I. Sin causes spiritual deafness.
'Go to this people, and say, You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive. For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.'
II. God opens our spiritual ears.
We all struggle with this, even after God heals us and we have accepted Jesus as Lord. Sometimes we don't like to hear the truth and we put on 'spiritual earplugs' so we don't have to give up what the Bible tells us we should.
Truth: Jesus does all things well (see verse 36).
III. We must seek freedom from spiritual deafness.
We must repent of our earplugs and remove them so we can hear the Word and believe it.
James 1:22-25 (ESV)
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 who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
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