• Joseph A. Bias

Guard Your Hearing

“And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.” Mark 4:24

“Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” Luke 8:18

“He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:47

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…” John 10:27

Hearing is one of the most valued senses we have, especially when it comes to having faith in God. Faith comes by hearing. But hearing, that is, the ability to hear with understanding, comes by the Word of God.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

Now, the opposite of faith is fear. Fear also comes by hearing. That is, by hearing continually the words of the world, the words of the people under the influence and control of the father of lies.

They are driven by their own deception and lusts. Like the devil they are self-deceived believing and proclaiming the lie. The most skillful of them know they are lying, but they deliberately choose to declare their lies as truth. The worst are those who ignorantly have been brainwashed to believe the liars and commit themselves to whatever they hear because they trust the liar instead of the truth. The Jim Jones cult and those like them who committed mass suicide in the late 1970s, are clear examples of such people.

What we choose to hear and believe we will eventually act on. Our actions repeatedly executed eventually develop into habits and habits determine our lifestyles. Our lifestyles determine our destinies. Our destinies fix the ultimate ends of our lives. We are being changed day by day by what we are hearing and hearing again and again.

So, Jesus warns us to take heed to what we are hearing. Pay attention to what is being poured into our souls by the things we are hearing. Children are particularly vulnerable to what they hear. It sets the course of their lives. We are affected by all the noises that surround us all through the day. Where we can control the discourses we hear we can choose to be fed those things that edify and sustain our lives, or we can become directly or indirectly the dumping ground for all kinds of messages of death, fear and anxiety that debilitates and robs us of our peace.

Words are powerful indeed, but hearing is the gateway to what we choose to believe. If we hear and believe God’s Word we will have life. All other voices are purveyors of death.

What we hear is important, but howwe hear is equally important.

“Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” Luke 8:18

For those who have a deposit of the Word of God in them, there will be more of the Word of God that they can hear and receive with the understanding that leads to life and that more abundantly.

Likewise, the more we hear of the words and the ways of the world the less we will have of the ability to hear the truth of God and the less true understanding we will have to draw on in the critical moment.

But the more we fill ourselves and feed on the Word of God the more peace we will have in the time of trouble, because we trust in the Lord.

“Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of eviltidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:6

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