Preparing to Hear from God: Receptive

January 15, 2014 at 11:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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Last time we thought about preparing to hear from God by intentionally getting R.eady. Now we will focus on being:

R.eceptive

Receptive means willing to receive. God doesn’t speak to people so that they can evaluate it and determine whether it might be true. We need to be receptive to hearing from God in two ways:

1. Accept what God says.

We need to believe – not reject – what God says. Jesus would sometimes say, “Those who have ears to hear, let them hear,” because not everybody wanted to hear from Jesus for the right reasons. The Pharisees wanted to evaluate His Words or find fault with Him so they could accuse Him. His parables made sense to those who were ready to receive the truth.

2. Agree with God.

Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.

Ezra 10:11 (emphasis added)

Confession is not admitting you got caught. It’s agreeing with God – that what He says about anything is right, including what He says about you and me.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I John 1:9 (emphasis added)

Next time, we will think about being responsive in our preparation to hear from God.


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