The Challenge of Listening

In a previous post, I talked about the necessity of effective communication in order to lessen some of the strife in our life.
I mentioned how the inability to listen is a major factor in our communication failures.
This post goes deeper into that problem. 

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The Dead Can Hear

John 5:28-29  “Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice…”

I know that the Lord is speaking about the end times here–more specifically, the resurrection.

But there is something else that I see that relates to our current hour.

There is another strong move of the Spirit happening around the globe, and it is exciting to see and be a part of.

There are many who are dead who are hearing the voice of the Lord.

There are those who are dead in their trespasses and sins who are hearing His voice calling them to life.

There are those who are dead because of the lack of life within their church community. They have not heard the voice of the Lord for a long time–have actually experienced the famine of Amos 8:11. But now His voice is calling to them to come out of their tomb.

Either condition equates with being “in the tombs.”

His voice is going out and many are hearing.

Thanks be to God who gives the hearing ear, I am one of those!!

Good Works Not Enough

John 5:28-29   Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

This passage, of course, speaks directly to the future judgment of all people. There will indeed be a resurrection at the end of the age. This Bible doctrine is plain enough for everyone to understand. The fact that I will be resurrected into one realm or the other should be motivation enough to learn what it means to live a good life.

However, many are trusting in only their good works. Let us remember that without a living relationship with the Living One, our good works are meaningless:

Isa.64:6a But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;..KJV

Mt 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.             KJV

A life of doing good works, of being a good person, means absolutely nothing if those works are not born from the Spirit. They cannot be born of the Spirit if you are not born again.

Jn 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.                                                                     KJV

If you are not sure whether you are born again, write me at dale@practicalbibleteaching.com and let me help you to know for sure.

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