Tuesday, September 15, 2015

PM#0511 Listenting to God Speaking through Others

Listing to God Speaking Through Others
I Cor 12 vs 14 and 18

What keeps us back from accepting the vision that God has given others?  Are we making our selves a judge of another person’s calling or dreams? Or is it that it does not fit our personal focus?

The Bible says in I Corinthians 12: 14.  For the body is not one member, but many…in verse 18 it says  … God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 

Now consider that if someone who carries the gospel, or the foot, should to say to the eye—I do not need you—don’t you think it would stumble?  That is similar to not accepting a vision of someone else in the body of Christ.  

What should we do?  Here is a prayer to consider:  Father, I ask you to help me listen to you speaking through others who love you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Reflection situation and questions:

The following situation is often true.  Years ago in College, one summer I sold Bible books, and occasionally I would ask others, what do you believe.  They stated that they would have to ask their minister.

So—it was the minister who told them what they believed—now lets take this further—when they hear someone share about what they heard from the Lord, and that person is not an ‘Ordained minister’ they may not accept  what is said as from the Lord.  That is something that may have been taught—teaching that only the preacher can do--not just little me or someone else--only the minister with a title.

The Lord does not speak just to ministers—He speaks to all who seek with pure and contrite heart.  When He speaks it may be something to guide us.  It may be like the eye which is there to guide us.

Have we really stopped to consider that when we do not listen—to others speaking about what they have learned from the Lord through God’s Word—that it could be like saying to the eye we do not need you?

How does this apply to us today? 

How can we encourage people to listen to others who spend time in God’s word?