Who you listening to?
“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who are you.” – José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher
Who you listen to — that is who you become!
VOICES OF OTHERS
Proverbs 13:20 The Message (MSG)
20 Become wise by walking with the wise;
hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
1 Corinthians 15:33 English Standard Version (ESV)
33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Proverbs 18:21 English Standard Version (ESV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Romans 16:17-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
VOICES OF YOUR SELF
Hebrews 10:24-25 The Passion Translation (TPT)
24 Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. 25 This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.
Ephesians 4:29 English Standard Version (ESV)
29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
VOICE OF GOD
Psalm 29 English Standard Version (ESV)
29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
Zephaniah 3:17 New Living Translation (NLT)
17 For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
Psalm 40:6 The Passion Translation (TPT)
6 It’s not sacrifices that really move your heart.
Burnt offerings, sin offerings—that’s not what brings you joy.
But when you open my ears and speak deeply to me,
I become your willing servant, your prisoner of love for life.
“You will eventually be shaped in the image of the loudest voice in your life—the voice you listen to most.” – Mark Batterson in “Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God.”
Proverbs 3:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
Hebrew Servant – After 6 years, can be set free 7th year.
Love option – If a servant loved his master, he could pledge allegiance to his master for a lifetime. This was symbolized with a pierced ear.
Exodus 21:5-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ 6 then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever.
Deuteronomy 15:16-17 English Standard Version (ESV)
16 But if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is well-off with you, 17 then you shall take an awl, and put it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your slave forever. And to your female slave you shall do the same.
Elijah was a Servant for Life.
Elijah predicted drought to Ahab (1 Kings 17)
God provided him water from brook
Ravens brought him bread and meat
Elijah visited widow at Zarephath
All had was handful of flour, little oil in jug
God provided so the oil & flour did not run out
Elijah confronts Ahab @ Mt Carmel (1 Kings 18)
Fire of the LORD fell and consumed offering
The Lord sends rain
Jezebel vows to end Elijah
1 Kings 19:11-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
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 and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”