Archive for the ‘Listening’ Category

“Silence is golden”

November 10, 2007

Today it dawned on me as I was talking to this brother on the phone. I would talk for a bit, then there would be dead silence for a moment, then he would talk for awhile.

How awesome is it when in our conversation, we take time to also listen. Without it, the conversation is “one sided”. If we where truly honest with ourselves, we would all say that we don’t like it when every time I talk to that person, they do all the talking. Everyone has something to say, we just need to listen long enough for them to say it.

So I just want to encourage you that the next time you visit with a person, whether on the phone or in person, if there is a moment of silence after you have said something, hold off from saying anything. It’s OK! Give them time to speak! If fifteen seconds pass and they don’t say anything, then you can talk. But try to refrain. It takes discipline, especially if your a yak-er.

Sometimes, I think it is because too much caffeine is involved. Anyways, remember that “silence is golden” especially when it’s for The Kingdom of God.

Is Christ being preached here?

October 30, 2007

This is the question we need to ask ourselves as we hear preachers, ministers and the like speaking to people.

Maybe we hear them on the T.V. or the Radio. We might even get to hear a street preacher on the corner. Or it may be on Sunday morning when we hear the minister in our church. Wherever it may be, we need to ask the question, “Is Christ being preached here?”

If you give them enough time (listening) you should be able to know if Christ is in the message or not. We may not agree with everything they are saying, and maybe how they are saying it, but is Christ in it?

The Apostle Paul had some good words to say about this subject.

“Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:”
“The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:”
“But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.”
“What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” (Phil.1:15-18)

I like this translation :
“Of course some of them preach Christ because they are jealous and quarrelsome, but others from genuine good will.”
“These do so from love, because they know that God has given me the work of defending the gospel.”
“The others do not proclaim Christ sincerely, but from a spirit of selfish ambition; they think that they will make more trouble for me while I am in prison.”
“It does not matter! I am happy about it – just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives.”
“And I will continue to be happy,”

Did you get that, “It does not matter! (exclamation mark) I am happy about it – just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives.”

Just as long as Christ is preached, that is the key. So wherever you go and hear some preaching, listen real good and see if you can pick up on Christ. Is he there?

Are you living in the past, present or future?

September 9, 2007

Others find the answer to this question by listening to you.

The past is history and the future is yet to come, and the present is now.
Where are you living? You say, “I don’t know?” Well, out of your mouth you tell the story. If someone is going to listen to you long enough today, they will soon find out where you are living.

Now I want to extend mercy and understanding to all those who might be reading this who are physically or mentally unable to do much today. Maybe because of your age, health etc. you can’t get out. This message is certainly not intended for you.

This is for all those who for whatever reason (besides health and age) have quit trying to live out their testimony for God today, and are living on their past experiances. It is their only motivation for living today whether they realize it or not.

How about those of you that have a calling of God on you life, but you sit around and wait and all you can talk about is what God did in the past. It may be well and awesome to hear about your past testimonies, and many may be encouraged by them, but the truth is it’s history. You are still living today and God wants to do powerful things through you today.

Present day testimonies are in my estimation, more powerful because it is testifying to what God is doing today, right now in this present day.

Many times I will ask someone out on the streets after they have told me that Jesus is their Lord and Saviour, “What is God doing through you today?” Many will pause and think. Some will say, “well, really not much”. Some will go back years ago and start talking about what God did then. I will listen for a while and then remind them, “that’s great, but what about today?”.

WHAT ABOUT TODAY? How are you allowing God to work through you today? What are your current testimonies? By current, I mean within the last week?

Are you living in and for the future? Many talk about what they believe is going to happen in the future days to come. That’s great to imagine what might take place, and it is exciting to hear, but it is yet to come and may never happen or get here. It’s future.

In my estimation, future talk is somewhat empty or void. It is missing a past testimony and or a present reality. It is yet to come. We haven’t experienced it yet, unlike the past or present.

If there is any real benefit to listening to the past or present talk, my hope is that it will spur us on to fulfilling God’s will today in our lives. May we take inventory today of our life and ask ourselves, ” What can I do today for God and His Kingdom”.

May God help us to face the reality of today and not live in the past. May we have hope for the future, but not live there. God has given us this day as a gift to give back to Him.

Christ came to do the Fathers will here on earth, may we also.
May you be blessed as you go out and live today.
Amen

Listening to their heart

September 2, 2007

If we listen to a person long enough, we will begin to hear of what’s in their heart. We certainly will not begin to know of all that’s in their heart, but enough that will help us understand where their heart is.
As you listen to them speak and unload their heart, ask The Holy Spirit to give you the words to say to them, but only after you listened for a good while.

Listening is one of the most valuable things you can do when ministering to another person. However, listening takes discipline. We all want to spout off with our mouth as soon as we meet someone. I say, listen more and talk less, and your ministry will become more fruitful for God’s Kingdom.

It’s not easy. It takes lots of practice holding back the reins of our mouth. Sometimes it is like pulling back on a horses reins when he wants to go to the hay. It’s tough.

Learning to speak only when the Holy Spirit says too, Wow! Now that would be powerful! Less talk and more power?

…”for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt.12:34)
“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart,” (Matt.15:18)
Amen