Are you Listening to God or Hearing Him?

Zach Sewell, Stonepoint Member

Music is such an influential part of my life. It is something that stirs my heart and takes me to places of understanding and worship that is just hard to explain. If music does this for you, then you completely understand what I am talking about.

You might recall seeing the scene in the 1992 movie, White Men Can’t Jump, where Jimmy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) was listening to a song of Jimi Hendrix, when Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) said, “that’s the problem, you’re listening to Jimi, but you’re not hearing Jimi.”  This got me to thinking about how many times I have listened to lyrics, but not heard them.  Many years ago, I listened to the song, “Oh How He Loves Us” by The David Crowder Band. I listened to the lyrics many times over and never gave them much thought. Then one night recently, while attending a singles service in Dallas, I heard them for the first time.

“And heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss

And my heart turns violently inside of my chest

I don’t have time to maintain these regrets

When I think about the way he loves us”

I spent a long season of my life holding on to regrets of past behavior. I allowed it to separate me from the fullness of what my relationship with Christ should be. I lived the whole time thinking that my past behaviour separated me from Christ, when in all actuality it was my current behavior. Ephesians 2:9 says, “not by works so that no one can boast.” I felt like I had to hold onto my shame as a self-imposed sanction (work) to show God that I am truly sorry…such a flawed theology. Hebrews 10:17 states,  Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” I realized at that moment that God had forgiven me of those sins long ago and I needed to realize the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) Satan’s goal for me was to spend a lifetime feeling shame, and even using that to separate me from my Savior.  If you’re like me, I encourage you to let go of the shame and regret and begin to live a life worshipping the One God that has the ability to forgive and bring restoration to your life. After all the years of listening…now I hear it!

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