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Are you listening?

Hearing actively, or listening to God is key for the believers in their walk with him. The question is, are you a good listener?

Sometimes we think that we are good listeners but God himself says we are all not good listeners. 

He says to Ezekiel, "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house," Ezekiel 12:2. So what we call listening is sometimes the opposite of what God expects us to be doing. 

Listening, but not giving Him your full attention isn’t listening. Being a good listener means setting aside every distraction, and focusing fully, and not paying attention to what will be going on in your head while you’re listening. You’re definitely not listening if you’re just planning what you’re going to say next.  Telling God what you are going to be doing isn’t listening, and so is praying. There is a time for everything; a time to pray, a time to listen and to do as you are told.

You’re listening if you focus on what he is saying to you do, and when you ask questions to help clarify your understanding. If you have an idea or relevant point forming in your head, wait for an appropriate moment to release it.

One mistake I see other believers do is that they get carried away in the direction of their own thoughts and finish God’s sentences for Him, but what they are doing is cutting God’s companionship off and disrupting him and distracting themselves through their own train of thoughts. But remember, your interjection is probably not the way God is going, instead He just feel dismissed when you narrate verses back to him, and probably feel less inclined to continue and finish His speaking to you. 

Paul says, "…if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you," Philippians 4:8-9.

You want God to be with you? Then be a good listener; it is him who dictates to you how to do about everything, whether is praying, or doing about your oblations. Don't fight with the pack, find your own way with God, and you will receive the crown of righteousness.

What are the things believers should stop doing to show that they listen to God’s word?

Sometimes the church is good at remaining obdurate in wrong doing, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men they pretty much know will not help.

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