Luke 11:35 take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
Acts 24:16 and herein do I exercise myself to have always a conscience void of offence toward God and toward men.
II Corinthians 4:2 but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every manís conscience in the sight of God.
Hebrews 13:18 pray for us; for we trust, we have a good conscience in all things willing to live honestly.
Listening mean to make a conscious effort to hear, attend closely, so as to hear; to pay close attention and take advice. The Five Senses; Become a star listener; we listen to God through our conscience soul. We apply what we see, hear, touch, taste, or feel to God because He is the one that placed these senses in us for his use.
Sense is the ability of the nerves and the brain to receive and react to stimuli, as light, sound, impact, constriction; any of the five faculties of receiving impression through specific bodily organs and the nerves associated with them. The senses are considered as a total function of the bodily organism, as distinguished from intellect or movement. We have feelings impression, or perception through the senses (warmth, pain). The sense is a generalized feeling, awareness or realization (a longing). Because of the senses we have the ability to judge, discriminate or estimate external conditions; sounds (directions). The senses give us an ability to feel, appreciate, or understand some quality (humor, honor). We have the ability to think or reason soundly and normally with intelligence and judgment in the area of behavior. To become aware of, comprehend, understand, detect automatically as by sensors we must learn to listen. God has always wanted man to listen.
Naturally we have 5 senses (sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing) given us by God to use for the purpose of listening. The conscience is the sense within us by which we approve or disapprove of ourselves for having followed or failed to follow a moral standard known to us. We are convicted of our own conscience or should be anyway. Job said in Job 27:6 my righteousness I hold fast and will not let go; my heart shall not reproach me as long as I live. Job saw every other way as senseless. He was struck with sickness but he still had his consciousness of God. He showed good sense to hold on to what he knew worked although he was in a predicament. He held on to the real point of him living. He held on to his purpose. All that his friends spoke was nonsense to him; it was as though he was saying to them; listen at what you are saying, itís stupid, foolish, meaningless.
Proverbs 20:12 the hearing ear and the seeing eye: the Lord hath made even both of them.
How we see things is important. We must see things as God sees them. Our eyes are open and someone is always watching us; we are an open book. John 1:1-3 in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
So God gave us the eyes we have in our head to see with. What do we see of the Word? We can look and see that Godís eyes are in every place (Zechariah 4:10) beholding the good and the bad. The eye of the Lord goes to and fro in the earth. He even will open the blind eyes; healing them that they see too. He says eyes have not seen the things God has in store for us that believe. The natural eye cannot contain within it the blessings of God. We shall be caught up to be with the Lord in the twinkling of an eye. The eye flicker and man leave this life for another one in the heavens with God.
The eye also will get us in trouble because we look upon things that we should not. Eve in Genesis looked upon the tree and saw the fruit that was there which God had said they should not eat of. She was also being watched as she watched. Satan took the opportunity to see that she really wanted to partake of what she saw on that tree in her heart. He deceived her through what her eyes saw as well as Adam. Adam also saw that nothing happened to Eve as she ate; as God had said. God told them that the day you eat of the tree of good and evil you shall surely die. They didnít see as God saw for they were spiritual beings but in earthly vessels. What we see can get us in trouble; it can also cause us to die.
Ephesians 6:5-6 servants; be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ. Not with eye service as men pleasers but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart (inward parts).
When we see from within we see as God sees; he looks on the heart of man while man looks on the outward appearance at what they see and perceive. As Jesus is the Word manifest in the flesh is read daily we too are being read daily. People read us by what they see; our lives are an open book.
Not only what we see affect our lives but what we hear and listen to. Our ears are used for listening and hearing both on our part and the other person that is listening. People are always listening to hear what we have to say out of our mouth. God has given us ears that we may hear him when he speaks to us. His ears too are open to hear us when we cry out to him. What is wrong with us that we are not hearing what God has said to us? Have not we ears; but hear not? The head cannot do with the ear and the ear canít do without the head. They all work together to accomplish Godís purpose.
Now when we allow ourselves to have itching ears where we hear what we should not it becomes a problem. Our itching ears will not allow us to hear as we should. Itching ears causes our listening to be off and we find ourselves listening to the wrong things most time. They will cause us to live in pleasure on the earth. Our ears have a lot to do with us receiving the Word of God and Christ in our hearts. The Holy Spirit speaks to us and we hear Him with our ears, as is when we hear ourselves calling out the Word in our study time. What are we as a people listening to? What are we feeding off of?
Revelation 3:20 if any man hear the voice of God through his knocking on their door and open up and let Christ in will be called to the table with Him to eat.
To hear we must first listen. In listening John the revelator said in I John 3:20-21 if our heart condemn us God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things. Beloved if our heart condemn us not then have we confidence toward God? If we donít hear from God which way to go, what to do or when to do something; itís dreadful. Job said in Job 15:21 a dreadful sound is in his ears in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him as a king ready for battle.
As we listen if we hear right we will acknowledge (feel) that our sin is ever before us. Hearing the Word and receiving it in our heart will keep us convicted of sin. It keeps us with a feeling of guilt if we were to do wrong. Judas It keeps us with a feeling of guilt if we were to do wrong. Judas in (Matthew 27:3-5) felt this conviction. He had betrayed Jesus and he saw that he was condemned, repented himself and brought the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests and elders saying he had betrayed the innocent blood; but they said to him, what is that to us? People donít care about how you feel toward a matter if itís of no profit to them. We have to be careful of what we hear and how we respond to it.
Our feelings are of no importance to no one else but ourselves and God. It is Jesus that shed his blood for us that we may feel the joy of the Lord again. It is through the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God that we may purge ourselves from dead works in our conscience. This is that we may serve God in this life. What we see and hear; the mouth will speak.
To listen well we must learn to keep our lips closed. If we are talking while someone else is we will miss something. We cannot dedicate our self and consecrate our mind to the service and worship of God without listening to receive of Him. No man can serve God effectively if there are two masters running through their mind at the same time. If the lips are closed nothing will come out that can defile us. The fruit of our lips should be to praise God. When we open them it should be so that the mouth will speak and it is edifying to God and man as seasoned salt (Colossians 4:6). We are to speak but what do we speak? We speak what God has said; we put our character in check where we articulate expressions of God. Our lips wonít speak guile or words of destruction that tear down rather than build up.
When we learn to keep our lips closed we learn give directive or lead to the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost will direct our tongues. If we listen and follow the leading of the Spirit we wonít speak that which is not of God. The Spirit will show up in very critical times of our lives. James in James 1:5 said if any of us lack wisdom, let us ask of God that give it to all men liberally and upbraided not. He also said in James 3:2 that we are not to offend anyone in word. We must close our lips and listen that we obtain the wisdom of God that is pure, peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated. James teaches us that we are wise when we learn to bridle our tongue. James 1:19 be swift to hear and slow to speak. God wants us to listen and close our lips. In closing our lips we wonít condemn ourselves with our tongue. Listening will increase our learning and we will be endued with knowledge whereby God can use us.