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In Touch - Sept. 17, 2009

  • 2009 Sep 17
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Sept. 17, 2009
Growing to Hear Him Better

Matthew 17:5

Our ability to hear the Lord is directly related to our relationship with Him. For example, an unbeliever can hear only one message from God—the call to repentance and salvation in Jesus Christ. If this vital step has not been taken, nothing else God does or says to that person will make a difference.

But what about believers? How does a Christian's closeness with God impact his or her listening? This is primarily an issue of identification. Once we receive Christ as Savior, then we certainly have salvation and are eternally secure in Him. But beyond that, God wants us to grow and mature in our faith.

We grow in Christ by identifying ourselves more and more with Jesus. That continual identification brings us closer to God. And so, when we pray, we are not praying to some cold and distant god "out there somewhere." Instead, we are praying to a God who loves us, sustains us, and molds us into His own image.

That changes how we approach Him, doesn't it? Instead of crawling face down before Him, mourning and wailing because of our sin and pleading for His mercies, we can come to Him boldly and joyfully, assured that He loves us, forgives us, and rejoices in our prayers.

When we have unimpeded fellowship with the Father, we definitely hear Him better. As we grow closer to Him, our spiritual hearing continues to improve. Through Jesus, we can have unimaginable intimacy and clear two-way communication with almighty God. Let the Lord know that is your desire. 

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