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November 22, 2017, 7:00 AM

Faith Comes by Hearing

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).

We will never know anything about God if we don't listen to what He says. If we ignore His word, it is like throwing away a letter from a close friend. It is just as important to communicate with God as it is with others we are in relationships with. We use words to get to know people. It's the same with God. If we want to know what God likes or what He hates, we need to read His word and listen to what He has to say. God has written words to us out of His great love for us. Consider the Bible His love letter. The more you read it, the more you want to read it. Don't be surprised if words seem to jump off the page and into your heart. 

God rewards those who seek Him with all their hearts. Spending time in God's word pleases Him, because He knows it's your desire to get to know Him--to be in an intimate relationship with Him. Have you thought about the meaning of the word "intimacy"? One way to put it would be "into-me-He-sees." When you are in a close intimate relationship with someone, you expect him to be true to you, not sharing his affections with anyone else. We all dream of having a love relationship with someone who will be honest with us, someone we can depend on, someone who we can trust and believe in, someone who loves us completely and someone we can be ourselves with and be accepted. This is God's desire too--to be loved by you. He calls us to, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5).

It's God's desire to share true love with us and for us to have a special place for Him in our hearts. He loves us so much He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him whould not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for loving us first, before we ever thought about loving you. Thank you for your words of love written to us in the Bible. Help us to read, understand and apply your word to our lives. In Christ Jesus, Amen.

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