Stewardship means how we manage someone else’s property. Time and money are two ways. As a believer, our lives are not our own. We have been bought with a price. Our time is not our own and neither is our money. When we give the first to God, the rest is blessed. If we can manage our time and our money, is it possible to manage when God speaks to us?
If God gives us money and we’re faithful with it, does He give us more? Yes. God blesses faithful stewards. So is it possible that when God speaks to us if we are faithful with the word He gives us that He’ll give us more word? But, if we’re not faithful, why would He give us another word? Why then would He not give that word to someone else who would be faithful to it?
Mark 4:24 – And He said to them, “Take heed, what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. (Verse 25) “For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
Jesus is talking in the context of “hearing.” This verse and others like it are always referring to stewardship. If the person doesn’t steward what they have, even what they have will be taken away. In this particular verse, Jesus says we need to apply this to what we hear.
If we are a good steward of what we hear, He will give us more! Let me make this plain: Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God and the more word of God that we have, He will give us more. If God is going to speak, we need to pay attention. There are three ways that we can steward God’s spoken word:
Jesus said, “Take heed what you hear!” There are several ways in which God will speak to us: (a) Through circumstances (Jonah). God spoke to Jonah with His voice and Jonah did not heed what He had heard so then God spoke to him through circumstances when Jonah ended up in the belly of a fish for three days.
b) Through Counsel (Proverbs). When we seek godly counsel, we can hear the voice of God. (c) Through Peace (Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15). Let the peace of God rule in your heart and the peace of God guard your heart. If you don’t have peace about it, just stop! (d) Through People (Acts 21:10, 11). God speaks through prophets and others.
e) Through Dreams and Visions (Solomon, Jacob, Peter, John, Joseph, and Paul). (f) Through Thoughts (Amos 4:13; Matthew 1:20). Amos 4:13 …who declares to man what his thought is,… God literally speaks through our thoughts. However, we need to judge every time we get a thought, whether it is from the enemy or God, not just us.
g)Through Natural Manifestations (Romans1; John 12:29; Revelation). God can speak through nature, floods, wind, thunder, and so on. (h) Through Supernatural Manifestations (burning bush, fleece, and Paul on the road to Damascus). (i) Through the Bible (Romans 10:17) God speaks to us through His word. (j) Through a Whisper (1 Kings 19:12; Elijah). God can whisper to us through a prompting in our spirit.
So, is it possible that God is speaking all the time, but the ones that are hearing are the ones that are “tuning in?” Jesus says throughout the New Testament: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” He says this seven times in the book of Revelation.
Jeremiah 7:13 (NLT) – “While you were doing these wicked things, says the Lord, I spoke to you about it repeatedly, but you would not listen. I called out to you, but you refused to answer.”
Have you ever met a person that has great faith? Then you have met a person that hears God. The person also knows the word of God because the more he knows the more God will give them. That person always moves forward with confidence because they know that they have heard God because they know His Word! There is something else we have to have in order to hear God:
When God speaks do we have “good ground” or do we have a hard ground with thorns? Jesus talks about our soil in Luke Chapter 8. Luke 8:18 – “Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and whoever does not have even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
In Mark, He says, “Take heed “what you hear.” In Luke Jesus says, “Take heed “how” you hear.” Jesus is telling us, “When I speak to you, take heed how you receive My word.” Make sure that we receive His word in good ground. Are you teachable? Are you humble? Receiving the word of God with “meekness” which is able to change the way we make decisions and the way we think. Remember this: God does not give His word to people who misuse it.
Remember Joseph? Genesis 37:5 – Now Joseph had a dream, and told it to his brothers, and they hated him even more. Joseph told his brothers of the dream where the sheaves bowed down to Joseph’s sheaves. Why would he tell them that when they already hated him? Because Joseph wasn’t passing that “Pride Test” very well.
However, the dream Joseph had was from God, but Joseph’s reaction to God speaking to him through this dream was “not” from God. Take heed how you hear! Why would Joseph even tell his brothers the dream in the first place? It wasn’t wise whether it was pride or not.
After Joseph had the first dream and told his brothers about it, God gave him another dream and Joseph told his whole family that time, but his father rebuked him. Guess what? God never spoke to Joseph in a dream again. God had given Joseph two dreams to see how he’d handle them and he immediately went out and bragged about them. Here is the amazing thing though: One of Joseph’s gifts was to “interpret dreams,” but he never had anymore himself.
When Joseph interpreted someone else’s dreams, he wasn’t prideful or selfish about it. We need to understand: Never use God’s word that He gives us to brag on ourselves and make us look better than others! People shouldn’t go around bragging, “I have a Word from God!”
James 4:6 – But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (Verse 7) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
If we are prideful, God resists us. It’s very difficult for a person to resist the devil when God Himself is resisting us. This word “resist” in the Greek means “opposing.” Meaning “to play on the opposing team.” When we get prideful, we are on our own! How far will they get with a spirit of pride? It’s called “a familiar spirit.” They think they hear God, but it’s really the enemy they hear. But they will tell others, “God told me” when God really said nothing to them.
Take heed what you hear. Remember Jonah? God speaks to Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach to the people. However, Jonah got on a boat headed in the opposite direction. So God causes a great storm, Jonah is thrown in the sea and swallowed by a big fish. In the belly of the fish Jonah basically tells God that he was wrong. When Jonah didn’t “heed” God’s voice, God had to speak through the circumstance.
Bottom line; If we heed God’s word and then do it, He will speak more to us. If we are faithful in the little things, then God will give us the bigger things.
For instance if you’re not a good steward over what God has already given, then why would He give you more? Too many want the “Big Word” from God, but refuse to do the “Little Words” He has already given.