Take Heed What You Hear
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | May 1, 2018Mark 4:23-25 (NKJV) “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. Then He said to them, Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
Have you developed a hearing ear? It is our responsibility to develop a hearing ear. A hearing ear is one that is inclined to hear the Lord. People are pretty good at inclining their ear when they eavesdrop on another conversation! In such cases people will position their ears to maximize their hearing ability. It is amazing how a person can tune into a conversation in another room while oblivious to the conversation taking place next to them. Although the situation is somewhat different, the principle of inclining our ears is the same. Jesus said, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” Not only are we to hear, but we are to listen and take heed to what we hear. We must treasure what we hear and implement it in our lives. Here is a little word of advice: develop a practice of recording what God speaks to you in your time alone with Him or through a public proclamation of the Word of God. In this way you can go back and meditate on it later. What is the Biblical concept of meditation? Consider the digestive track of a cow. A cow grazes for hours and then lays down. During this time of rest, they bring back up and chew on what they spent hours collecting. In the same way, we need to meditate on what God has already spoken to us. In doing so, we will be given more. If we neglect to take heed to what we have already been given, we will lose what we had. How many times do we fail to record the little nuggets of wisdom and insights that God shared with us? How many times have we regretted this after they have slipped from our minds? What God reveals to us needs to be meditated upon until it becomes part of our spirit so that it is not easily lost.
David said in Psalm 63:6, “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.” Again he says in Psalm 119:148, “My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.” David was a man who took heed to what he heard. He spent time “chewing” on God’s Word and meditating upon the awesomeness of God. As king, David had “recorders,” people who stood by him to record what he had to say. Many of David’s psalms and the wisdom he passed down to Solomon came out of the overflow of heeding what he heard.
Train your ears to listen to God’s Word and for His voice. Carry a pen and pad with you to jot down what the Lord speaks to your heart. You might want to carry a small voice recorder to record what the Lord is speaking to you. Make a habit of taking notes anytime the Word of God is being taught or preached. Developing the simple habit of taking notes has a way of helping you cultivate a hearing ear. Plus, you can always go back and digest what you heard. As you are reading the Bible, jot down anything that God illuminates from His Word. Writing can tap into the flow of revelation as often happens when one speaks prophetically. I have discovered that even as I begin to write down what God has given me, a flow of prophetic writing sometimes begins and whereby I receive more. Keep a journal where you can record what the Lord is saying and doing in your life. Not only will this become a source of encouragement as you look back upon what the Lord has done in your life, but it can become a part of the spiritual heritage passed down to your children and grandchildren. Journaling is a great way to take heed to what we have heard and to pass it on to the next generation. If you have not done so, begin a journal today.
Prayer: “Lord, grant unto me a hearing ear that takes heed to what I hear. I incline my ears unto Your sayings. I choose to listen for Your voice. Teach me Your ways, O Lord, and lead me in Your paths. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”