Scripture Passage: Revelation 2:29

We need to be careful what we listen to with our ears. We should not be like the people Paul was talking about when he wrote his second letter to Timothy 4:3-4, who gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear, turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. We can't just listen to the things we want to hear from God's word and shut our ears to His warnings. We should take the promises we find in God's word and pay attention to the conditions of those promises.

For example, Jesus said in John 15:7 that we would get what ever we asked for, but we must live in Him and His word in order to receive. James warns us, in chapter 4:3 that we do not receive what we ask for because we want it for our own pleasure. Let us listen to the things we need to know in God's word and not just what we want to hear.

1. What did the people listen to as Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 4:3-4?
They only listened to what they wanted to hear.
2. What should we notice when we read God's promises?
We should also read the conditions with the promises.
3. According to James, why do we not receive some of the things we ask for?
Because we want them just for our own pleasure.

Memory verse: John 5:24
I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. (NLT)

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