by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday February 27, 2005
God's Goal In Communicating
How you enter church each week will have a great impact on how you exit it. The reference here is to attitude and intention, not on whether you look or act just right.
James tells us to be doers - and not just hearers - of the Word. The only way to be a doer is to be an intense hearer. We must know what to do and how to go about it before we can be a doer.
So it is imperative that we walk into church services having resolved that we will intently, actively listen to the preaching of the Word of God.
Pray for God to prepare your heart for what He wants you to hear from your pastor. Take notes. Pray during the message. Say something like, "Lord, what are you trying to teach me here?" If there is a particular point that God continually is impressing upon your spirit, ask Him, "Father, what am I missing? Reveal what You would have me learn. How can I absorb what I am hearing and apply it to my life?"
Comprehending God's Word will help you become a doer of God's Word. This is the truth behind Romans 8:29, in which God would have us to be conformed to the image of His Son. You must comprehend to be conformed, and, finally, you must be conformed to effectively communicate in speech and deed the Word of God.
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