Be Careful Who You Listen To

  • Mark 10:46-52 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
  • Mark 5:35-36, 41-42 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”… He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
  • Matthew 19:26 …with God all things are possible.

Bartimaeus was calling out to Jesus but those around him were telling him to be quiet. Just think how his life would have been like if he had listened to them. Jesus would have walked by and he would have stayed as he was – blind and begging. Instead Bartimaeus shouted “all the more” and Jesus stopped for him and this blind man received his sight. Perseverance made the difference. At that time, Bartimaeus chose to ignore the voices of those who came between him and the Master. The same is true with Jairus. They came to tell him his daughter was dead and to not trouble the teacher anymore. He could have listened to them but instead he listened to Jesus who said: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Is someone or something holding you back from all God has for you?

How to know who to listen to:
  1. You must first and foremost listen to God. If God has given you a direction and you’re sure it’s from God, don’t let others sway you including the devil. You’ll be accountable for your obedience to God. God’s leading and directions will always line up with His Word.
  2. If you hear a direction and you’re not sure if it’s from God, don’t make a commitment too quickly and don’t step out until you know it is from God. Spend time with God and ask Him to confirm His direction to you. If you’re not sure because you’d rather not do it, that’s an issue of obedience and you are listening to the voice of your flesh.
  3. Make sure you listen to people who are speaking things in your life that are in line with the Word of God (i.e. healing belongs to you, with God all things are possible, if God is calling you to do something that He’ll be with you, etc.).
  4. If you are uncertain about something and are talking about it to someone, is the person pointing you to Scripture/God or are they giving you their opinion or their judgment call on the situation. Let God lead you. Partner with Him.
  5. God must be first in your life. You can’t listen to anyone or anything that contradicts God, including your own self.
  6. Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Choose your friends wisely.

Call to action:
Don’t just accept what you hear or what you see or anything negative spoken over your life. Choose to side with the Word and declare that you are who it says you are, that you have what it says you have and that you can do what it says you can do.