There is a deeper kind of listening that results in spiritual understanding

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

Jesus used many stories, or parables, when speaking to the crowds. These stories compare something familiar to something unfamiliar, helping us understand spiritual truth by using everyday objects and relationships. Jesus’ parables compel listeners to discover truth, while at the same time concealing the truth from those too lazy or too stubborn to see it. To those who are honestly searching, the truth becomes clear. We must be careful not to read too much into parables, forcing them to say what they don’t mean. All parables have one meaning unless otherwise specified by Jesus.

Human ears hear many sounds, but there is a deeper kind of listening that results in spiritual understanding. If you honestly seek God’s will, you have spiritual hearing, and these stories will give you new perspectives. (NLT)

Matthew 13:1-9 – Later that same day, Jesus left the home and went down to the shore, where an immense crowd soon gathered. He got into a boat, where he sat and taught as the people listened on the shore. He told many stories such as this one:

“A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The plants sprang up quickly, but they soon wilted beneath the hot sun and died because the roots had no nourishment in the shallow soil. Other seeds fell among thorns that shot up and choked out the tender blades. But some seeds fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!”

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The Lord said, “If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn y hand against their foes!” –Psalm 81:13-14 (NIV)

Linawati Santoso’s (East Java, Indonesia) story is titled “DEEPER UNDERSTANDING;” here is a portion of Linawati’s story:

“As a tutor, I like to observe my students’ diligence and seriousness in learning. . . .

“Similarly, in our Christian lives, we have the Bible, spiritual leaders and mentors, and fellowship with other Christians to help us grow in our faith. However, not all of us pursue spiritual growth with the same passion. If we are close to God and always pray, read, and meditate on God’s word, we can deepen our understanding and our faith. When we face trials, the peace of the Lord can sustain us. We will be like seeds that fall on good soil and bring forth grain. We will yield a crop – thirty, sixty, a hundred times greater than the seeds we sow – for the kingdom of God.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I use what I have to deepen my faith?

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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