Jesus has the power to help us hear God.
Jesus’ miracles put his power on display. They give us a glimpse of what his kingdom will look like. In Jesus’ kingdom the deaf will hear, the lame will walk and the blind will see. When we read of Jesus healing people we also see a physical picture of what Christ does in saving us. Much like the deaf man in Mark 7:31-37, Jesus came to open our deaf ears. Has your hearing become dull to the gospel?
Just as Jesus opened a deaf mans ears, the Holy Spirit can open our eyes to see and our ears to hear the gospel as good news. We all have a friend or family member that is still deaf to the gospel. Many of you have spent years praying for their salvation and some of you may be ready to throw your hands up and lose hope. Be encouraged, Jesus is powerful enough to change their heart. Will you commit to continue praying for them?
As believers we often experience dry seasons in our walk with the Lord. It feels as though God is distant and/or silent. We read his word and pray but it feels as though no one is on the other end of the line. The saying goes, "silence is awkward." In those moments, we tend to want instant results and our impatience may be making us blind to what God wants teach us. Believer, God is powerful enough to help you hear. Pray for endurance and a patient heart. He is speaking to you. Will you slow down to listen?
Father we thank you that you are powerful. We pray for our friends and family who have not trusted in you. We ask that you would open their ears to hear you. Father, we pray for patience and endurance when we feel like you are far from us because of our impatience. We ask that you remind us that you are always speaking to us.
"Be Thou My Vision"
Jesus gives us the grace to hear God.
Do you ever wonder if God truly cares about your particular struggle? It is a common experience to feel all alone with some specific sin or circumstance that you may be dealing with. Fortunately, God knows exactly what we are going through and His grace is available to us in our weakness. God knows exactly how to help us in our time of need and His graciousness is made evident to us by providing for our specific needs. Will you attempt to be self sufficient when dealing with your sin or will you accept the grace offered to you by Jesus?
In Matthew 7:31-38, we read about Jesus healing a deaf Gentile man. Jesus’ graciousness is clearly demonstrated by how he healed the specific needs of the deaf man. We read that Jesus pulled him away from the crowd and healed him in a very intimate way. By healing him through the use of physical touch and body language, Jesus communicated His grace to this man in a way that he could understand. Do you believe that Jesus is gracious enough to provide for your specific needs in a way that clearly demonstrates his personal love for you? Has he done this for you before? If so, share that story.
The deaf man was healed when Jesus spoke the words “Be opened” to him. It is incredible to imagine that the first words this man would have ever heard were Jesus’s words of healing. As believers in Christ, we have also been given the grace to hear Jesus’s voice. Just as the deaf man’s ears were opened, our hearts have been opened when we heard and received God’s grace through faith. We have a loving God who truly cares for his children in a very personal way. Let us remember that just as Jesus has given us the grace to hear the Gospel, He will also graciously provide for our specific needs as he did for the deaf man. What specific needs to you need to take to the father this week?
Father, we do not deserve any act of grace that You provide for us, so we thank You for Your unending grace in our lives. Thank you for giving us the grace to hear the Gospel and to respond to it. And because You are our loving Father, we know that You will care for our specific needs just as you cared for the specific needs of the deaf man. Lord, we pray that You will help us to trust in Your care in our lives.
"Your Grace Finds Me"
The response to hearing God is to tell others.
R.C. Sproul says, "The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not.” The gospel addresses our real sin and provides a real savior! For those of us whose ears have been opened to hear the good news, our response should be to eagerly tell others. Are you eager to carry this message with you ever where you go?
In Sundays sermon Steven said, "Joy overrides sensibility. The natural response to receiving good news is to tell others.” What do you do with good news? Do you keep it tucked away for personal satisfaction? Is the good news of the gospel something you use to impress others and to show them how holy you are? The ability to hear and speak God’s word is a privilege we should steward well.
Steven shared with us a few ways we can steward the gospel well. 1.) Become gospel fluent- Is the gospel something you desire to know more of? 2.) Apply the gospel- are living out the hope you have in Christ and applying the work of Christ to your relationships and the situations you face? 3.) Responding to the gospel- are you telling others about the grace you have received?
Father, we pray for boldness to proclaim the good news of the gospel to those around us. We ask that you continuously astound us with your grace. Teach us new things everyday and protect us from complacency. We thank you that you have sent your son to saves us from our sin. We ask that you give us opportunities this week to share our stories with those around us and we pray that you will give them ears to hear.
"Christ Is Risen"