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#18 – Tuesday – March 21, 2017

#18 – Tuesday – March 21, 2017
“Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” Matthew 8:13
There is a sense in which we experience God the way we expect to. In a parable about a master who had given his servants some money to invest, two servants were comfortable enough with the master to take some risks. One saw him as “a hard man” (Matthew 25:24). And though all three had the same master, they each experienced him exactly according to their expectations.
It’s the same way with God. If we perceive Him as a hard master, we probably experience a hard master. If we understand His grace, we experience grace. It isn’t that God’s character varies; He’s unchanging. But our faith determines our experience of Him.
This is a hugely important truth in whether we experience God’s Presence. If we ask Him to make His Presence felt but think answer to that prayer is a long shot, we aren’t very likely to be aware of His touch. But if we pray fully confident that He will answer, we’ll encounter Him.
Do you really believe God’s presence is meant to be experienced-that it’s more than theoretical? Do you seek with the expectation that you will find? Do you ask for tangible touch with the knowledge that He wants to give it? Look within when you ask, seek, knock. What you expect in your heart will largely determine what you get in your experience.
God gave us a Bible full of examples of real encounters with Him, of hearing His voice and seeing His works, and we have to agree with these standards. The relationship is based on faith, to be sure, but the experience of it is meant to be concrete. Not to believe we can experience Him in real, tangible ways is to disagree with Him. If He promised we would know Him, not just know about Him-and He did-then we can.
Lord, I believe. I expect You to make Yourself more real to me each day. And I wait with eager anticipation for You to do so.

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