How Good are Our Ears? — 2019 April 7

Neither death nor life . . . nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus."
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Painting of Jesus kneeling with hands folded together in prayer with the words, "Very early in the morning . . . Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."Create in Me a Clean Heart, O Lord   —new series title

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Create in Me a Clean Heart, O Lord (series)

How good are our ears? (part 3)

Matthew 11:15  “He who has ears to hear. Let him hear!”

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” —Mark 1:35

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” —Luke 5:16
 Photo of scrolls rolled up on a Bible with the words, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

He began by saying to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” —Luke 4:21

Two habits worth imitating: the habits of                              and                                 reading. 

Listening to God is a                                    experience. 

Learning to listen to the voice of God: 

The first tool — a                                          time and place. 

“In the morning my prayer comes before you.” —Psalm 88:13

“Let my… praise be like the evening sacrifice.” —Psalm 141:2

          “Evening, morning and noon I cry out.” —Psalm 55:17

The second tool — an                                       Bible. 

Photo of a man sitting against a large tree reading a book with the words, "Seek and you will find."

“Do you understand what you are reading?  How can I unless some explains it to me?”   “Search and you will find.” —Matthew 7:7

God commends those who “chew on the Scripture day and night.” —Psalm 1:2

“You will understand respect for the LORD, and you will find that you know God.” —Proverbs 2:4-5

The third tool is a                                          heart. 

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do.” —Philippians 4:9

How Long Since We Have Let God Love Us?   

          “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”  —Jeremiah 31:3

“Nothing… will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ.”  —Romans 8:39

Photo of hands reaching up toward the sun with the words, "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save . . ."

“The LORD your God is with you; the mighty One will save you.  He will rejoice over you.  You will rest in His love; He will sing and be joyful about you.”  —Zephaniah 3:17

Note who is active and who is passive: 

Who singing, and who is resting? 

Who is rejoicing over his loved one, and who is being rejoiced over? 

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Rev. Kenneth L. Williamson
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