Stories 2018: Get in the Plot- Listen

Stories Chapter 2: Get in the Plot
Part 2

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
“Jesus, the AUTHOR and finisher of our faith.”

1 Kings 19:9-13 “There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him”

How does God speak?

1. His word

2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training for righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for EVERY good work.”

2. His Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—
 the things God has prepared for those who love him—10 these are the things
God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”

John 16:13 “But when the Spirit of truth comes He will guide you into all truth.”

Acts 20:22 “and now compelled by the Spirit I am going to Jerusalem”

3. His people

Proverbs 1:5 “let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance”

Proverbs 19:20 “Listen to advice and accept discipline and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”

Proverbs 22:17
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach”

4. Our circumstance

How do we get in a listening posture?

1. Right living

Isaiah 59:1-2 “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.
your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”

Matthew 13:14-15 “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.15 For this people’s heart has become CALLOUSED; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.”

2. Right attitude

Psalm 111:10 NKJV “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who DO His commandments.”

3. Right influences

4. Right environment

1 Kings 19:9 “There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him…”

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that He is God.”

Psalm 92:12-13
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.