Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 24 Scripture Selection: Luke 8:1-21
Food for Thought: Luke 8:8, 15, 18
“He that has ears to hear, left him hear.” The Lord said this often. He desires that we hear with our spiritual ears and discern what is said spiritually. It is quite possible to hear a message from the Word and reap absolutely no fruit from it. Apparently, the Lord expects us to decide how we hear and He implies that not everyone will hear.
Do we hear the message with only superficial understanding? Do we hear it at all? (Sometimes, our thoughts on other things can distract us from the Word and cause us to completely miss it.) Or do we make sure we pay attention with our spirits and water the seed by meditating on it and praying about it? Just showing up for a sermon, making an appearance, and “doing our time” will not produce any long-lasting effects.
One thing that helps me “hear” spiritually is to take notes during a sermon and when exposed to the Word through other venues. It still requires decision to hear with the spirit, but it sure helps to focus. Then, even after the message, it’s good to go over it and apply it any way the Lord may be leading by faith. It is also important to take the necessary measures to protect the seed and encourage growth and production. (See verses 11-15.)
According to today’s passage, hearing the Word correctly is directly related to production of good fruit in our lives. Those who do not experience much of a good harvest in their lives should check to see just how they are hearing the Word.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):