listening to the word of God

Let the word sink down and settle you

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples, “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.” (Luke 9:43-45)

There may be times when the message of God’s word is hard to understand, but when this happens he wants us to do one thing – meditate on what he’s said and trust what he’s saying.

Our imperfections may cause our understanding of how things will work out to fall short of God’s desire, but nonetheless, the importance of remembering and trusting remains the same (Psalm 119:147-149). EA

And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (Luke 2:18-20)

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Seeking a religious experience

People often confuse having a relationship with God with “experiencing” God…so the experience is what they seek. This is why many of the religious movements of the past and present have found “success” by centering around a person’s opportunity to “experience” God in a way like they never have before!

These “promise makers” of the past and the present exchange the reality of the first-century miraculous gifts from God for twenty-first-century emotionalism, and the result is that many individuals are drawn away from following God’s word in exchange for following their own heart (Proverbs 3:5-6); the result is that many individuals look for God to “talk to them” instead of listening to what He has already said (Hebrews 1:1-2); and the result is that many individuals confuse God’s desire for holiness with their own desire for happiness (Hebrews 12:14-17).

These situations, and many more, happen due to the mistake of thinking that a healthy relationship with God is based upon what some consider to be “experiencing” God through a rush of emotions.

But instead of seeking a “religious experience” one should seek the word of God’s grace that builds one up spiritually (Acts 20:32) because seeking a “religious experience” is not the same as seeking God, and whichever one we seek will determine which one we will find. EA

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

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