Wednesday, January 18, 2006

When You Learn How to Hear, You Will Know What to Say

The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of disciples,
That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.
He awakens me morning by morning,
He awakens my hear ear to listen as a disciple.
(Isaiah 50:4 NASB)
This is discipleship, to hear what the Lord is saying, and to speak in agreement with him. Jesus is the prime example, and this was His modus operandi:
For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak. (John 12:49-50)
Jesus spoke only what He heard the Father saying. He was listening in the Spirit, hearing what is going on in the spiritual realm. This is important because the natural, physical realm comes forth from and is fully dependent upon the spiritual. For God is Spirit (John 4:20) and He created the heavens and the earth. What is more, He did it by His words (Hebrews 11:3).

If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, you have the same capacity to listen in the Spirit, to hear what the Father is saying, for you have been born again by the Holy Spirit:
For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches. (1 Corinthians 2:11-13)
You have the ability to hear the Shepherd, for Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27).

You also have the ability to hear the Word of God, for that is how the Holy Spirit ministers faith to your spirit. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

Jesus said that it is out the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). When you hear the Word of God and faith begins fill your heart to overflowing, you will find that what comes out of your mouth will be faith-filled words — and that is the ability to move mountains. Jesus said to His disciples:
Have faith in God. For assuredly I say to you, whoever says t this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (Mark 11:22-23).
In this verse, to have faith in God literally means to have faith of God, and that comes by hearing the Word of God.

When you learn how to hear the Word of God, you will know what to say. Let it fill your heart to overflowing, then you will have both the words and the faith to speak to mountains, and you will know how to sustain the weary one with a word. This was how Jesus operated, this is how He taught His disciples to operate, this is how you and I are to operate.