Failure to communicate?
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” – Mark 4:23
23 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given– and you will receive even more.
25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”
“Can you hear me now?” Paul Marcarelli was the “Test Man” character for Verizon Wireless cell phone commercials from 2002 to 2011. Entertainment Weekly named him one of the most intriguing people of 2002. He appeared in all of his Verizon commercials wearing a gray Verizon jacket and his own horn-rimmed glasses. He was repeatedly checking to make sure that the Verizon signal was reaching the desired area and communication was taking place.
Communication is an art that can be studied and mastered. Communication is the activity of conveying information. Communication requires a sender, a message, and intended recipients. The communication process is complete once the receivers have understood the message of the sender.
If the folks you are attempting to communicate with do not get it, you have not communicated!
When it comes to Biblical communication, we are engaged primarily in receiving the Father’s communication to us and passing on to others.
What is the goal of biblical communication? Biblical communication intends to share the living and active Word of God in a clear and easily understood way. The Father will use His Word to accomplish His purpose.
1 Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Hebrews 5:14 Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
REFLECT & PRAY
Communicating the great truth that the Father has provided to the world is not only possible for, but required of each child of God.
Father thank You that You have communicated Your truth in such a way that even I can understand. Teach me, to teach others, as You have taught me.
How did the Father communicate truth to mankind? The Holy Spirit facilitated the process. Referring to how the Old Testament Scriptures were written, Peter writes:
2 Peter 1:21 no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
No biblical prophecy was ever produced merely because a man wanted to prophesy. The prophecy in Scripture was given by the Father through men, who “spoke” as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was working within the Old Testament prophets. The men spoke the Father’s words, using their own personalities, knowledge, background, vocabulary, and style.
The same Holy Spirit, who is responsible for the inspiration and production of the Scriptures, is available to each child of the Father to empower our communication with others. He empowers us in our study and research, our preparation, our organization, and often the very words we speak
There is no one set formula. The Holy Spirit often energizes our careful effort and preparation. Or insight and wording may be spontaneous and spur-of-the-moment. In essence the Holy Spirit does what is necessary to get the job done.
Most of the preaching and teaching in the book of Acts was spontaneous and extemporaneous. Usually there wasn’t time to prepare a message. “It was not the performance of an hour but the preparation of a lifetime.” It was the preachers who were prepared, not the sermons (BBC).
How does spiritual communication take place? By the Filling of the Holy Spirit. The Father enables people. The Holy Spirit empowers, emboldens, and energizes. He often supplies the words and nuances of communication.
Matthew 10:19-20 Don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking– it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
This empowerment is frequently called the Filling of the Holy Spirit.
Micah 3:8 I am filled with power– With the Spirit of the LORD
Acts 4: 8 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ” . . .
Acts 13:9-10 Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said . . .
Our part is to seek to be cleansed, empty, and available conduits through which the Holy Spirit can work. Ideally it should be the outworking of our walk with Him. However, in addition, we pray to be empty of self-ambition and pride. We seek cleansing from known sin. We empty ourselves of ourselves that we might be filled and empowered. In so doing we follow the example of Christ.
How did the Father facilitate the communication process? Effective communication is need driven – person driven. The Father created needs or circumstances in the lives of individuals. He then supernaturally provided what was needed and applicable to resolve the needs and comfort the people. Knowledge was communicated, and that knowledge was the Father’s answer. The Scriptures are replete with answers from the Father for the needs of our everyday lives.
The Holy Spirit always has one-on-one communication. When we teach, He speaks to each person’s heart and mind. We are merely His conduit. For it is not we who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in us. (Mat 10:20). This is the promise and the reality of Biblical Communication.
The Father knows the depths of each individual soul. He searches our hearts and knows our ways. He knows exactly how to speak to each individual. This is, in part why Christ was such an effective communicator. His ability was perceived as keen, penetrating insight, wisdom, authority, and bold confidence.
John 2:25 He Himself knew what was in man.
Matthew 7:29 He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
This ability transferred to the apostles who had been with Him.
Acts 4:13 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.
The same Holy Spirit is with us to empower our teaching and communicate to each individual.
Understanding Scripture is not an intellectual matter but a spiritual and moral problem. No matter how great the intellect, or advanced one’s education, without the Father’s enablement, we are inadequate.
1 Corinthians 2:7-8, 14
7 we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;
14 A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
Matthew 23:23 Do not neglect the more important things.