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TRUE MINISTRIES CHURCH ITCHING EARS 2 TIMOTHY 4:1-4 The bible says that the word is powerful.

Sharper than any two edged sword. It pierces the spirit, soul and body, brings healing, deliverance and convicts. Paul writes to his brother Timothy. This is one of his sons. He says, I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom—What was he doing? He was charging him. In other words, I am committing you before God as a responsibility. Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. Some people don’t like to be rebuked. Some people don’t want to be convinced. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. This is pretty powerful because brother Paul writes this to his son Timothy and says listen, You know the truth. Don’t get caught up with those who know the truth also and who like to preach but don’t walk in the truth. Who like to tell everybody about the truth and about Jesus but who can’t walk in the truth. Don’t you dare become one of them! See he was going a little bit beyond. He says, I charge you Timothy, before God Almighty, that you not only walk in the truth but that you teach the truth! Because you can’t do one without the other. He said, Listen, you’re going to have to convince, you’re going to have to rebuke—you’re going to lose some friends. Don’t worry about trying to keep a congregation. Speak the truth. Because it’s going to come with longsuffering. It’s going to come with longsuffering. But you must do it. Because one day everyone is going to be judged before the Father, the living and the dead. This is what I am charging before you, before God Almighty. Because they are going to run from the truth. They are going to have itching ears. Because they are going to hear what they want to hear. Because the conviction that they are going to receive is going to be more of a condemnation and they are going to think my people are against others who are teaching the truth. One of the things that you and I must come out of is self. When the Lord says teach and preach the truth in season and out, it’s not about how you feel. In season and out has nothing to do with how you feel. If you are concerned with how you feel, then you are serving the god of feeling and not the God of truth. And there’s a difference. You and I must continually come out of that emotional realm. Especially the realm of woe is me. What are people going to think if I tell the truth? Everyone has been challenged with that. What you have to have is discernment and walk in the Spirit because He is going to let you know when you are to speak. But in the meantime he says there are going to be people with itching ears. That’s why people leave certain churches. That’s why they jump from one church to another church to another church. What they are looking for is someone who is going to preach according to the way they feel. Today’s teaching is called Itching Ears. And it says that they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables. He says you are going to have to endure afflictions—watch this, verse 5, But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. The word evangelist here means fulfill your witness. Do the work of a what? Witness! Isn’t an evangelist a witness? Everyone who comes into the Kingdom of God is an evangelist. Automatically. You are evangelizing the world, aren’t you. You might not be going from nation to nation right now but you are evangelizing everywhere you go. What you do is the most

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important example and witness. It lets you know and others know where your relationship is with the Lord. That’s what it let’s you know. Many people fall into that religious state. They can quote the scriptures, they can know the pages, but they can’t walk. Jesus said to them you seek the scriptures that testify of me, yet you won’t come to me where you will know me. You think you have eternal life, but I am the only one that can give it. Reading about it doesn’t give it. You’ve got to walk it. You’ve got to know it. That’s where relationship is the number one most important thing. That’s what separates religion from relationship. It’s pretty ironic and it’s really wild. I am not saying this to bring accusation but the word tells us that you will know them by their fruit. I can almost sense immediately what denomination an individual comes from. Understand it’s not about the denomination. It’s from the teachings. It’s not about the denomination whatsoever, it’s about what they have been taught! You can see it and you can sense it right away. The number one thing that has infiltrated the body of Christ is the spirit of religion which brings people into bondage. Some people are just not willing to hear. They don’t want to hear! They run from hearing!! Then you find that they begin to hang around those people who are willing to hear the same things they want to hear. They begin to separate themselves. Even when they go into a congregation, they begin to separate themselves with individuals that want to hear. Because the devil likes to bring division to come against what God is trying to do. That’s known as the spirit of antichrist. The spirit of antichrist always comes against the move of the Spirit. Remember this, itching ears produce an itching tongue. An itching ear produces an itching tongue. People who have an itching ear only want to hear what they want to hear. Did you ever talk to someone and after you talked with them they turned it all upside down. They turned it upside down and all around. It’s like What!!!! That’s not what I said at all! They like turning things around. What you are manifesting in the natural realm is directly connected with what kind of spirit you are associating with. Itching ears produce an itching tongue. 1 TIMOTHY 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons—Departing from the faith means backsliding. People backslide because they take heed to the voice of the stranger. The reason for this is that they haven’t discerned what is of God and what is not of God. Or they are not strong enough to take dominion over what they hear. Many people will fall away. In fact, the bible tells us that before the son of perdition is revealed, there will be a falling away. Because he is not going to reveal himself until he can get enough of them on his side. It says the falling away must come first. Then the son of perdition comes. Because right now the spirit of antichrist is running rampant and I shared with you before God has released more demonic activity into the world. It’s His choice. What’s he doing? He is bringing more of his people closer to him. It’s getting to the point where in the natural realm, the natural ways of curing people isn’t working anymore. People are running to psychiatrists and psychologists and that are not helping. What’s going to happen is that they are going to begin to run to the church more and more and more! Because the worldly ways are not helping. They bring people into management but not freedom. It hurts my heart when I hear how easy it is for people to run to medication. Yeah my kid has been acting real strange this week so we put him on Ritalin—or whatever. Or a valium. It’s such an easy fix for them! It’s deception. This is one of the things the Lord is offended with the church. He is offended by how much secularism is in the body of Christ. Do you know why? Too many itching ears. The spirit of competition is phenomenal. The spirit of selfishness and greed is

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phenomenal running rampant in the body of Christ. People are afraid of losing what’s not theirs. They are afraid of losing what is not even theirs. Because we have said, Lord I’ve given you my life. But then whatever we get we think is ours. No, it’s His. JAMES 4:1-10 Itching ears produce an itching tongue. Did you ever get around someone who spoke whatever they felt. But you don’t know how I feel!!! What do you mean, you just told me everything! Even that perverse stuff. No dominion over the tongue! That’s how you can tell someone has itching ears. Then they tell you God said this. Verse 1, Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? Desires have a voice. You lust and do not have. You murder and covet—That’s mine! If it’s yours, that means it doesn’t belong to the Lord. That’s mine! You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. The right thing! You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. That’s people who try and manipulate God. Oh Lord … I come to you as your humble servant. You know what I need and your word says…. They can’t walk it but they know what the word says! I’m expecting you to give it to me…. But they can’t walk it. Lord you know I really need that car! I really need a woman! Or a man. I really need a raise at my job! Lord you know how much I am in debt and I really need to pay this off. What does God say? Come unto me. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all things will be added to you. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not need. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. I remember one guy who came to me—he came to the Lord. He was funny because he really didn’t understand the fullness. He was saved for about a week and he came to me and said, You know what, do you think the Lord would give me a brand new vet? I said, Well all things are possible but can you handle one? What would you use it for? He said, Well my own pleasures! It doesn’t mean that God doesn’t bless us with things for our own pleasures. But he knows that that pleasure isn’t going to move you away from Him. He knows that that pleasure (what he has blessed you with) isn’t going to interfere or get between you and Him. Anything that interferes between you and Him is a selfish pleasure. Anything. And it’s called an idol. He says, You adulterers and adulteresses! Now that just doesn’t mean fornication. The Lord said that the Jews were in adultery. Why? Because they were worshiping other gods! He called them adulterers. He called them harlots! Because they were worshiping other gods! If there is anything you worship more than Him, especially yourself, you are called an adulterer. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity [meaning hatred] with God? What is he telling us? That means you are associating with the presence of evil because the ruler of the earth is who? Satan. So if you are a friend of the world, you are a friend of satan. But you are claiming to be a believer. That means we are serving two gods. You end up hating one and loving the other. Let me share this with you. You will love hating the one and hate loving the other. In other words, you will love the one that gives you what you need when you want it. And you will hate the one that doesn’t give you what you want when you want it. The devil loves to give us things to fulfill the pleasures of the lust. He is right there. I share with guys when they come out of jail. Usually the first thing that comes up is they meet someone out there with a cigarette. The devil comes and offers them a cigarette. A woman. It’s not the dope right away. There are already temptations everywhere else. It’s already done. Some people are already getting attacked two weeks before they get out of jail. They are already compromising. They make a commitment but they can’t keep to it. Because of itching ears. They are trying to listen but they

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are not willing to discern what they are listening to. This is what you and I have to learn. Because freedom is learned. Freedom is learned and we must learn to discern the voice of the stranger. And must learn to discern the fruits of the voice. What is the end result going to be of what you are listening to? If people will just take the time. That is not going to happen unless you walk in God’s presence. Because you will be pushed. The world is pushed. Everyone is running out of time out there. When you and I were in the world, Man I’ve got to get this done!!! I’ve got to get this done!! Everyone out there is running around like chickens with their heads cut off, trying to get fulfillment in such a mad rush! They are actually looking for peace. And they don’t understand that you can only get peace from the Prince of Peace and in His presence. They can’t sit down and relax!! They can sit down and relax when they have accomplished fulfilling the flesh! But then it only lasts for a period of time and then they have to get up and chase it again. Some people can’t sleep at night because they are still thinking about things in the world. We read yesterday in Romans 8 that he who has his mind set on the things of the flesh will die. But he whose mind is set on the things of the Spirit will have peace and life. So what you hear is very, very important. What you hear—most people think they are hearing their own thoughts. That’s where you have to learn separation. I know we have heard some of this before but the Spirit is trying to bring us to another level. Because there are a lot more devils being released. So you have to get with the next level. You have to tune it. You have to sharpen it. You have to be ready in season and out! You have to be ready to pull that sword out when it’s time to pull it out. You don’t pull it out unless you are told to pull it out. Because if you pull it out without being told to pull it out, it will end up falling on you. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “ God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” That’s powerful! God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Remember I shared with you that desires come from itchy ears because desires have a voice. Now here is the other thing that’s powerful. Pride is the strongman behind itchy ears. The spirit of pride is the strongman behind itchy ears and ungodly desires. Pride. But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Itchy ears produce an itchy tongue. Pride is behind itchy ears. The strongman of pride. Personal reverence into a deadly end. P-RI-D-E. Verse 7, Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. So how much you submit to God determines how much you are able to resist the devil. If you can only submit so much, you can only resist so much. That’s why you are not going by how you feel nor walking by sight. You are walking by faith. So you are making your flesh—you are making your soul submit to God! It’s like I shared Friday night at service, you have to take that flesh sometimes and throw it into the throne room of God. You have to take the soul—and slap the soul out of that soul!!! You have to beat down those feelings and those emotions and you have to make yourself get into the presence of God. You have to take dominion over this temple. If the temple has dominion over you, you are not walking in the Spirit. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God—Hallelujah that’s what he said!! Come on!! Get to me! Jesus is saying this. Quit running to the world! And don’t come to me with pride. Come to me and I will take it from you. Bring it with you and I will take it. But don’t boast in front of me as to what you have done. Like saying, Oh Lord I’ve suffered…. I’ve done this—I’ve done that. We don’t go to Him as a servant. We go to Him as a son. We go to Him as a son in humility. Because of who He is. I shared with you already that if you are

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walking right with Him your mistakes are his troubles. They are His problems. That’s why you can walk in freedom. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Guess who doesn’t want you to draw near to God? satan. Why? Because he knows God is going to draw near to you and will bring light and truth into an area you are struggling with. You are going to repent, do the right thing, get free and learn. The fruit of learning is overcoming. If you are not overcoming, you are not truly learning. The fruit of learning is overcoming. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. That’s one who is still serving both sides. It’s not always blatantly clear—Here’s one side and here’s the other side and I’m going to make a choice…. Most of the time you don’t even know you are doing it! Until it’s too late. But in the Spirit, he tells you things to come. You will begin to see things all the way through as you judge the fruit you will know—as you judge the voice by its fruit—you already know what the end result is going to be. In fact, most of the time you already know what the end result is going to be but you chose not to do it. I know many times people don’t want to come and ask me something because they already know what the answer is going to be and they don’t want to hear it. At least they saw it through, right!!! But they didn’t see it ALL the way though because they get in trouble don’t they! It’s not because of anything of me. They didn’t want counsel from the Spirit. It has nothing to do with a man. If we are doing that with man, we are willing to do that with God. I’m not going to the Lord on this. You are not even thinking, Well I’m not going to the Lord on this. But that still small voice is there asking you why you aren’t coming to the Lord on this. In true reality you already know what the answer is. But if you already know what the answer is, you are already in trouble! That means we are walking in fear! We are afraid we are going to lose something and we are listening to an itchy ear because the strongman of pride is saying I want it my way. God will not give you favor. You have to earn your own. Let me share something with you. Something that is not ordained does not last. Ordained means directed from God. If it’s not ordained, it’s not going to last. If God’s hand is not on it, it’s not anointed! But if his hand is on it, it’s anointed. Lament and mourn and weep! In other words, repent big time! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Why? WAKE UP! WAKE UP!! Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. DANIEL 10:10-12 You are going to hear a tremendous amount of everything having to do with walking in the Spirit. Because God’s church is Spirit. He says judgment begins in the church. Verse 10, Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright—In other words, give me all your attention and get this right and don’t miss it. You know so many times people will come to a teaching or a service and even in that they will only hear what they want to hear. Because of itching ears. They hear only what they want to hear. Can’t be talking about me! Conviction comes. Can’t be talking about me! Or when they are willing to receive the conviction, people get upset. You’re talking about me! I don’t know why you are pointing me out!! No one’s pointing you out. It’s the Holy Ghost convicting you! Repent! Understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Believe me when God speaks to you, you will know. Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your

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words were heard—Hallelujah. What you want God to hear depends upon how you approach Him. Did you ever have someone come up to you and say, Yo, give me a cigarette! Yo, give me a cookie—or a candy bar. Yo give me something to drink! No respect. Some people don’t have any understanding of respect for God’s presence. They don’t get it. They have no honor or respect in His presence. And it is extremely important. If we don’t have honor and respect in the presence of the Lord, we don’t know Him. The angel of the Lord told Daniel that from the first moment you set your heart to understand and you humbled yourself, God heard what you were asking. He heard your prayer. And I have come because of your words. That’s an honor!! That’s an honor that God would move on behalf of your words! Do you know why? Because they are not your words. They are the words of the Spirit. You are just cooperating. You are just yielding. You are not just taking anything out of the air and listening to it and speaking it. You are discerning what you are hearing. And you are speaking it. Itching ears will always cause accusations. People who have itching ears can’t believe that they did something wrong. They are always afraid and have to accuse others of taking things from them. In fact, they also accuse God of taking things from them. Oh Lord if you would have done this … that wouldn’t have happened!! Some people think God has taken their loved ones. May be he did to rescue them from you. Some of us have lost our children and families and so forth. But if you get right with God, everything will be restored. We are all witnesses of that. Things will be restored but you can’t force it. You can’t manipulate it. Because if you manipulate it, you are associating with the spirit of lying. When someone asks you how you are doing, blessed and highly favored is probably the best answer you can give. Be honest if you are struggling with something. But if you are struggling with something really bad and you’re saying that you are just fine, you are lying! You are listening to the voice of the stranger and you have already bit the bait by lying because your pride won’t allow you to get prayer or expose your weakness. That’s why the word tells us to confess our sins to one another. What are they doing? Confessing their weaknesses that they may be healed. Hallelujah. MATTHEW 4:1-4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. When you learn something, God tests you. What you learn today, you will be tested on. You are tested on everything. Why? So it comes from your head into your Spirit. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Testing. The devil was tempting him. He was checking him. He was trying to get him to use his power out of context. He was trying to get him to use something God had given him in the wrong place. People do that without discernment. But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” This is a powerful statement because Jesus gave the example of what we hear producing a desire. What was the devil trying to do? Produce a desire. To what? Eat. He was trying to produce a desire to what? Fulfill the flesh. He said no. Didn’t he tell his disciples my food is to do the will of God. Doesn’t the bible say the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but peace joy and righteousness in the Holy Ghost. Do you see the separation between the physical and the Spirit. Jesus started that right off. Man cannot live by bread alone! But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. What you hear will cause a desire.

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PSALM 138:1-8 I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving kindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. Because the word was renewing his soul. Renewing his thoughts. It was giving him discernment in how he felt. He was beginning to learn what lined up with the word and what didn’t. I’m not going to feel this way even though I feel this way. I’m not going to think this way even though I think this way. And I’m not going to speak this way even though I speak this way. The word says as a man thinks so he is. That’s where the carnal and secular world tries to put labels on people, Hi my name is … and I’m a drug addict. As a man thinks so he is. And they can never come out of it. The world loves to put labels on people such as bi-polar, schizophrenic, etc. They need to go right to the root. It’s a demon. Do they know that? No. A demon can’t cast out a demon. In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, when they hear the words of Your mouth. Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. Though the LORD is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar. You can’t get close to the Lord being proud. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; you will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerns me—as I walk in the Spirit. our mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. He wants to work his hands through you. His word is above his name. EZEKIEL 12:1-3 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight. You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house. Itching ears produce rebellion. Rebellion is witchcraft. Why? Because individuals don’t want to hear. They are rebellious toward what God is trying to say. How many times has God told you that you need to humble yourself before a certain individual? Even though they are right or they are wrong. Especially if they are right and you are wrong. What is he saying? You need to go and ask for forgiveness. Or you need to forgive them. The word tells us bless those who persecute you, use you and speak against you. Pray for them and forgive them. That’s part of my prayer every day. Because I know that there are a lot of words coming against me! Why? Because I preach the truth. It’s not me that preaches and it’s not my doctrine. It’s His. I just show up. So we see that itching ears produce rebellion and rebellion is witchcraft. ZECHARIAH 7:8-12 Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.’ “But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. Whoa! Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the LORD of hosts. They stopped hearing. What did they stop hearing? Correction,

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counsel, direction. Because of what? The strongman of pride. Because itching ears is associated with the spirit of pride. Personal reverence into a deadly end. PROVERBS 16:18-20 Pride goes before destruction—Hello. Destruction, things happening in your life where there is a lot of destruction. And a haughty spirit before a fall. People do not backslide or fall because they are humble. They fall because they are prideful. People backslide and fall because of their association with the strongman of pride. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he. People who are prideful cannot trust God. Trusting God means in every area. Not just the areas you want to trust him in. Some people won’t turn things over to God. Because they know they are not going to get what they want. I can’t turn that over to the Lord. Are you kidding, it will take me forever to get that!! That’s a lie from the devil! I would rather have it come from God than the devil. What comes from the world is from satan. Anything that is out to fulfill the flesh you know is going to be a stumbling block. God will give you things for pleasure when he knows you have dominion over it. Because it’s no longer you that live but He that lives. It’s He living in that position, in that place of your life. What he is trying to do is fulfill every area of your life with his presence—with the Christ. So that you are able to turn everything over to Him. Let me share with you, when you finally turn everything over to him, it comes back pure! It comes back holy! It doesn’t become a stumbling block to you. You know that it is from Him and when it comes from Him that means it’s ordained, his hand is on it and he takes care of it. JEREMIAH 6:10-12 To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the LORD is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it. Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD. I am weary of holding it in. I will pour it out on the children outside, and on the assembly of young men together; for even the husband shall be taken with the wife, the aged with him who is full of days. And their houses shall be turned over to others, fields and wives together; for I will stretch out My hand against the inhabitants of the land,” says the LORD. That has happened to many of us. That’s happened to me. I lost everything. My wife. You name it. Everything. Why? Because I wouldn’t hear. That’s the fruit of it. That’s the result of not hearing. We see here Jeremiah was given the word. It was known as the word of truth. If the word of truth is no longer a delight in your life, you actually begin to dislike the word of God. You begin to not even want to hear it anymore. Because of the reproach. It seems like you take it as blaming you. Man every time I hear the word of God, it’s always blaming me and beating me up!! Do you know why it is beating someone up? Because they are not letting it in to penetrate and heal. You can get more bruised on the outside. ECCLESIASTES 5:1-2 Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools—When you come in here, are you willing to hear? We don’t come into these rooms with the attitude that we are paying a sacrifice. We come in to hear. We should want to hear what God has to tell us. Draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. Itchy ears produce evil. It produces individuals to do evil.

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Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. Hallelujah. Itchy ears produce an itchy tongue. Those with itchy ears will do evil. MATTHEW 13:19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. Without understanding the devil comes to steal it. Remember when the angel said to Daniel, Once you turned your hear to understand and humbled yourself. That’s how the seed gets in. That’s how the truth of the word comes. In humbling himself he was willing to admit. When someone is not humble, they are not willing to admit. We must have discernment. Read this again, When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it [or does not have discernment], then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. You only get this discernment from fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit. You don’t want the seed of corruption to be sewn in your heart. You want the seed of righteousness to be sewn in your heart. If the seed of corruption is sewn in your heart because of itchy ears, it grows and bears fruit for the devil. LUKE 8:15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart—In other words, humble!! Keep it and bear fruit with patience. Or endurance. In other words, they weren’t going to let that seed be stolen. That’s a humble heart. Whether it’s conviction or encouragement, either way, they are not going to let it be stolen. Because it will grow and bear fruit of righteousness. DEUTERONOMY 18:19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. In other words, we are going to have to pay a price for what we don’t do when we hear it. JAMES 1:19-24 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear—In other words, quick to hear. Listen. The word says to test the spirits. Listen. Discern what you are hearing. Check its fruit out by what the end result will be. So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak—Why? Because an itchy ear brings an itchy tongue. Slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. We must be swift to hear and be a doer. PROVERBS 15:31-33 The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. The fear of the LORD is the

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instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility. Everyone wants to be recognized but they are not willing to get humble! PROVERBS 8:32-36 Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death. There are some people I would like to say to, So you love death!! And it’s certainly not death to self. REVELATION 2:8-11 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. You know what he is saying? And I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Christians and are not, but are the synagogue of satan! Because a Christian does what? Follows. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Because you are telling the truth. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison. To wake you up! That you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death. He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says. It goes back to walking in the Spirit. It goes back to having fellowship with the Holy Spirit. And you will hear this until you are taken. Because God paid a price for me and you to have fellowship in the Spirit. ****

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