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Hearing God
Theme of the Week: Let God's Word Rock Your World
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Key Bible Verses: We heard that voice from heaven while we were with Jesus on the holy mountain. This makes us more sure about the message the prophets gave. It is good for you to follow closely what they said as you would follow a light shining in a dark place. (2 Peter 1:18-19, NCV)

Dig Deeper: 2 Peter 1

[Matthew 17:6] says the disciples, including Peter, who was normally so quick to say something, fell on their faces. Terrified. Shaking. Trembling. Why? Because they were hearing God. They knew it was God's voice speaking, and they trembled.

Put yourself on that mountaintop. You have just seen Jesus in his glory and heard the voice of God say, "Listen to him. He's my Son." You're on your face trembling because the whole thing was so intense. And then look up to see Jesus. What are you going to do?

If you had just experienced what [the disciples] experienced, you'd be running to anyone you can find and saying, "I just heard the voice of God!"

That's what it would look like to tremble at God's Word. Yet we open our Bibles all the time, and we have to ask ourselves, "Does this have even a trace of this effect on my life?" We read, "You are the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14), and we think, Oh, okay. Whatever. What's next?

Imagine trembling at everything in your Bible! With every page you turn you maintain a sense that "I've just heard from the voice of God! I've got to listen! I've got to act!"

—Francis Chan in Passion

My Response: What have I done or could I do to make Bible reading a more exciting and challenging part of my daily routine?

Thought to Apply: Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.—Charles Spurgeon (British preacher)

Adapted from Passion by Louie Giglio with Francis Chan and other contributors (Thomas Nelson, 2014; thomasnelson.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, may I read my Bible with great reverence and expectancy, knowing that I'm reading words that are inspired by you and able to convict me of sin, offer me guidance for daily living, and help me to know you in ever-deepening ways.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

July 17, 2014  6:09am

AMEN. Encouraging words to read slowly and emphasize through voice inflection. The feelings are overpowering to know He spoke these words for you, me and everyone. Share it, cause it is a gift that keeps on giving. Anthony

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Curt Schleicher

July 16, 2014  8:35am

i could ask myself daily , "How this Scripture relates to a situation i'm facing in the coming days?" or "What i could do to include the basic tenets of the passage in my day's activities". i attempt to do this on a daily basis, however, more times than i care to recall this part of my walk with God is neglected. May i never stop trying to reach for the prize of becoming a disciple of Jesus. Amen.

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