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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Hearing God"

Date published: 11/15/2009

Luke 1:13, 18, 20, 22 “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zachariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.’ 18 Zechariah asked the angel, ‘How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.’  20 (Angel speaking) ‘And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.’ 22 When Zechariah came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.” (NIV)  

God came to Zechariah through the angel Gabriel to answer his prayers of many years for the child he desired – yet he doubted and questioned God. Zechariah exhibited faith...but when God moved right before his eyes, he not only did not believe – he needed further demonstration of God’s work. Zechariah was blessed to have a further demonstration of God’s intent. But I am struck with the question of how often God comes into my life to answer prayer, to guide me, and to work wonders and I am resistant and oblivious to His presence and work. Often during my prayer times, I am convicted by the Holy Spirit of God’s work in my life. It seems so obvious under the Holy Spirit’s conviction although I was unaware and unresponsive when it happened. God promises His work and presence in your life. Colossians 2:9-10 says, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, Who is the head over every power and authority.”  It is a shame to desire God’s promises and then be deaf and blind to His hand in your life. Live in the presence of His glory and work so that you can experience all that God has for you. Live in the expectancy of God’s love and grace knowing that He not only lives in you, but also actively works for your good! Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” 

1 Corinthians 2:12 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (KJV)