"Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water." Hebrews 10:22 AMP
Thoughts for Today
It is important to prepare ourselves to actively listen to God. Today's scripture suggests some "hearing aids"—ways to prepare ourselves to hear from God.
- Approach God honestly, with a sincere heart. Are our motives right? Do we really want to hear his truth? Are we ready to obey, even if his plan is different from ours?
- Full assurance of faith. Do we have "absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness"?
- Hearts cleansed from a guilty conscience. Have we repented of any sin in our life?
- Body washed with pure water. Are we walking in obedience to God?
Habakkuk 2:1-2 provides a process for active listening. "I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me … Then the LORD replied: 'Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets.'"
There are three more "hearing aids" set forth in this passage that can help us be ongoing, active listeners:
- Close yourself in with God.
- Look and listen for God.
- Write down what he tells you.
Lord, fill me with a hunger to be a more active listener in my relationship with you. Help me to prepare my heart so that I might hear you clearly. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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