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The Rebellion

  • For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence firm to the end, while it is said, 'Today if you will hear his voice, don't harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.' For who, when they heard, rebelled? Wasn't it all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? Hebrews 3:15'16 WEB

    When Joshua and Caleb returned to the Israelite camp after spying out the promised land, they encouraged the people to cross the river and begin taking possession of it. But the people gave into fearful reports from the other spies and decided to stone Moses, appoint a new leader, and return to slavery in Egypt. As they began to gather rocks to stone Moses and Aaron, the Glory of the Lord descended on the tent of meeting, and He was very displeased (Numbers 14:4-12). The Lord told Moses: 'How long will this people despise Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?'

    This is called 'the rebellion' and it is what the writer of Hebrews is referencing. The Lord told the people to do something, to enter the promised land, and they said 'No.' They heard God's voice, but they did not take action, and their hearts were hardened. This is a dangerous pattern to fall into.

    When the Lord speaks to us, two things can happen:

    1) We obey His voice and become more sensitive to the prompting of His Holy Spirit, and it will be easier to hear Him the next time He speaks to us.

    2) We choose to ignore Him and we become hardened and less sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Eventually His word bounces off us like water off a duck's back.

    For example, you may hear a message about 'bla bla' and feel convicted about it, but you brush it off and do nothing. The next time you hear about 'bla bla' it will be a little less convicting. Soon when you hear someone passionately preach about 'bla bla' you won't feel a thing. You become desensitized to His word, spiritually hardened, and the breakthrough that He wanted to bring about in your life, you may never see. When that happens, is it His fault? No, it is our own. He can lead us to the promised land, but we have to choose to follow Him across the river and not let our fear hold us back.

    Whenever we come under conviction while hearing the truth, we must take immediate action, or suffer spiritual loss. If the Holy Spirit is urging us to pray for someone, then we must pray for them. If He is urging us to give something, then we must give. If He is urging us to encourage someone, then we should encourage them. Our faith is proven by our actions, and we have to do our part, for faith without works is dead. Too many today have ignored God's voice for so long that they can no longer hear Him at all. It is a spiritual deafness.

    A great oak tree starts as a small seed but grows, so it is with our faith and our hearing. Practicing will make you become better at it. If God is speaking, then we must answer or suffer spiritual hearing loss. If we continue to ignore His voice, we will eventually not hear Him at all. If we practice listening and acting on His words, then we will sharpen our hearing and increase our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

    Jesus spoke a lot about people hearing the Spirit, and He made it clear that not everyone can. A phrase that He used a lot was: 'He who has ears to hear, let him hear!' This is quoted at least sixteen times in the New Testament.

    The Pharisees in the Gospel accounts had become so hardened that they could no longer hear God speaking to them, even when He stood right in front of them, face to face. They were spiritually deaf. Jesus said in Luke 8:18 'Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.'

    If you ignore His voice, eventually He will stop speaking to you about it, until you begin listening. He does not waste His time by speaking to spiritually deaf people. Jesus did not spend His time begging the hardened Pharisees to listen to Him, instead He taught the spiritually thirsty. We can improve our hearing anytime we choose, by simply listening and obeying.

    Today is the first day of the rest of your life. No matter what has been in the past, we can make a new start today. If God is speaking to us, we must not put off our obedience. It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me another chance at hearing Your voice. Please help me know when You are speaking to me, and give me the grace to obey, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Jeremiah 17:8 'For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream, and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green,and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit." ~ 'Hot August Nights' will be our next fun theme and is wide open for creative interpretation as always. How do you stay chill in the heat-wave? We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect how we make it through those hot moments. Have a fantastic week y'all, and let us not be anxious when the heat is on. God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for your word today! Help us to hear and understand when you speak to us and guiding us.....Thank you, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen ❤️
Aug 18
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

Aug 18
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Open my ears that I will hear you loud and clear and know what to do. Help me God. Praise God praise Jesus. In the name of Jesus Amen 

Aug 18
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Lord speak to me. I want to obey your Word. Amen

Aug 18
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please let us hear your voice Jesus and know that is you speaking. We love and worship you. Amen 

Aug 18
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you Pastor.

Aug 18
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Great  message praise God in jesus name amen 

Aug 18
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 18
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Aug 18
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen I am listening Lord

Aug 18
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning 

Aug 18
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father give me the wisdom to hear Your voice when You speak to me and through me and follow Your command, speak to me in a way I can understand and open my ears to Your word. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Lead us Lord. 

Yes Pastor, we need to be attentive to his calling. God bless you and Sylvia. 

Aug 18
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

Aug 18
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 19