When Hearing is Blocked

Sin can be like an “ear infection” and prevent you from hearing God clearly.


Thankfully, God has prepared a way for our sin to be forgiven and be removed as far as the east is from the west.


I John 1:9-10 tells us

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say, ‘We have not sinned,’ we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

Ezekiel 18:30  Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.

REPENT:  metanoia = “change of mind” involves a turning with contrition from sin to God

Praise God who forgives our sin when we confess and repent!  We accept the blood of Jesus to cover our sin.  And we appropriate the blessing of and position of being righteous before the Lord as we come before Him.



Let God speak to you now and show you any sin you need to confess in these areas.



Thought –

unclean, angry, fearful, selfish envy, jealousy, lustful

Attitude –

lukewarm towards God, prideful, critical, judgmental, show partiality, loud & pushy, argumentative, materialistic

Speech –

crude or inappropriate, lies, misleading, vows or commitments not followed through, grumbling, complaining, divisive, spoken in anger, hurtful, hateful

Relationships –

wrong or improper, physically or emotionally out of balance, broken because of unforgiveness, is there someone you need to forgive or ask forgiveness from?

*Husbands – are you providing spiritual leadership of your house?  Guiding and nurturing your wife spiritually?

*Wives – are you honoring and respecting your husband?

*Parents – are you modeling godly behavior and attitudes?  Teaching your children to love and fear the LORD?  Communicating with them regularly and openly?

*Children and Teens – are you respectful and obedient to your parents?

Acts of Commission –

Are you involved in habits that are harmful to your body?  Are you careful with what your eyes see? TV, internet, in print, in person?  Have you placed anything above God – money, self, relationships, things?  Have you exposed yourself to the occult, witchcraft, astrology, humanism, psychics, horoscope?

Acts of Omission –

Do you read God’s Word?  Do you spend time in prayer?  Are you using your God-given gifts in ministry and for building up the body of Christ (the church)?  Has God told you to do something that you haven’t yet done?

Self-Rule / Self-reliance –

Are you following God or going your own way?  Are you avoiding doing something He’s told you to do?  Are you still doing something He’s told you NOT to do?