Listening and Believing
For the last several devotionals we have been looking at heart attitudes that are conducive to receiving God's blessings. Today we will discuss a few more.
- A listening heart. Luke 5:15 says, However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.
The people came to hear and then be healed. Some did not want to take the time to listen, they just wanted the blessing so they could be on their way.
Listen to what the apostle Paul said to some people in Acts 28:27, For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.
We must have listening, receptive hearts if we are going to experience healing or any other of God's blessings.
· A believing heart. Proverbs 3:5 says, Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding.
Many years ago I was hiking up a canyon with one of my sons. He was about eight years old at the time. We reached a place where he could only get up by trusting me.
I dropped him a rope and pulled him up to where I was. He needed to believe that I would not let go. Because he did, and put actions with his belief, my strength was made available to him and he reached a place he could not have gotten to on his own.
God's strength is made available to the believing heart, and as we believe He brings us to places we could never reach on our own.
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