Whenever the word of God goes out, the Holy Spirit is always there to impress the word on the hearts of those who listen. Those who yield at that time end up becoming sons and daughters of God.
We can choose to be that generation that hears and listens to God. There is no doubt that God is speaking expressly in these last days. That’s why the scripture says,
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. 4:1, KJV).
As God speaks, it is left for man to respond to his leading. We must understand that who we listen to will have a great influence on our lives.
After Adam and Eve had taken of the fruit which God commanded them not to eat, they became afraid, scared, and they also saw that they were naked. They never knew this before. When God came walking in the cool of day to see them. He called out to them. Then Adam replied that they were naked. God then asked them who told them so. Apparently, they must have begun to receive such information from somewhere. It all came from their choice to disobey God and to listen to the serpent. We cannot claim to be Christians and fail to listen to the voice of God.
Sometimes the voices we listen to come from within us. Many people from their early years suffer from low self-esteem and a poor image of themselves. Many people view themselves less than God made them to be. Despite the fact that man was made in the image and likeness of God, people are still seeing themselves as less than that. This is because of something we can call the inner critic. There seems to be this voice in our hearts that tells us we are not good enough, or that other people are better than we are. This inner critic tells us we are not good enough, or we are not skilled enough, or that we cannot achieve a certain dream we may have conceived in our hearts.
Only God’s word is true. Only God’s word should be your reality.
No matter how great our dreams are, we will not be able to achieve them if we quietly doubt our ability or God’s ability to bring those things to pass. No matter how long this inner critic has held you down or limited you from doing that which you are supposed to, you can still overcome it with the word of God. You can begin to take in God’s word about that particular situation and respond powerfully with what God says about you. Whatever the inner critic says about you is not the truth. Only God’s word is true. Only God’s word should be your reality. Any other thing asides that should be completely discarded.
Always learn to interrupt the pattern of negative words that flow into your mind. Take a more positive outlook and make those positive statements into affirmations you believe. There is much power in positive thinking. Don’t give in to negative thinking.
Listening is important. The book of James tells us, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (Jas. 1:19, KJV). Through this, we can see that listening is more important than speaking. Jesus told us that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
In this case, it follows that when we listen, we do better because we are actually at the receiving end of what is being communicated. If you desire to be a better communicator, then you have to be a better listener. It is good to perfect your speaking skills, learn how to ask questions, and hold a conversation, but it is important to be able to listen and observe those who are being spoken to. The audience always consists of different kinds of people. One’s ability to read the audience and to observe them goes a long way in helping to channel the message to them.
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