Hindrances To Hearing God's Voice (5 of 8) by Rick Ferguson

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HINDRANCES TO HEARING GOD'S VOICE (5 of 8)
LISTENING TO GOD
REVELATION 13:9 "HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR."
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
MATTHEW 13:10-17

QUESTION: I wonder if you came here today expecting to
hear from a Preacher (me) or to hear from God?

I hope you came here wanting and expecting to hear
from God.
For you see, if all you really anticipated doing is
listening to me preach--you are probably going to
leave empty and disappointed:
* I'm just a man like you
* I'm not a great public speaker
* I've never been very entertaining
* And what I say is the word of man

HOWEVER

If you came anxiously expecting to and wanting to hear
from God--I can assure you, you will be neither bored
nor disappointed. For you see, God indeed is speaking
and He has a personal message for each of you today.
He may communicate it to you through:
* The songs we sing
* A prayer that is prayed
* Fellowship with another believer
* He may even communicate a message directly to you
through me as I preach.

In fact, I am very, very certain, if you are listening
and looking for God to speak to you in this message--
you will hear from God. I probably won't even know:

* What God is saying to you personally as I preach
* How God is applying what I preach to your specific
life
* How the Holy Spirit will interpret the words I speak
to your heart

But this is in fact how God works. He takes this
rather generic sermon I have deliberated over, prayed
over and prepared- and He interprets it and applies it
to your heart in a very specific way.

Ex: I am constantly amazed at how God does this. I am
usually not even aware of it as it is happening. But
I'll have people go out and say, "Boy Pastor, I really
appreciated what you said today" and then they will
quote something "they heard me say" and they will tell
me, "That is just what I needed to hear, God really
spoke to me through that."

And all the while they are ...


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