Are you blessed with ears that hear? Any who will, can hear these words and be blessed. In fact many who have their hearing refuse to hear, forfeiting their greatest blessing.
Our word of blessing this week comes from Luke 11:28:
“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
“…Blessed are they that hear…So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God… Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures… For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world: and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it and knew the grace of God in truth… (Rom. 10:17; James 1:18;Col. 1:5,6).
…the word of God…In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God… While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him… Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified both Lord and Christ…Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said…Men and brethren what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (John 1:1; Matt. 17:5; taken from Acts 2:36-41).
Did you notice in the above scriptures where your ears for hearing are located? Check it out.
…and keep it…Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go, O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea…. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth, therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed… Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.”( Isa. 58:17,18; James. 1:25; Matt. 7:25).
The greatest blessing is yet to come for those who hear and keep the word of God:
“Blessed are they that do the commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev. 22:14.
I will leave you with a few words of an old song: “Have you heard the joyful sound, Jesus saves, Jesus saves?”
And a prayer: Father, thank you for the living Word that not only spoke your word but lived it out that we might know you. Give us each ears to hear, minds to understand, and hearts to receive your word. For in it is the power that saves.
How has the word of God changed your life?