During His earthly ministry Jesus made some powerful statements about the importance of hearing. In Mark 4:24 He told us to take heed what we hear and in Luke 8:18 He said to take heed how we hear. I believe one of the ways that God begins working in our life to turn things around for us and to give us better “tomorrows,” from a bad past is through hearing. There is great potential in hearing as seen in these verses:
1. WHAT WE HEAR CAN CHANGE AN UNBLESSED PAST Mark 5:25-34.
Nothing started working for the woman who suffered with the issue of blood for twelve years until she heard v. 27 “When she had heard of Jesus….”
2. WHAT WE HEAR CAN DETERMINE BLESSINGS WE RECEIVE Acts 19:1-6.
The reason given as to why they were living outside of the promised blessing was, “… We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”
3. WHAT WE HEAR INCREASES OUR POTENTIAL TO OVERCOME Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.
The remedy and prescription Jesus gave for each Church to overcome was in the realm of hearing, “He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh….”
4. WHAT WE HEAR CAN GET US WHAT WE’RE MISSING IN OUR LIFE Mark 10:46-52.
Blind Bartimaeus didn’t cry out in faith to receive his sight, what he was missing in his life until, “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazereth, he began to cry out and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.” He didn’t need eyes to get what he was missing from Jesus only ears and faith.
5. WHAT WE HEAR CAN CHANGE “NOTHING” INTO “SOMETHING,” Luke 5:1-11.
After toiling all night and taking nothing Peter heard the words of Jesus, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught (catch).” In spite of taking nothing he heard and said, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” The result was a net breaking and boat sinking load of fish.
Never underestimate the power and potential of hearing the Word of God. Give your ear to hearing the Word of God and watch God bring His Word to pass in your life.