I find it fascinating that the Hebrew word for “hear” and “obey” are the same word: Shema. In the Hebrew mind to hear God’s Word was the same as to obey it. Why? Because when the Word is truly heard it causes obedience. The power of God is married to the Word and when it is heard it causes to be. When the Word of God is not heard, it is not obeyed. Therefore our real problem is not our failure to obey, but rather our failure to listen. And we should realize that the mere letters and words of the Bible have no power to cause us to obey unless we hear what “the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, etc.).
The only thing that Jesus repeated to all seven churches in the book of Revelation was “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, etc.). Only as they had ears to hear what the Spirit was saying could they be all that God called them to be.
Through the Word the inward work of maturity and love is wrought. And only as we have this inward expansion can we extend God’s kingdom outwardly. The immersion of God’s love prepares us to take the land and bear fruit for his Glory. God’s breaking and stretching work within us causes our lives to be full of the atmosphere of heaven. And when the environment is right, life can be birthed and grow. What happens on the second day prepares the way for the fruitfulness that is to follow on the third day.
Prayer: Father, I want to hear what your Spirit is saying. Give me ears to hear. And I pray for the churches, that they would also hear and obey. Through your Word create the atmosphere of heaven in me. Give me depth and dimension. In these end times, I believe you are giving your people depth & dimension, you’re taking us deeper, higher, longer and wider. You’re breaking us out of our self-made boxes and religion. You’re putting people into places of influence and breaking us through into sub-cultures that need to know you.