Hear or Listen?

22And when Felix heard these things, having more complete knowledge of that way, he deferred them … 24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 And as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and judgement to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for this time; when I have a convenient time, I will call for you.”

[Acts 24:22-25 NKJV]

What is truth? Some argue it is relative. Is the Word of God true? Absolutely! Tested, Proven, Patented! That is the reason it attracts defiance and rebellion. Humans, by default are defiant towards anything that tends to restrict their “freedom” or challenge their morals. We may hear the Word of God passively and dismissively as fairy tales. But the Word lives on (John 1:1,14; Revelation 19:13) and outlives us, ever unsettling guilt, just as light disperses darkness. Felix was a diligent scholar and knowledgeable man who knew about that way, yet did not know the Way. An intemperate, corrupt man with a lot to fear. No doubt with the conviction of the Holy Spirit he reacted as he did, postponing and procrastinating as the apostle Paul confronted him with the truth of the Word instead of the bribe (verse 25).As a missioner, that is a typical reaction I get from most people when confronted with the gospel. If the Word of God does not convict us, nothing else would. But then God in His infinite wisdom is capable of giving us new hearts, new desires, new spirits. [Ezekiel 36:22-28].

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  Romans 10:10

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It is never a competition requiring proof but only our confession and belief [Romans 10:8-13].In our temporary estates, we shouldn’t gamble for convenient time when we receive the message or procrastinate like Felix. The Word of God does not come out void. As we make merry, crack jokes and have all the fun, the kingdom of heaven must take priority above all else. A good friend warns, counsels, admonishes lovingly and above all, is concerned of our welfare, in like manner as we see our fleeting moments. To many, unfortunately, that “convenient” time never comes!

12See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins’s deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. 15As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

[Hebrews 3:12-15 NIV]

It could be this message is for you, and Today, is that day!

Shalom!

Grace & peace,

W’Obukosia

Originally posted by Dann Matthews W’Obukosia

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