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What does it take for us to really hear something? You know, the kind of hearing that makes you remember it and take it in? – the kind of hearing that makes you think about it over and over that becomes a part of you usually happens when it touches us not by just understanding with our brain because it makes sense. I am talking about truly hearing.

Most people think about hearing having to do with their ears. Ears however are a catalyst making it possible for us to hear. We hear millions of things everyday – most of which we forget.

Some of the things we hear that becomes our memories are good. Our children calling out for us in the middle of the night, the first time someone says “I love you”, words of encouragement and praise – all of these are spoken things we hear. These things become a part of us.

There are other things we hear that become our memories: a soft shoulder to cry on that is just there and doesn’t speak a word, the scenery from a mountaintop as the sun breaks over the distant mountains piercing through the morning clouds, the gentle caress of our parents holding us when we were young. These things also become a part of us.

Regardless of whether the things we hear are from the spoken word or from the experience of witnessing something amazing, it is with our heart we hear these things – not our ears.

These things become so much a part of us because of our desire to hear them because they are important and meaningful. Some of these things we are aware we desire such as the ones we love acknowledging their love for us. Others, such as the witnessing of the mountain sunrise, there is an underlying desire to experience simply because of its beauty and its ability to take us by surprise – leaving us breathless.

Reading God’s Word and building our understanding and faith through His Word is much the same way. We can read it or hear it from the pulpit. We can listen to it on the radio or television. But, until we listen to it with our heart – instead of our ears – we aren’t really hearing it. With our heart we get understanding that we can never gain with only our ears. It doesn’t become real and personal until we allow our heart to hear, allowing it to become personal and meaningful to us. 

We must develop a desire, a need, a longing….a love for God’s Word and for God to be able to allow His Word to speak to us fully. Once we touch God’s heart with our love toward Him built on our desire to hear Him, I believe that He will touch our hearts in a way we can’t imagine. Then…God’s Word will become a part of us and not just something we have learned.

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John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of love and of power, and of a sound mind.”

These are two of my favorite verses in the Bible. It seems as though each time I come back to these two verses, I get something new out of them each and every time. When going over these two verses again, this is what I gained from them.

For a long time I worried about God not loving me as much when I did something wrong.  Later I realized that God knew what he was getting when he died upon the cross and purchased me. It wasn’t a blind purchase of thinking he was getting one thing and actually getting another. He knew me before I was born and he knew my heart, even back then, knowing what a sinner I would be after I was born. He knew all the mistakes I would make because he knew me so well. Naturally, I came to the conclusion of the fact that if God loved me so much then, that there is nothing I can do that will make God love me less. Just as scripture says in Romans 8; nothing can separate me from His love.

I must also admit that for a very long time, I worried about not doing enough for God. I did this in fear that not doing would somehow effect the other end of the spectrum – God not loving me more than he already did. Of course after some time of struggling with this issue as well, I once again came to the conclusion of the fact that nothing I have done, can do, or will do can effect or cause God to love me anymore. He loved me a perfect love when he died on the cross.

Therefore, it is impossible for God to love me less and it is impossible for God to love me more. I am no more special or any less special than anyone else God loves.

One might ask, “Why then do anymore for God if it doesn’t effect how God loves you?”

We do what we do; our ministries, our writing, or witnessing, our evangelism, for these purposes – because of a pure, desiring heart that loves God and strives to please Him. We do this to honor God for loving us first. We do it to show others our confidence in our hope which is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We hold on to the promise that is no fear in doing the things we do because fear does not come from God – only power, love and a sound mind.