Who Are You Listening To? by Ronnie Floyd

"WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO?"
Acts 13:4-12

INTRODUCTION: Review the book of Acts. Barnabas and Saul
had just been commissioned by the cuircI to do Cdd's work
and notice there is immediate (onfLict.
T.S.: Lessons we can learn from this spiritual and dynamic
passage from God's word.
.1. THE LOUDEST VOICE MAY NOT BE THE WISEST.(4-8)
Exp: (4) Saul, Barnabas, and John Mark went to Salamis
and began to proclaim the Word of God.
(5) They went then to Paphos and they found a
certain magician
(6) Elymas-translation of the word *sorcererl"'wiat
do you know about him?
a. Jew b. false prophet c. Bar-Jesus
d. Own name testified of his reputation for
occult wisdom
(7) Elymas was with Sergius Paulus, a very in-
telligent man. Paulus wanted to hear the
Word of God.
WHO SPOKE UP? A LOUD VOICE? His name is
Elymas, not a son of Jesus, but a son of
the devil.
(8) Elymas opposed the work of God-opposed the
godly men, sought to discredit their message,
and turn Sergius Paulus from hearing the truth.
*Elymas- mocked them, accused, and lied about
the men of God. Remember, the loudest voice
may not be the wisest.
Ill: Our nation continually conforms to the loudest
voice (Minority-special interest groups) The
principle and intention of a democracy is violated
as the majority is not even considered.
App: The loudest voice may not be the wisest. Who
are you listening to in your life today? What
are you listening to?
Ill: Every person listening today hears and listens
to various voices. What are some of these voices:
1. Voice of the immoral--"Everybody else is doing
it, why can't I?" "It's all right, everybody
else is doing it"
2. Voice of astrology or magic--Deutcerollomy
18:9-13 (Ro3d it)
3. Voice of humanism-"I iill LIe superior being"
4. Voice of Religion7,''lill otlr c{uirch snd you
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5. Voice within ourselves-"selfisliness, superior,
and me-oriented"
6. Voice of spiritual carnality-"creates division,
disilarmoily, broken r ...


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