Holman Street Baptist Church:
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“DEVELOPING MY RELATIONSHIPS”
John 10:27; Matthew 13:10-17; Isaiah 30:21
Bible Fact: God expects for His chosen, saved people, to hear His voice in order for them to demonstrated and communicate an effective response of obedience and acceptance of His will.
The Big Idea: By developing a sensitive spiritual ear to the voice of God, the faith, righteousness, peace, prosperity, power and joy of every believer will become more personally rewarding and to the glory of God.
Renown writer, radio teacher and pastor Charles Swindoll once found himself with too many commitments in too few days. He got nervous and tense about it.
“I was snapping at my wife and our children, choking down my food at mealtimes, and feeling irritated at those unexpected interruptions through the day,” he recalled in his book Stress Fractures. “Before long, things around our home started reflecting the patter of my hurry-up style. It was becoming unbearable.” I distinctly remember after supper one evening, the words of our younger daughter, Colleen. She wanted to tell me something important that had happened to her at school that day. She began hurriedly, ‘Daddy, I wanna tell you somethin’ and I’ll tell you really fast.’ “Suddenly realizing her frustration, I answered, ‘Honey, you can tell me -- and you don’t have to tell me really fast. Say it slowly.” “I’ll never forget her answer: ‘Then listen slowly.” Bits & Pieces, June 24, 1993, pp. 13-14.
Have we learned to listen slowly to God in a hurry-up world? Listening to God is a solution in itself to many if not most of our problems and our blessing in life.
God does speak: He spoke in the Old Testament from the beginning.
A. God spoke in creation; Genesis 1:3,6,9,11, 14, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
B. God spoke to Adam (and Eve); Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:9-13
C. God spoke to Noah; Genesis 6:12-22; Genesis 7:1, 5, 7,11,15,16
God considered Noah because He needed someone who cared about the sinful conditions of His creation at that time.
God called sin what sin is without compromise.
God concluded that sin must always be conquered by Divine participation.
God collectively gathered Noah’s family by grace into the ark for salvation.
God made a covenant with man because Noah listened to God.
D. God spoke to Abraham; Genesis 12:1-4; Genesis 18:23-32; Genesis 22:1,2,3, 9
God’s voice is heard by faith from within those that hear and participate with Him. Genesis 12:1-4
True faith listens –true faith hears – true faith heeds to God, even if it is the first time doing so.
Obedience against sin is the only true sign that one is heeding to what God says. Genesis 18:23-33
The temptation of sin makes one stay too long, go too far and desire not to quit and therefore difficult and uncertain to resolve.
True faith hearers neither murmur nor doubt God’s ability to be trusted. Genesis 22 :1-5; 10-18
True faith hearers must also prove their love and loyalty to God’s plan for their life.