Saturday, August 6, 2011

Five ways to listen better

At the heart of the LK10 Community is a deep commitment to take seriously Jesus' teaching about the Holy Spirit.  In Jn. 16:13, Jesus explains that "He (the Spirit of truth) will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears..."

The point here is that the Spirit is not just a vague presence.  He is a person and HE SPEAKS.  This is Jesus' teaching!  And, the obvious implication is that the most important skill we need to develop is that of listening to Him (and obeying).  HE SPEAKS.  WE LISTEN.  Everything else flows from that... family, church, mission, etc.

Chris Jefferies (England), recently sent me a video of a TED presentation by Julian Treasure called "Five ways to listen better".  As you watch this, think about how it applies to listening to the Spirit.

Here are a few of Chris's comments about the video...

According to Julian, hearing is something that our ears do pretty much autonomously, but listening requires intent, focus, and deliberate attention. But Jesus says that even though we listen (pay attention) we still may not hear (understand in depth). He says there are those who pay attention and hear the words but the spiritual meaning eludes them.

..Physical reality always points to a spiritual reality; that's why Yahshua spoke so often in parables. Understanding the physical truth can help us grasp the parallel spiritual truth. The need to pay attention to physical sounds points to the notion that we also need to pay attention to spiritual 'sounds'.  We need to listen intentionally to the Spirit of Christ in the same way we listen to the words of the people we meet. The Spirit is a still, small voice. We have to pay close attention to him.

..We are losing our listening - The church has substantially lost the ability to listen spiritually. Many believers are not even aware that listening is possible, others have no idea how to go about it.

To read all of Chris' comments go to:

Ways to connect...

*I'll be leading a seminar (on listening to God!) at the National House Church Conference.  Love to see you there!   September 2-4 in Jacksonville, FL.

*Along with Desi Starr, I'll be leading a one day training on the western slope (New Castle) of Colorado.  Love to have you join us!  Contact Lee Price for more information.

*LK10 Online classes starting in September.  More information on this soon.

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