This is a great way to get extra milage out of a teaching. Yay, technology. The question is, why on earth would any of us stop with this one sermon?
My friends, if you are living of a diet of one sermon a week, even a good one, may I suggest that there is more? A wonderful way to jumpstart your walk with God is to go beyond the Sunday sermon. This is an adventure that you can go on, any day, any time.
God will almost certainly teach you new things and spur you on to new thoughts and possibilities. He will likely encourage you, and may even bring you smiles and laughs. It takes a little initiative, very little, actually, and it can start now.
"We have heard too many excellent, fire-starting, endurance-feeding talks by amazing men and women of God to not listen."
We love to share the wealth and to learn that another person was blessed like we were by our “find.” We recommend and pass around particular speakers. Some are on youtube, some are on websites for churches or ministries, some are purchased and passed around after conferences, and some are purchased online as CDs or downloads.
We all have our favorites! And we go through phases. My husband has been in a Graham Cooke phase for three years. I don’t think he’s getting out of that one, but he discovered Derek Prince, who died quite a while ago, but whose teachings can still be downloaded from iTunes.
Some of us will look for teachings by subjects; who knows anything about the courts of heaven? I will search with search engines or searches on sites. Or I will go to Rick Joyner’s ministry site and see what God is saying to him and his team when the news is heating up. Have you heard of Patricia King? John Paul Jackson? This is all good stuff. And it’s right there, a click away.
"Have you heard of Patricia King? John Paul Jackson? This is all good stuff. And it’s right there, a click away."
Rarely do more than a few days pass without someone saying “I was listening to Danny Silk (or Doug Addison, or Heidi Baker, or Chuck Pierce, or...) and they said something that really caught my attention...” What follows almost always applies to my current situation, too. It’s like having cheering friends line the road, squirting you with cool water and yelling your name, urging you on, when the the finish line is not yet in site.
Yes, this is actually another discipline to consider increasing in your already-full life. This is not meant to overwhelm you or add to your responsibilities. I’m not here to make you feel badly about not listening to more sermons in a religious manner. Just check in with God and see if He may want you to be blessed in this manner.
I have gone weeks without teaching enrichment in this way. But because I thrive on this stuff, I miss it when I don’t make time for it. And someone soon mentions something that I become enthusiastic about and look up. It’s a way of life, and it’s rich and stimulating.
Ask around. Who do your friends listen to when they want to be encouraged, challenged, taught and cheered on? They may be doing yard work with earphones, they may be driving, walking, or eating lunch alone in their office with their computer speaker on. They may be lying in bed, hands folded on their chest, headphones on, eyes closed, winding down before turning out the lights.
This is pressing into God and chasing Him with zeal and expectations. What a fun way to live life. We are absolutely not in this alone. How spoiled we are. It’s a great club, and I hope you will join.