More Reasons To Hear

Greetings;

I have just finished a great weekend with Pastor Paul Fowler and LifeChurch in Bryan / College Station, Texas. It was a full and blessed weekend. From Friday through Sunday God’s presence and goodness was with us. Thank you so much to all the hungry, willing, and teachable people here.

Last week I began to address reasons to hear God’s voice. Today I want to continue with four more reasons to hear God. I presented last week that:

  1. The first reason to hear God is to know the life that comes by being loved by God. It is to have a relationship with Him and know Him – this is eternal life. Revelation2:7
  2. A second reason to hear God is to overcome the fear of death in all things. Love does whatever is necessary and thus it will physically manifest that love in the actions of our lives. Revelation 2:10, 11
  3. A third reason to hear God Is to know the inward transformation of God’s word in our hearts and His outward testimony in our lives. These are the fruit of responding to God’s gifts of His Word and Spirit in and through our lives. Revelation 2:17

If we look at the fourth letter in the book of Revelation we find the church of Thyatira. The name Thyatira means, sacrifice or labor of love. True authority is the ability to give life to others. Having been judged in Christ, we can now give life to others. We are under authority and thus we have been given authority. The ability to give life in and to any circumstance has been given to Jesus as the Son of Man, therefore, we can give life to those who are in our sphere of life. It is a matter of submission to receive authority and submission to give that substance of life to others. A fourth reason for hearing God is to give life to our world. We can bring light to any darkness and transform it to day.

Revelation 2:26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— 27 ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as I also have received from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The name Sardis means, prince of joy. It is in the presence of God that there is the fullness of joy. We are awake to God and we are children of the day and not the night. We know the power of His Might and the testimony of who we are in Christ reveals His resurrection power to our world. We are each a part in the testimony of His calling, His inheritance, and His power to the world around us. A fifth reason for hearing God is to walk in the works prepared for us in Christ. We are sent ones; thus, angels work with us to reveal the goodness of our Father through our lives as part of the testimony of His Son.

Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The name Philadelphia means, brotherly love. We are increasingly experiencing the testimony of communion with Him and one another that inspires the testimony of His community in the earth. We are increasingly knowing God in our midst as the family of God. We are the people of God in the earth. A sixth reason to hear God is to be a pillar of God’s presence in the earth that loves and lives for God and His family.

Revelation 3:12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. 13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The name Laodicea means, just people. True justice is not a testimony of what is right verses what is wrong. True justice is to become the substance of who God is as those who have clearly obtained His mercy. We can know the power of prayer that is really a face-to-face relationship with God in all things. A seventh reason to hear God is to be consumed with His zeal for His glory. This only comes by knowing Him in us and us in Him in all things. We can partner with Him in all things and reign in life.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ ”

These are reasons to hear God. None of them are focused on knowing what to do, being independent, being successful, or doing some great thing in life. All of these reasons are about being connected to Him in all things.

  1. The first reason to hear God is to know the life that comes by being loved by God. It is to have a relationship with Him and know Him – this is eternal life. Revelation2:7
  2. A second reason to hear God is to overcome the fear of death in all things. Love does whatever is necessary and thus it will physically manifest that love in the actions of our lives. Revelation 2:10, 11
  3. A third reason to hear God Is to know the inward transformation of God’s word in our hearts and His outward testimony in our lives. These are the fruit of responding to God’s gifts of His Word and Spirit in and through our lives. Revelation 2:17
  4. A fourth reason for hearing God is to give life to our world. We can bring light to any darkness and transform it to day. Revelation 2:26-29
  5. A fifth reason for hearing God is to walk in the works prepared for us in Christ. We are sent ones; thus, angels work with us to reveal the goodness of our Father through our lives as part of the testimony of His Son. Revelation 3:5, 6
  6. A sixth reason to hear God is to be a pillar of God’s presence in the earth that loves and lives for God and His family. Revelation 3:12, 13
  7. A seventh reason to hear God is to be consumed with His zeal for His glory. This only comes by knowing Him in us and us in Him in all things. We can partner with Him in all things and reign in life. Revelation 3:20-22

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Ted J. Hanson is the author of several Christian books intended to equip and raise up strong believers in Christ. He leads a training school known as Christ Life Training (www.christlifetraining.com) and ministers globally through House of Bread Ministry (www.houseofbreadministry.org). Ted travels to various places throughout the U.S. as well as other countries. He is a dynamic preacher/teacher who has a heart to share, uncompromisingly, the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He holds a bachelor of theology and masters of biblical studies through Christian International Ministries Network and is ordained through Abundant Life Ministries and House of Bread Ministry. He has served to plant and establish many ministries.
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