The times we are living in are difficult to say the least.
Everyone is some how someway looking for acceptance.
We may not want to admit it, but we look for it in various forms.
We look for acceptance in schools, in friendships, in social circles.
Some seek acceptance within our families, some in our churches.
Yet one place we fail to seek the acceptance we already have is via God.
Below is a discussion I wrote for my younger students. I have modified this a bit, because real names were mentioned, and in place of the real names I put general names like Jane, John, Sally. There is some descriptive narrative as well because in a portion I had volunteers come up to enact a scene for me.
Let us open our Bible to: Matthew 11:1515 You people who hear me,
Today’s discussion was inspired by a number of things, a book and devotional I was reading, the youth and kids who are about to take on a new journey in their individual paths, a personal reminder that first one needs to preach to oneself before you can preach to others, another reminder that I too need to pick up my mantle and lead the Kids of Jericho by example and a sermon from my youth by our Senior Pastor under the theme If you have ears, listen!
Our Senior Pastor did a sermon on this subject. “El Que tengan oídos Oigan”, “if you have ears, listen.” Can I share something with you? All these years later, this sermon has impacted my life in so many ways. I constantly see how God has moved in my life time and time again, how God has spoken to me using different people, and it always brings me back to this. Me telling God I am listening. We have ears and God has been talking to us, sending us messages, warning us of the changes of time, but are we listening?
When I began reading the book Crashing the Chatterbox & the devotional under the same name by Pastor Steve Furtick, I thought of all of the times I have been easily distracted by chatter, I also thought about all of our children and as I mentioned I was instantly reminded of the pastors sermon. As I began to read this devotional and this book, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to write. Many of you may not know but I blog about my scriptures, my experiences and testimonies and whatever God moves me with, I don’t often share them, but I do post them on a blogging platform, I know people have found their way to my writings and have messaged me about my testimonies. So like I usually do, when the Holy Spirit begins to stir up, I listen, I began to write and God spoke to me, out of that movement, this sermon was born. I was inspired by what I was awakened to and I barely even scratched the surface of the book I was reading. I was moved to write. So when the Holy spirit takes over me to the point that Me the person who loves to read has to stop reading, to write what God puts in my spirit, I listen, I write, and this sermon was born.
So what was it about the Chatterbox book that got me?
What about the chatterbox got me inspired?
How does this Chatterbox book correlate with Matthew 11:15 and the Senior Pastors sermon?
Pastor Furtick started his book about something that always bothers me.
My Thoughts, he speaks about Our Thoughts, and how the enemy uses our thoughts to manipulate us because we listen. We often find ourselves listening to the wrong chatter, the wrong thoughts that are distracting us and taking us away from what God wants us to do.
Sometimes my thoughts are annoying.
Sometimes my thoughts are distracting.
Sometimes my thoughts go a mile a minute and I just cannot catch up.
Sometimes a song is stuck in my head and no matter how hard
I try it just keeps going, and I keep listening to that song, versus what I am
supposed to be focused on.
Sometimes it’s a scene from a movie, a conversation with a friend, even a memory that suddenly appears in my thoughts.
So much distraction and it is all coming from within me, from my very own thoughts. I am not listening to anything else, but those annoying, distracting thoughts in my head. Many of us tend to do this.
Has this happened to any of you?
Pastor Furtik puts this to light in his book, it made me question what I really listening to? Who am I really listening to?
Pastor Furtick makes note of the following:
So, All this chatter, but Where is it coming from?
Why is it there?
Why am I so compelled to listen to it?
Why is it distracting me?
How is this blocking me from listening to God?
I will get to that…
He provides relevant data from the National Science foundation:
Did you know that In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article
summarizing research on human thoughts per day. It was found that the average
person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those thousands of
thoughts, 80% were negative, and 95% were exactly the same thoughts as the day
This means that each day only 20% of the thoughts are good thoughts, and only 5% is something totally new.
These thoughts can be distractions interfering in your spiritual walk.. These thoughts are kind of like, how should we say like some of the cartoons we watch. How many of you have seen the Cartoons where you have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other shoulder, each telling the cartoon character what to do? We all have these voices that talk to us. It’s a constant battle of Good Vs Evil. A constant battle of Listening to the lies of the enemy, which is 80% of the time, or trying to listen to the 20% of the good thoughts which God can be communicating with you.
Wait a minute, why is 80% of my thoughts are distracting me
Scientists say that the brain is programmed to doubt
It is that doubt and our carnal insecurities or fears that
the enemy uses to put even more seeds of doubt, or in our cases distracting
thoughts and interference.
There is a word for all these distracting
thoughts. It’s called logorrhea.
Logorrhea is as If someone’s always talking nonstop and
just can’t be quiet, they’ve got logorrhea, and they are unable to stop
talking. Kind of like a Blabber mouth. As the sound of the word
suggests, logorrhea is related to the word diarrhea — and we know diarrhea is
an inability to stop something far more unpleasant from flowing.
Diarrhea comes from two Greek words put together, dia
meaning “through” and rhein meaning “to flow.” In the case
of logorrhea, the log prefix is from the Greek word for “words,”
meaning literally “words flowing through.”
So that phrase, “you have diarrhea of the mouth” is not
actually something someone made up. It is true, as gross as it
sounds. Yet that is what the enemy does,
he has diarrhea of the mouth, and he spills up all these lies, based on your
fears and causes us to doubt. He spills out all these words that make us
question ourselves. He fills our thoughts with all these distractions so we
could be clouded with chatter so that we will not be able to hear what God is
saying to you. He fills our minds with thoughts that make us even
question God during difficult times.
Sometimes, we fall into this trap and we begin to listen to the lies the
enemy say. We doubt ourselves, we doubt
each other, and sometimes we doubt God.
The enemy spills so much junk in our heads that we are so flooded, that
we can’t hear what God has to say to us.
So I am going to paraphrase some questions that pastor FUrtick brought to light:
Can God’s voice exist with a chatterbox inside theme?
How can I silence the voice of the enemy when the enemy is in my very own thoughts?
Can you relate to this? I know I can!!!!
The problem being that sometimes the enemy is in me causing
Paul speaks of this contradiction in Romans 7:21-25 He says
21 So I have learned this rule: When I want to do good, evil
is there with me. 22 In my mind I am happy
with God’s law. 23 But I see another law
working in my body. That law makes war against the law that my mind accepts.
That other law working in my body is the law of sin, and that law makes me its
prisoner. 24 What a miserable person
I am! Who will save me from this body that brings me death? 25 I thank God for his
salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord! So in my mind I am a slave to God’s
law, but in my sinful self I am a slave to the law of sin.
Paul had this struggle of good vs evil. The same struggles you and I have on a day to day basis. Paul said I want to do well, but there is evil with
- How many of you felt this way?
No matter how much good I do for my family, for this world, how hard I try, I have messed up somehow? I haven’t been the Christian I know I can be, I slipped up, maybe i acted up, Maybe I said a bad word here and there, instead of paying attention at church I
was playing Angry bird or humming a song I heard on the radio earlier. Instead
of cleaning my room like my mom and dad told me, I ignored them and continued
I want to work for God, do what is pleasing to God, but I
am still sinning. Why? Why I am still attracted to some of my sinful ways that are
not pleasing to God?
Paul struggled just like you and I do.
Paul is talking about waging war within oneself.
Again the fight of knowing when to listen to the voice and call of God
versus listening to the lies of the enemy from within. It’s a war with
yourself. A war inside yourself. The same war that Paul faced, we still face today.
Jesus spoke of the lies of the Enemy, in John 8; he went to
the mount of Olives; he spoke to his disciples, He spoke about being the light
of the world, that whoever believes in him not only not live in darkness but
will have the light that gives life. He also talks to the disciples about
being free from sin…..but specifically in verse 44 he says:
Yes, the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies.
Jesus reminds the disciples that he is free from sin, that those who live in sin and
choose to live in sin are not children of God.
We need to stop listening to those voices that make us make
bad choices and listen instead to God who guides us. We need to stop listening
to the chatter that distract us from Listening to what God has been trying to
tell us. Which is I am here and I want to speak with you, I have something to
tell you but you cannot hear me. I have something great for you to do, but
you’re not listening to any of my signs.
But, you may ask, I am 6 years old, 8 years old, 11 years old, how am I able to listen to God?
Was not Samuel just a boy when He heard God’s voice for the first time in the temple? In 1 Samuel 3 God speaks to Samuel, and Samuel listens. I
n Verse 10: 10 The Lord came and stood there. He called as he did before, saying, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel said, “Speak. I am your servant, and I am listening.”
When you open your ears to God’s voice, and close off those voices of self-doubt, pity, dread and negativity you can be of a great blessing
and instrument for God. So when God calls your name: “John, Jane, Joe…..say “Speak lord, I am your servant, I am listening.. This is Just like Samuel was advised to say when he thought Eli was the one originally calling him. Eli said to him if you hear someone calling your name, say speak I am your servant. So today I ask you to say to the Lord speak to me Lord for I am your servant.
I need 4 volunteers, (two chairs facing altar, one person – hoping puchy – sits on one of the chairs on the altar facing the people) one
I need 2 of you to sit on these chairs facing the altar;
one of you grab this mic and pretend to sing the last person sit on the altar
facing the congregation..
To conclude, this month many of you are graduating, moving
on from one chapter of your life into another. Whether you’re moving up to
kindergarten and first grade, whether you’re moving on to Jr High or High
school, or moving on to college or to face the real world, I want you to ask
yourselves to open your ears. Come on Tug your ears with me and repeat.
Open up now, listen to what God has to say to me. He has been sending me messages,
he has been sending me warning, he has been showing signs, but I have not been
listening. Shut down those little
chatter boxes that want to distract me from God’s grace. I have ears and I want
to listen. Each and everyone one you have God given talents and potential and
today I stand before you telling you, we could do so much more for God, if we
took the time to listen to him more.
Starting with me. For this sermon, as I mentioned earlier has
spoken to me from when I was about the ages of some of you many years ago, and
still resonates with me today…. all these years later…though revamped still
has the same message. I speak from experience I know I can listen to God
more than I do now, he constantly gives me the sign: and I know many of you can
listen to him more verses the enemies lies, remember the enemy has diarrhea of
So ask the lord to speak to you. But be ready to listen. I
want to Quote Dr. Seuss from his book, Oh, the places you’ll go and I am sure
everyone here has read this book at some point in their life,
“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you
step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing
Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right
foot with your left.” “And Always
remember, and will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! 98 and ¾ percent
guaranteed. Kid, you’ll move mountains!! ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
You will meet strange people, people may want you to listen
to them, they may want to teach you things that you know is wrong, you can hear
them, but don’t listen to the lies you are being fed. You may be told
what is wrong is right, what is right is wrong, a common theme we have been
hearing from this very pulpit, it is not by chance God has been repetitive about
this notion, but know to listen to the words of God to follow what is right in
his eyes. Apply what we have been
teaching you, know that many in this world are trying to right the wrongs, deceive
you and even take away the foundations that can be found in the Bible. Please Know you are protected by the Blood of Christ
and the prayers of the moms and dads here whom pray over you. Remember you are
a Child of God. Remember to listen to God’s voice to be the one to Guide
you with every step you take in this new chapter you are about to start. You
will move mountains, for God’s glory. You will do greatness in God’s name. We
just got to hear and listen to what God has to say, and stop letting the lies
of the enemy deter us or cloud our thoughts.. El que tengan oídos Oigan!
If you have ears, listen!
This message was written in June inspired by a sermon by my senior pastor, inspired by words of pastor Steve furtick and what God placed in my own heart. I cannot take full credit for every word written here because it is a blend of 3 inspirational thoughts. I tried my best to give credit where credit is due but the hues of all three thoughts transcends throughout this post.