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Listening to Jesus, Day 30 – Listening With An Open Heart

October 7, 2015

When I think of all the religions, faiths, and philosophies that people in the world have responded to, I could become overwhelmed. Certainly, Christianity was not the first nor the last, but it has maintained its popularity among nations for good reasons over the years, despite those people who would wipe Christians from the earth. Early Hebrews  had a difficult time accepting God’s covenant with Abraham, and God moved in to show them who He is throughout the Old Testament.

Though governed by Romans at the time of Jesus, Jews worshiped God according to their rules. Jesus did not offer political power as they had hoped, but a new, simple covenant with God, applicable to all people. Christian faith is a difficult pill to swallow, for it conflicts with a basic human problem, selfishness. But Christianity offers a better way to live, and a more satisfying relationship between mankind and the world in which we live. Christians trade selfishness for selflessness, for love of God and each other.

Jesus reaches to us from heaven through prayer and scripture to assure us that God is with us and for us. We have a stadium full of angels cheering us on. One only has to investigate other religions, faiths, and philosophies to see their imperfections. God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He desires that we be appreciative and happy in our faithfulness.

(Ephesians 3: 14-19) I bow to the Father of our Lord Jesus. May I know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, and be filled with the fullness of God.

(Hebrews 4: 14-16) Our high priest is Jesus, the Son of God, who was tempted without sin. May we obtain mercy and find grace in our time of need.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen

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