“YOU SHALL NOT LISTEN to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut 13:3)
Here we see a peculiar sin that starts with the ears and ends in the heart. God commanded His people NOT TO LISTEN to false prophets. In Hebrew, the word ‘listen’ means to hear intelligently, to give attention and try to understand the words you hear so that you can obey them. This is the sin of a student listening to his teacher. This sin means to listen humbly and respectfully the words of the false teacher. The sin is to ‘borrow’ your God given ears for the devil to use. God is the ‘landlord’ of your ears, but you invite the devil to be the free tenant. As the sexual lust of the eyes is equal with adultery, so the lust of the itchy ears is sin! Lies pollute the ears and poison your spirit! This spiritual contamination destroys your wisdom, peace, joy, and faith! Listening to lies is very addictive. It is like taking cocaine or drinking alcohol! It gets worst with time! Have you thought of that? There are many prophetic ‘what-sup and Facebook’ messages… Must you listen to them all? Must you have an opinion about them all? Be careful! Be jealous over your ears! Are your ears clean? Are your ears circumcised and cleansed by the Holy Spirit? If not, your ears will only bring trouble to you and to your ministry (2Tim 4:1-5)!!! Selah!
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned His disciples to be careful with their ears! He said: “Pay attention, therefore, to how you listen. Whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.” (Lk 8:18). He said that if your ears are ‘dirty with the sin of error’ more error shall be added to you until you backslide! But if, by the power of the Holy Spirit, your ears are cleansed from lies and deception, you shall become cleaner and stronger still. Good ears are necessary so that faith can be built in the heart! “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). If you still struggle with doubt and anxiety, if your faith is still small compared with the challenges you face, it may be that you need to cleanse your ears with the earbuds of the Spirit! “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev 2:29)!
Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father. we confess the sin of being carless with our ears. We did not use them to listen to Your voice. We borrowed our ears to the devil’s agents to listen to lies and deception. We have sinned! We ask for mercy from You. We are sorry, Father God! Cleanse our ears and our hearts with Your Spirit. We plead the Blood of Jesus over our bodies, souls, and spirits! Please help us to love only Your Word and to listen only to Your voice! Holy Spirit, please fills us afresh! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen!