Understand What it Means to Listen and Hear God
And Noah and his sons Hearkened unto the Lord, and gave heed, and they were called the sons of God.
~ Moses 8:13 ~
Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.
~ Deuteronomy 15:5 ~
Take on the whole armor of God. The full armor of God is the full gospel of Jesus Christ. If we put on the full armor we will be able, in these troubled times, to “run and not be weary, and [to] walk and not faint.” And the destroying angel will pass us by and not be able to destroy our godliness. (See D&C 89:20–21.)
~ Hearken Unto the Voice of God – Bernard P. Brockbank – April 1974 ~
In Word: We are living in perilous times. A season fraught with powerful deception of the hearts and minds of mankind. Today, many rather appear to hearken to the sophistry and philosophies of men. Allow themselves to be blindly led into captivity. For them, Satan appears to have gained more and more power and dominion over their hearts and minds. Blinding them to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Others appear to have turned from the faith they once knew (James 1:25). Still, there are those who have established teachers to proclaim and preach what itchy ears are wanting to hear (2 Timothy 4:3-4) because they do not want to endure sound doctrine.
Noah and his sons listened to what God spoke. They walked faithfully in obedience to the things that they have heard. It required of them to pay strict attention to the voice of God and do all that the Lord had commanded. This included calling others unto repentance. To observe those commandments that were given. Living out the principle truths of the Gospel. Because of this – the Lord preserved Noah through His power and authority (Moses 8:18).
In Deed: How are we able to have the power of the Lord upon us? By listening and paying attention to those things that our Heavenly Father has asked of us to do. What are those things we are asked to do? Jesus Christ, during his encounter with Satan, shared that we are to live by the Word of God (Luke 4:1-4). This means we engage in daily scripture study, prayer, meditation, seeking after personal revelation. Listening and studying the messages from those whom our Heavenly Father has called and ordained. Teaching the simplistic spiritual truths of the Gospel Message to our families. When we are able to stand on the word of God – Satan has no power or dominion over our hearts and minds. We are of a sober mindset and firm in our foundation and faith in Christ.
Not only are we to live by the word of God, we are to also worship our Heavenly Father (Luke 4:8). We do so by being of service in our homes, in our Church, and in our workplace. We worship our Heavenly Father in our faithfulness in keeping those commandments he has given us. Renew our covenants daily, seek after His kingdom and His righteousness daily.
By reading and studying through the scriptures, listening to those ordained by our Heavenly Father, teaching these things unto our families and others – we are to also engage in meaningful and sincere prayer. Through prayer and fasting, we are able to become conquerors and overcome Satan and those who uphold the work of the adversary (D&C 10:5).
Take a Moment to Ponder: Are you struggling with faith? Experiencing anxiety and worry regarding what is happening around you? Getting back into faithful prayer, fasting, and scripture study will bring a sense of peace to your heart and mind. What fears to you have? What are some of the challenges you are facing today? What blessings have you received – or are receiving – because of your faithfulness in hearkening and heeding God?
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