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Hebrews XII - Listen Up



Hebrews XII

Listen Up

We live in a world full of noise, We’ve got data plans and wifi networks that keep us connected with the world. We’ve got televisions giving us information non-stop, We’ve got music in our earbuds, social media on our phones, not to mention constant advertisements along the road via billboards, yard signs, sign holders and people dressed like the statue of liberty, all while our favorite radio station is blasting through our car stereo. My point is, we live in a loud world, with lots and lots of voices.

Some of those voices want to change the way you see the world, others want your money, and some want your influence. What we as a generation need to master, more so than I believe any generation before us, is learning the discipline of choosing what voices we allow in our circle. We don’t just need to learn for this ourselves, but we need to pass on this discipline to the coming generations.

Why is this so important? What’s wrong with all the noise, some might even say they enjoy the noise. Truthfully, I get that. I do my best work sitting in a coffee shop earbuds in, volume up. This is how I did most of my school work, this is how I do much of my church work, and this is how I’m writing this message now. The discipline is control the situation, controlling the voices, the music, the influence. Refusing the incoming messages from the enemy, and pursuing the voice of God in all things.

There are many blessings from God that require our attention. So, the question I have for you now is, are you listening to the voice of God? Can you hear Him speaking into your life?

Your answer to this question might be, “God never speaks to me” It’s a common answer, but it’s a misguided one. The truth is God has already spoken to us in the most comprehensive way possible, the Bible. At Deeper, one of our pillars is “The Bible Is Our Source” and the reason that we stand on this pillar is because the Bible is God’s word to us. It’s a living word, which means that it’s relevant, and if applied to our life, it will change our attitudes and press us towards the Father.

We live in a world where Tik Tok is our source, where Instagram is our source, where Netflix is our source, where the thoughts and opinions of other people is our source, but it’s an anomaly where “The Bible is our source” At Deeper, our goal is that the Bible is our source, that the Bible becomes your source.

In Luke 11:28 we see Jesus say while speaking to a crowd of people,“But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

You can come to Deeper every week, watch all of our videos online, even read your Bible, but Jesus says that “more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.” I know that many of you are hearing the Word, but the question is, are you putting it into practice?

The last 3 weeks, we’ve been going through the 12th chapter in the book of Hebrews. The first week we looked at the first 4 verses where the writer challenges us to shake off the sins and the things that keep us back from achieving all the things that God has for us in this life. Week 2 we saw that verses 5-13 tell us that Godly discipline is a good thing. It’s good that God loves us by showing us our sins and convicting us when we step out of His will. Then last week examined what is probably the most recognizable verses in this chapter, 14-24, where Paul reminds the people that they are living under the new covenant, one where Jesus Christ has paid the blood sacrifice for the sins of man and throu