“16 But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our report?
17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
It is the ear, not the mind, that is the organ of response. Not all have ears to hear. When we seek the Lord to hear our prayers, we are not telling him something He already knows about our situation but we are beseeching Him to respond and to answer our prayers.
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7
The modern church which has embraced modern psychology appeals to the mind’s intellectual response. The hearing of the Word of God is merely to take in information but the response is to another gospel. A gospel that requires an intellectual response from the carnal mind.
“11 He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” Matthew 11-16.
Blessed are the ears that hear…the ears that respond to the Word of God without dissecting through their carnal mind. Many vain philosophies have been birthed from the vanities of man’s mind resulting in deafness and blindness among us. Hearing the Word of God requires an appropriate response which is faith and obedience. Otherwise, we are hearing but hear not when we receive the information from the Word of God but do not respond. Sadly though, when we hear other information other than the Word of God, is when we actually respond. Responding to harbingers, shemitahs, purpose driven life, feasts, ceremonies, etc., is NOT hearing the Word of God…hearing we hear not. We are taking in information from the Word of God but responding to the other methods for holiness and righteousness and are deceived. The result is self righteousness and deaf ears.
“To whom shall I (God) speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the Word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.” Jeremiah 6:10
Recognize your delight and what it is that causes you to respond. Do you respond by hearing the Word of God to the Word of God? The Word of God is alive and can therefore never be exhausted. Jesus Christ is Alive. He sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God looking to and fro to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward HIM…those who respond to HIS Word, not methods of man.
Jesus Christ has made a way for whosoever will believe to have life and life more abundantly. He did not leave us here on this earth to wonder blind and deaf. We must seek Him for Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Saint, and we seek Him through HIS Word…not methods from the vanities of man’s carnal mind.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the Church. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren