June 16, 2013

“ LISTENING TO MY FATHER”

Passage: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 / Habakkuk 1:1-2:4

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 / Habakkuk 1:1-2:4 | Memory Verses
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Matthew 13:44
(44) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

 

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 /Background:

The children of Israel have gained their freedom from slavery in Egypt. The Lord has delivered them, provided for them and taken them to the Promised Land; they received some hard reports about the people of the land and refused to go in. They have wandered in the desert for 38 years, the older generation has died off, they are at the Jordan River ready to cross over, this is Moses last message to them before he dies

 

I. Moses is reviewing the journey the children of Israel have made to get

to this point

II. Moses review the commands of God starting in chapter 5 and in

Chapter 6 explains the purpose of the commands [laws] for the

Children of Israel [to lead you to honor the Lord your God]

III. Why obey, [Because it is best for you]

 

IV. How to obey, [Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and might]

EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE

V. Teach them to your children in every situation, all the time, as you spend

Time with them, teach them

VI. Don’t worship other gods, Actively Obey God, and you will be

successful

 

 

Habakkuk 1:1-2:4/ Background

 

The prophet Habakkuk is complaining to God about the corruption of the Children of Israel, and their lack of true worship of God. He complains about their injustice, their violence and destruction. He tells God that the laws of the land have been ignored by the leaders and the people are suffering as a result. The righteous are being overwhelmed by the wicked and law is being perverted.

God replies to Habakkuk and tells him that He sees all that is going on and even now He has set a plan in motion to deal with them, He will rise up the Babylonians to come and overwhelm the nation with death and destruction. He is allowing this to bring the Children of Israel back to Him-but Habakkuk is amazed that this is the plan that God has for dealing with the sins of Israel by giving them over to a people who are even more sinful than they are.
Why is it so hard to listen to God?
There are many reasons why you might struggle to hear God speaking. Give yourself a spiritual check- up and clear away the obstacles. Here are some keys to help you unblock the channels and hear God more clearly.

 

Have you got a good connection? Sin, wrong attitudes and unforgiveness can block communication with God. So can greed, selfish ambition, pride and holding on to your own agenda. God can and does break through the sin barrier  What’s your motivation for hearing God?  If you’re seeking to hear God for selfish reasons and looking to profit from what you hear or if you’re simply looking to achieve your own ambitions – God’s unlikely to co-operate no matter how long you pray or fast. Have you acted on what God has already told you? God is looking for followers. He’s looking for faith and obedience. Have you died to self? Are you ready to lay down your own will and your own agenda and sincerely ask God what He wants? Are you resentful? Are you angry that God isn’t doing things your way? Do you think you know best. Beware; resentment will make you deaf to God’s voice. Selective hearing can keep you from hearing God. You might not hear because you think God always speaks in a particular way. When God doesn’t speak in the way that you expect you might not recognize that it’s God speaking to you. You need to be open to God speaking in any way Are you impatient?Are you in a rush to hear from God and not prepared to wait long enough. Do you want to hear God enough to wait and listen, believing that He will speak? Are you hungry to hear God?  “If you make insight your priority, and won’t take no for an answer, searching for it like a prospector panning for gold, like an adventurer on a treasure hunt, believe me, before you know it Fear of God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the knowledge of God.”

ADDITIONAL VERSES TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER

 

Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

John 8:47 ESV

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Mark 4:24 ESV

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.

John 10:27-28 ESV

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Hebrews 4:7 ESV

Again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Philippians 4:6 ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 37:4-5 ESV

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

James 1:22 ESV

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Job 33:14-15 ESV

For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

 

Memory Verses

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Matthew 13:44

(44) "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

 

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 /Background:

The children of Israel have gained their freedom from slavery in Egypt. The Lord has delivered them, provided for them and taken them to the Promised Land; they received some hard reports about the people of the land and refused to go in. They have wandered in the desert for 38 years, the older generation has died off, they are at the Jordan River ready to cross over, this is Moses last message to them before he dies

 

I. Moses is reviewing the journey the children of Israel have made to get

to this point

II. Moses review the commands of God starting in chapter 5 and in

Chapter 6 explains the purpose of the commands [laws] for the

Children of Israel [to lead you to honor the Lord your God]

III. Why obey, [Because it is best for you]

 

IV. How to obey, [Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and might]

EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE

V. Teach them to your children in every situation, all the time, as you spend

Time with them, teach them

VI. Don’t worship other gods, Actively Obey God, and you will be

successful

 

 

Habakkuk 1:1-2:4/ Background

 

The prophet Habakkuk is complaining to God about the corruption of the Children of Israel, and their lack of true worship of God. He complains about their injustice, their violence and destruction. He tells God that the laws of the land have been ignored by the leaders and the people are suffering as a result. The righteous are being overwhelmed by the wicked and law is being perverted.

God replies to Habakkuk and tells him that He sees all that is going on and even now He has set a plan in motion to deal with them, He will rise up the Babylonians to come and overwhelm the nation with death and destruction. He is allowing this to bring the Children of Israel back to Him-but Habakkuk is amazed that this is the plan that God has for dealing with the sins of Israel by giving them over to a people who are even more sinful than they are.

Why is it so hard to listen to God?

There are many reasons why you might struggle to hear God speaking. Give yourself a spiritual check- up and clear away the obstacles. Here are some keys to help you unblock the channels and hear God more clearly.

 

Have you got a good connection? Sin, wrong attitudes and unforgiveness can block communication with God. So can greed, selfish ambition, pride and holding on to your own agenda. God can and does break through the sin barrier  What's your motivation for hearing God?  If you're seeking to hear God for selfish reasons and looking to profit from what you hear or if you're simply looking to achieve your own ambitions - God's unlikely to co-operate no matter how long you pray or fast. Have you acted on what God has already told you? God is looking for followers. He's looking for faith and obedience. Have you died to self? Are you ready to lay down your own will and your own agenda and sincerely ask God what He wants? Are you resentful? Are you angry that God isn't doing things your way? Do you think you know best. Beware; resentment will make you deaf to God's voice. Selective hearing can keep you from hearing God. You might not hear because you think God always speaks in a particular way. When God doesn't speak in the way that you expect you might not recognize that it's God speaking to you. You need to be open to God speaking in any way Are you impatient?Are you in a rush to hear from God and not prepared to wait long enough. Do you want to hear God enough to wait and listen, believing that He will speak? Are you hungry to hear God?  "If you make insight your priority, and won't take no for an answer, searching for it like a prospector panning for gold, like an adventurer on a treasure hunt, believe me, before you know it Fear of God will be yours; you'll have come upon the knowledge of God."

ADDITIONAL VERSES TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER

 

Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

John 8:47 ESV

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Mark 4:24 ESV

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.

John 10:27-28 ESV

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Hebrews 4:7 ESV

Again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Philippians 4:6 ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 37:4-5 ESV

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

James 1:22 ESV

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Job 33:14-15 ESV

For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.