Daily Devotional

HEARING GOD

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left”. Isaiah 30:21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVAILING BELIEFS

 “For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both”. Acts 23:8

 

Two rival religious groups dominated the landscape in Jesus’ days; namely, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The two groups shared a couple of similarities. When representatives of both groups came to John’s baptism, he denounced them jointly as “broods of vipers”. (See Matthew 3:7). Both groups came with tricky questions just to trap Jesus in His words. Also, Jesus summed up both groups as hypocrites when He warned His disciples to beware of them and their doctrines.  However, they were split in one major area; that is, in their beliefs. The Sadducees did not believe in life after death. They denied the resurrection. In addition, they did not believe in the existence of angels or spirits. On the other hand, the Pharisees subscribed to resurrection and existence of spirits.

 

Now, in our immediate past meditation we queried what often led to the crippling fear exhibited by the disciples whenever they perceived or heard of spirits. On two different occasions, they assumed that Jesus was a spirit. That means they believed in the existence of spirits. By this same token we can say that they must have imbibed some of the notions of the Pharisees concerning spirits. The point we are making today is that we are often a product of the prevailing beliefs in our environment. Unless we stay on guard and in tune with the word of God, we may take on some of the errors making round in our environment.

 

FURTHER STUDY: ROMANS 12:1-5

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, give me clear mind to believe what is right.

The ability to hear God is of paramount importance for believers; otherwise our profiting will be limited or impossible altogether. We must know what God is saying. If you do not know how to receive the word of God, you do not know how to pray accurately. Again, if you do not know how to receive the word of God, how will you ever know when it is fulfilled? When we speak of hearing the word of God and appropriating His promises, the issue of geography comes to play. God will only tell you some things at designated places. Jeremiah had to go to the potter’s house in order to receive the word of God. In addition, certain things that God purposed can only come to pass in designated locations. If you have the word of promise but you are wrongly located, you are not likely going to see it fulfilled.

 

One more thing to take into cognizance is the element of timing. We have to know the season that the word of God has been programmed for fulfilment. God speaks His word in seasons, and He performs it in seasons. We need to go beyond just obtaining the word of God; we must press on in the spirit until we know the season of performance. This is where we must tie this to our previous meditation. Both in receiving the word of God and knowing the timing of accomplishment, the Holy Spirit cannot be discounted. It is only as we allow the Spirit to have His way in us by yielding to Him in swift obedience that we can prosper by the word of God.

 

FURTHER STUDY: JEREMIAH 15:11-16

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, lead me to the treasure of God’s word.