Then 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. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark. 4:24-25)
Did you know that you can measure what you hear? We determine that which we give attention to and that which we hear. Jesus admonishes us to take heed concerning what we hear. In another words we are to be careful, attentive and mindful of what we hear. Why? If we are heeding the Word of God and the Spirit of God, more revelation will be given to us. What we measure to ourselves in the realm of hearing determines how much more we can receive from God, or if we will lose even what we had!
Some choose to give heed to the world, the voices of the world, the philosophies of the world and the doubts and fears of the world. They are measuring unbelief unto themselves. They are not evaluating the voices of the world by the Word, but rather are evaluating the Word by the voices of the world.
I have known some who once were strong in faith, full of revelation and excited about laboring in the fields of the world. But as time passed, they changed. The energy diminished, doctrinal clarity was lost and doubts filled their hearts. What happened? They had ceased to ‘take heed’ to what they were hearing. They were no longer hearing from God. Even what revelation they had was gone. Some have even fallen into grave error.
For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ (Mt. 13:15)
We know that faith comes by hearing (Rom. 10:17). You can know what you are hearing and how much of it you are hearing by looking at your faith. Strong faith is the result of hearing God. Weak faith, passivity and spiritual dullness are also the results of hearing. The world has many voices. Take heed to what you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given.