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Hearing vs. Listening

The difference between only hearing the Word of God and actually listening to it is faith. Not everyone who hears the message of the Gospel with their ears or who reads it with their eyes accepts the salvation of Jesus Christ.

“For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” – Hebrews 4:2

When we hear the Word of God, or read it, we must absorb the text with faith in our hearts in order to benefit from it. We also must accept that, while we can and should reach out and share the message of the Gospel with others, we can’t control whether they are only hearing it or actually listening.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14

So far as it depends upon us, let us LISTEN to Scripture, rather than only hearing it.


Taking Its Toll

I’ve been observing a lot of life events taking their toll on my friends and family members, and even myself lately. 
Sudden deaths, difficult goodbyes to those departing (not yet for eternity, but for places that seem an eternal distance away), scary medical diagnoses, job transitions, and more can really bring a person down.
Well wishes and hugs honestly only do so much for a person who has one, several, or maybe all of these hit them at once.
Many of those who follow Jesus begin to wonder where He is. Those who don’t follow Jesus may think that the luck of the universe is against them. Both may wonder if this life is even worth it in the end. 
Life has a lot of aspects that really do suck the hope out of any human being, no matter their beliefs. 
Some preachers say that if your life is hard and you aren’t financially blessed, you’re doing something wrong. They may blame your lack of faith in prayer, your lack of frequency in prayer, or a host of other possibilities.
Here’s the thing, though. God never promised an easy life for us on this earth, but He did promise to be with us every step of the way, through every kind of trial we face. God is faithful to His faithful, and He is faithful to the faithless. 
He won’t give us more than we can handle through His strength. As the saying goes,

“He Who brought you to it

Will see you through it.”

Find rest, weary soul. The burden is heavy, but Jesus carries our burdens with us, and His heart breaks with ours.

Faithful & Fruitful

  • The faithful live in the flesh fruitfully.

Phillipians 1:21-22 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.”

John 15:14-17 “You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”

  • The Lord is faithful to refresh those who are faithful and fruitful.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Psalm 23:2 “He takes me to lush pastures, He leads me to refreshing water.”

Writing Prompt #18

“Write about three realistic goals you would like to achieve in your lifetime.”

Goal 1: I would like to create something memorable that leaves a lasting impression, through the use of media. I want this work to make the viewer/reader really think about something important and walk away determined to change something about themselves and this world for the better.

Goal #2: I would like to bring up any future children my husband and I may have into a beautiful, clean, well-kept home with lots of love and good teaching. I would like to see them become successful, kind adults who make the world a better place by being a part of it – adults who have good values as the foundation for how they love their lives, both Biblical and moral values.

Goal #3: I would like to be faithful to everything the Lord has called me to do in my life, personally, in my family, in my work in the home, in my work at my job(s), and in witnessing for Him wherever I am. I know that I definitely fall short, but I have every confidence that, when God looks at me, He sees the work of His Son Jesus, and has favor upon me, despite my human short-comings.

Righteous Before God

“And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly  in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.” (Luke 1:6)

How amazing would it be if God said this about you and me! How amazing would it be if this was what other people said when they saw us living our lives! After all, as we say in the catechism, “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Our main goal in life should be to live in a way that brings glory and honor to God.

In our desire to be righteous before God, we are not to harbor pride in our hearts because of how we keep God’s law. We must remember that it is the righteousness of Christ that makes us righteous – without Him we are nothing. 

Jesus didn’t come for people who already think they have it all together on their own, but for those who admit their need for a Savior. “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Him and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: –I desire mercy, not sacrifice.– For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ ” (Matthew 9:10-13) 

We must not look around at others and have a condescending attitude, making ourselves feel more righteous because we don’t sin in the same way as someone else. “The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the other men — swindlers, evil doers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:11-14)

When we come before God Almighty, Who sent His one and only Son to die as a sacrifice for our sins, we must bow before Him with an attitude of humility, grateful to Him for His work in our lives, not boasting and trusting in ourselves to earn any favor from God. Let us be found faithful in our righteousness that comes from the faithful righteousness of Jesus our Savior.


Jesus Is Faithful.

“God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.” – Mother Teresa (*quote, not Scripture)

As fully God and fully man, Jesus endured the temptations faced by mankind during His years physically on earth. He has promised to remain faithful to us, even in the most difficult of circumstances. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

While He doesn’t¬†always give us what we want at the moment, He sovereignly provides that which we need: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Like a rock, He is a firm foundation – that which we can always cling to. “For Who is God, but the LORD? And Who is a rock, except our God?” (2 Samuel 22:32) “From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61:2) Even in our darkest day, the faithfulness of God stands firm.

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