Southside sermon Deaf to your Destiny 24may2020 1

Fiery Friends – Jarryd Smith

Are You Deaf to Your Destiny?

In our first Fiery Sundays with Friends, Jarryd Smith explained how we often become deaf to Gods voice because we listen selectively or become distracted by the voices of other things around us.

Psychologist Heather Poole says selective listening occurs when we only hear what we want to hear. It’s a type of mental filtering where we tune out someone’s opinions or ideas, or truths that don’t line up with ours. We tune in to what we want to hear and zone out of what we don’t want to listen to. This causes us to have our own version of an entire conversation and hinders our ability to hear Gods voice accurately.

Jarryd explained that we want to stay in our “comfort faith” if we can.

We must understand that if we approach the scriptures, or God, with a preconceived bias, and try to fit the scriptures into the framework of our own understanding, or to suit our own narratives, we tend to find ourselves in unnecessary trouble.

We see an example of selective listening in Jonah 1:1-3 (NLT):

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.

Jonah gets a simple instruction from God, BUT:

  • He didn’t want to listen to what God had to say.
  • He didn’t like what was being said.
  • So, he ended up doing the opposite of what God had asked.

Look at Jonah!

  • 3 days and 3 nights in the stomach of a fish.
  • cold, alone, disconnected, regretful, anxious.
  • filled with darkness and uncertainty.

That’s why we need to guard ourselves:

  • against “spiritual ear-wax” build up.
  • against those things that dilute the voice of truth in our lives.
  • against elements that cause us to rationalize Gods instruction.
  • against that small voice of compromise that leads to massive problems.

“Did he really say? He didn’t mean it like that, did he?”

In this lockdown season many of us may feel tempted to allow the sounds of frustration to drown out the whisper of God, or we may begin listening selectively to feel in control.

Reflection Questions

  1. What loud noises of frustration and fear may be competing for your attention over Gods whisper in this season?
  2. Where in your personal life have you turned a deaf ear to Gods word because you are wanting your own way
  3. What practical steps can you take to become more attentive to Gods voice in your personal life?

From Week 1 of Two Fiery Sundays With Friends.

You can watch the full sermon here.  You can listen to the full podcast here.