can see, “they follow” is speaking to the ones, a particular group, who “join or accompany Him.” It’s not speaking to the ones who are trying to get God to join what their road, “agenda” is. It’s describing the one who comes alongside and wants to get onboard with what “God’s Agenda” is. It’s another way of saying in the most unselfish way,

Luke 22:41-43 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.

Seeking FIRST the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, His Will and NOT ours will always have the result of opening our spiritual eyes and ears to the Will of God.

It’s not a glamorous place to live in and often it’s a solitary place to live in because even many “spiritual” people around you misinterpret a heart to follow God as a “Holier than thou” attitude. Maybe because deep down they have counted the cost of having that sincere attitude towards God and the things of God and said NO, NOT that far.

Inevitably, if you answer the call of God that He gave to Abram you will discover it to be a road many people will think you are walking alone but you aren’t, you’re really only following or walking alongside the Master.

Genesis 12:1  Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.

Even then, God’s promise is that if you leave behind EVERYTHING for Him, He Will open your understanding to new and better, much better things. Jesus didn’t contradict His Father’s Word,

Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

Disciple – A “Follower” of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require.

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Some may not understand how Jesus who came to express the Love of God to the world say we “must hate.” It’s because of what it’s really saying. NOT what our limited English from Greek translation fails to enlighten. Oddly it brings me back to the focus of a post I read recently about how we Prioritize the important things in our life whether we admit it or not. https://beautybeyondbones.com/2019/11/25/actions-words-priorities/

After reading it, the concept of “priorities” came up in scriptures and life. Almost like going through a course on “priorities” for a few days. So the word “hate” isn’t only about despising or detesting cold heartedly. It’s about doing that in comparison to something else. To “love less, esteem less” It says it means “evaluating one value over another.” It’s about on what level is God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit the “Priority” in your life, See for yourself,

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I want to close this post with a prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you so much that you have made your Holy Word a Living Word to my mind and heart. I thank you that Your Spirit leads me in ways to hunger and thirst to understand more fully what your Word is speaking directly to me so I can apply it to my walk with you. I am so thankful that You allow me to walk with You and for all the ways You make me feel welcome on the walk. Lord please keep Your hand firmly upon me and help me not to go astray, to get ahead of You or to fall behind. Lord please make my prayer the heart cry of everyone who reads this post. Become more real to them than
The ground I’m standing on
You’re more real than
The wind in my lungs

 

 

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