Listening With the Third Ear
Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you — ‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’ 4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:3-5 NKJV
God is one—not two, three, or multiple gods. So, whatever you need, want or desire, you only have to look to the true and living One God. Only with this revelation can you truly love God with all your heart, soul, and strength, if you listen and hear.
To listen is to pay attention in order to hear. To hear is the function of perceiving sound by the ear. Listening precede hearing. God told Israel that in order to have a good success in the Promised Land, they had to listen and hear. To get through life, we all must use our ears to listen and hear. But to listen attentively, not only for what the Word is saying, but also the subtext of what is being said; that’s what it mean to listen with the third ear (Rom. 10:17). The Holy Spirit helps us listen and hear with the third ear (the ear of the spirit).
So, what is God saying to you? “Does not the [spiritual] ear test words, and the mouth tastes its food (Job 12:11). To know what God is saying to you, you need the Holy Spirit to counsel, teach, and help you to listen and hear with the third ear (John 14:16-17; 15:26).
Naturally, as you grow older some of your natural hearing may decrease, but spiritually, as you grow in the Lord your listening and hearing should increase acutely. In fact, in the revelation of Jesus Christ given to the Apostle John in the book of Revelation, Jesus clearly instructed John to write what he saw and put in a book and send seven respective messages to the seven churches of Asia. At the end of each message, without exception, Jesus told John to write that His message to these churches could only be heard with the third ear—not their physical ears: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Rev. 2:7,11,17,29: 3:6,13,20,22).
So, hear with the third ear people of God. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (Heb. 3:7; 4:7). Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.