Last time we talked about one way to be close to God is by activating your faith. Today we’re going to learn how to Listen for God to Knock.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 KJV
When Jesus spoke these words, He was speaking to the church in Laodicea. He starts out saying…
I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
He’s pleading with the people who choose not to pursue Him whole-heartedly. People who “play” at church–sometimes praying, sometimes believing. He’s asking them to repent in how they’re living and give up the “self-righteous” choices they are making.
Sometimes we think because we “belong” to a church and attend bible study we are living the Christian life. However, we aren’t sincerely seeking God, serving Him, and worshiping Him. We are actually “lukewarm Christians.”
The door is your heart and the knock is God’s gentle voice calling to you, asking you to leave your evil, self-righteousness and self-made doctrines that don’t serve Him. When you open the door and repent of the evil in your lives, you are able to “sup” with Him and receive more of His Spirit pouring over you.
Romans 10:17 tells us, So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
So, how do we hear His voice? We can do it in a various way: attend bible study, go to church, listen to audios of sermons or Christian podcasts, read the Bible, pray, and intently study the word.
When we listen for God’s “knock,” that is the moment He is led into our hearts. When we allow Him in, He brings with Him, love, power, understanding, grace, and mercy, all of which break down the worldly self and bring in the new spiritual self!
How can you bring about this change?
Matthew 6:33 says But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
After you find Him, remember to let Him in. This is as simple as saying: Lord please come into my heart.
Lastly, get in a quiet place and listen intently for His voice. Do this every day and you will feel closer to God.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2
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