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We Hear But We Don’t Listen

I’ve recently started reading the New Testament in the New Living Translation with a group of friends and it has helped me to see the Word of God in a new light. It is so exciting how something as simple as a different translation can help inspire us to seek a deeper revelation of the Truth.

As I was reading Matthew 13, this is what jumped out at me! Listen!!!

Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.

Listen–in verse 3 is the word behold in the KJV. It indicates that there is something important being said and the people should give their attention to it. He wants them to focus their attention on what He is saying! Then Jesus tells the parable of the sower.

In verse 9 Jesus again instructs them to listen and understand. The KJV uses the word hear. The Greek word is akouō which means to attend to, consider what is or has been said; to understand, perceive the sense of what is said.

He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables,

“For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.”

“Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest.”

 How many of us hear but don’t make the effort to understand, to seek revelation from Holy Spirit??? We take it at face value and don’t desire to know the deeper things that have the power to transform our lives. We have no real desire for the deeper things that are able to give us the hundred-fold harvest. Maybe it’s because we hear something but we don’t really listen!

Can it be that we have bought into the lie of the enemy that what we have is the best we can hope for? Have our ears become so dull of hearing that we are deaf to the extremely great and precious promises that God has in store for those who will listen, hear and understand? Is the Word of God just something to memorize and quote when it seems the right thing to do, or is it something that has become a part of the who that we are? Can we listen in order to hear the revelation Holy Spirit has for us? The Word of God is Spirit and it is Life. It was God’s intention for His Word to abide in us!!! And when that happens, His promise is just so awesome:

If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7 AMP

Or check out the NLT version:

 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

Maybe it’s because we don’t believe.

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