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Sunday, June 18th, '17

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MIND, EARS, EYES, HEART

"My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ears to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart" (Proverbs 4:20,21)

 

How are we to describe the spiritual, the unseen man? The Bible uses metaphors; that the spiritual man has eyes and ears with which to see and discern. In one place we are told to "taste and see that the Lord is good"; spiritual taste buds. It doesn't make complete sense but all who have tasted have answered, "Mmm good". Here, we are commanded to commit every spiritual faculty to God's word. First, he says, "...give attention to my words". That subpoenas the mind. To "attend" one has to be present. Often, when we read the Word we are anywhere but present. The mind drifts; attention is elsewhere. It happens even more in a church service where minor distractions cannot be helped. He promises perfect peace to the person "whose mind is stayed on thee". Focus!

 

Next, he gives an audio test - "Incline your ears to my sayings". To "incline" means you have to lean in and lean up toward the Voice. In another place it says, "He that hath an ear, let him hear..." That was a last ditch effort for a generation that willfully had rejected the Voice. Far better to engage both "ears" than just one. "Hear" has an "ear" in it. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Notice, "hearing and hearing". Paying attention leads to hearing and hearing leads to more hearing.

 

And now the eye doctor chimes in - "Do not let them depart from your eyes". Have you tried the concentration game where you see how long you can stare at something or someone without blinking? Here is the Bible; don't blink! The eyes are instruments of detail. They scan, assess and photograph information then relay it to the memory card for retrieval. Jesus spoke of some who seeing do not see. There is a "lazy eye" syndrome in the spirit, as well as in the natural. The boxer's eyes are as vital as his reflexes and punching force. Faith keeps eye contact with God's word so it can't be turned away like Peter distracted by the wind.

 

Finally, the EKG - "My son...keep them in the midst of your heart". Words received in the mind by screening through the gates of ears and eyes will settle at last in the heart. Miracles arise from believing hearts. Thinking becomes thanking. When the word enters the heart it becomes "know-so" revelation. But that too must be kept and preserved. The best way to retain the word in the heart is by repetition, by acting on it in faith, by speaking back the promises in praise to God. Involve these four faculties and there will be a payback - "For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh" (vs 22).


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