Preparing to Hear

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Proverbs 3:6 (MSG)
6 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Luke 8:5-8 (NIV)
5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.
6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
1. The “Tempted” Heart
Luke 8:12 (NIV)
12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
2. The “Distracted” Heart
Luke 8:13 (NIV)
13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
Luke 10:39-40 (NIV)
39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he
said.
40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
3. The “Immature” Heart
Luke 8:14 (NIV)
14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
Hebrews 6:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity …
4. The “Prepared” Heart
Luke 8:15 (NIV)
15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
How Can I Prepare My Heart To Hear God’s Voice Clearly?
1. Keep It Clean
Forgive, Forgive, Forgive
2. Remove Any Distractions
How’s Your “Screen Time” With Jesus?
3. Commit To Growth
Healthy Things Grow