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Hear & Apply

Posted: Saturday, November 1

Pastor Shawn Follis // Student Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Student Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Ezekiel 1:1-3:15
Hebrews 3:1-19
Psalm 104:1-23
Proverbs 26:24-26

 

Verse of the day:

Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself.
(Ezekiel 3:10)


We live in a world where the mottos seems to be “tweet first, think second.” So many people are voicing their reactions and opinions to things without pausing to really think about what they are saying. We need to make sure that we are taking the time to pause before we hit the send key.

 

God was going to speak to the exiles that were living in Babylon through Ezekiel. God was going to give him amazing visions and understanding about what God was doing in the world. However, before they got started with all of that, God wanted to make sure that Ezekiel understood that the message that God was giving was first for him, then for the people. It is a dangerous thing to yield your life to speak for God. Many ministers have fallen to the sin of pride, thinking that they had somehow arrived because they were able to hear God.

 

God wants us to make sure we are mediating on His Word and finding ways to apply it to our own lives. Most of the sermons that I preach I feel like I am preaching to an audience of one – ME! Before we share God’s words with others let us be sure we are taking the time today to:

  1. Meditate on God’s Word so that it sinks deep in our own hearts first.

  2. Listen and really hear what God is trying to say through His Word.

  3. Carefully examine our own lives and see the areas where we can apply His Word.

 

Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 9:27 “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (NLT) Let us make sure and discipline ourselves to read God’s Word and apply it to our lives, before we let our success take us where our character cannot sustain us.