Seeing,
Hearing,
and using one's
[shuheart.jpg] Heart
Three steps toward
"Finding God"

And the disciples came, and said
      unto him, Why speakest thou
unto them in parables?"
Matthew 13:10

During the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Bible
says He often taught those around Him "many
things by parables,"
Mark 4:2.
   The opening verse reflects one such occasion
in which the disciples were compelled to ask
"Why all the parables?"

The parables of Christ were stories, allegories
picturing spiritual truths, but perhaps, the
disciples felt these truths could just as well be
explained "in plain English."

So in response to His disciples' question, Jesus
Christ "Answered and said unto them, Because
it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the
kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and
he shall have more abundance: but whosoever
hath not, from him shall be taken away even
that he hath..."
Mat. 13:11-12

You may be scratching your head wondering
what He meant.   But continuing further along the
passage will clarify it:
   "...Therefore speak I to them in parables:
because they seeing see not; and hearing they
hear not, neither do they understand....For
this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears
are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have
closed; lest at any time they should SEE WITH
THEIR EYES and HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, and
should UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART, and
should be converted, and I should heal them."

Mat. 13:13-15

The point Jesus was making is this: Those who

don't want to understand His parables never will.
In the same sense, those who don't want to
understand the things of God, or God Himself,
never will, because:

Whether or not a person
finds God, has a lot to do with whether
they WANT to find God.

So, in a way, the parables served as a filter, a
sieve, screening out those who truly wanted to
learn more about God.   If anybody really wanted
to learn what God had to say, all they had to do
was pursue Christ and simply ask Him to explain
the parable.
   His disciples did just that: "All these things
spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and
without a parable spake he not unto them...
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went
into the house: and his disciples came unto him,
saying, DECLARE UNTO US THE PARABLE of
the tares of the field."
  Mat. 13:34-36

God is approachable.   He is always willing to
reveal Himself to anyone who is genuinely
interested.   In another place the Bible says: "If
any of you lack wisdom, LET HIM ASK OF GOD,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth
not; and it shall be given him."
  James 1:5

Now, the willingness and desire to find and
know God involves the three "human faculties"
mentioned by Christ in His response to His
disciples.   He said that a person should, "...see
with their eyes and hear with their ears, and
should understand with their heart..."
  And
there is a profound reason why He mentions:

Seeing, Hearing, and
using one's Heart . . .

"...behold with
thine eyes, and hear
with thine ears,
and set thine heart
upon all that I shall
shew thee..."

Ezekiel 40:4

DURING THE LORD'S earthly ministry,
      anyone willing to see, could have easily
      noted the miraculous healings taking
place around them.

Anyone willing to hear, had ample opportunity
to listen to what Jesus had to say.   Anyone
tender-hearted enough to
admit their guilt before God,
could have come to
understand their desperate
need of the Saviour.
   These three "human
faculties"
play a vital role in
the steps someone takes
toward finding and knowing
God, steps that are just as
necessary today as they were
during the time of Christ.

Step One
Seeing His handiwork . . .
The first step toward finding and knowing God
involves seeing creation as God's handiwork,
thus acknowledging His existence.   Creation is
God's general revelation.   The Bible says: "The
heavens declare the glory of God; and the
firmament sheweth his handiwork."
  Psalm 19:1

Many will try to hide behind science, claiming
there is no need to invoke a Creator.   But the
Bible warns, "For the invisible things of him from
the creation of the world are CLEARLY SEEN,
being understood by the things that are made,
even his eternal power and Godhead; so that
THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE."
  Rom. 1:20
   How often does one hear the cry: "Prove to
me that God exists,"
and yet the proof is readily
all around us?   God proves His existence daily,

with every sunrise, every sunset, and everything
else creation reveals throughout the day.   The
path to knowing God begins with seeing the
evidence of His existence.   One merely has to
acknowledge creation for what it proves.   All a
person has to do is "see."
   Jesus asked those around Him, "Having eyes,
       see ye not?"
Mark 8:18

       Step Two
       Hearing His Words . . .
       While creation reveals the
       Creator, the Bible tells us
       what He is like.   The Bible is
       God's specific revelation to
       man.   Once the eyes have
       acknowledged that God
       exists, the ears should take
the next step, and listen to what He has to say.
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime
were WRITTEN FOR OUR LEARNING, that we
through patience and comfort of THE
SCRIPTURES might have hope."
  Rom. 15:4

In fact, "hearing" is so important, that you can't
even have faith unless you first hear what the
Bible has to say.   One must hear the promises of
God, before faith can act upon them.   For "How
then shall they call on him in whom they have
not believed? and how shall they believe in him
of whom they have not heard? ....So then
FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and hearing by
the word of God."
  Rom. 10:14,17

Sadly, some, having first set their sights upon
God's creation, will stop there, and cover their
ears to what the Bible has to say.   They might
acknowledge God's existence, but they won't
listen to what He has to say.   My friend, God is
not mute.   He doesn't reveal Himself through

"And the eyes of
them that see shall
not be dim, and the ears
of them that hear shall
hearken.   The heart also of
the rash shall understand
knowledge..."

Isaiah 32:3-4

creation only to then stay silent.   God wants to
be known, which requires that He be heard.
That is why He has given us Creation AND the
Bible--God's Word.   Jesus warned, "If any man
have ears to hear, let him hear."
  Mark 4:23

Step Three
Understanding
      with the heart . . .

God's Holy Spirit convicts the
heart of those having taken
the first two steps.   The Holy
Spirit quietly reaffirms the
evidence of God's existence,
as seen through the eyes, and
reinforces the Words of God
heard by the ears.

Some, having seen and heard, refuse to take the
final step and submit to the Holy Spirit's heart-
felt calling.   But, the Bible warns: "To day if ye
will hear his voice, HARDEN NOT YOUR
HEARTS"
(Heb. 4:7).   Time does not allow a
complete study of the Holy Spirit and His many
offices.   But of all His duties, perhaps the most
important one was stated by Jesus Christ, when
He said: "And when he is come, HE WILL
REPROVE THE WORLD OF SIN..."
John 16:8

It is the Holy Spirit of God who exposes our
sinful state and convicts us of our sin.   In Acts
chapter two, after the Apostle Peter preached
what God had to say to several thousand, the
Bible says: "Now when they heard this, they
were pricked IN THEIR HEART, and said unto
Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and
brethren, what shall we do?   Then Peter said
unto them, Repent..."
(Acts 2:37-38).
Repentance from our sinful ways is a necessary

part of finding and knowing God.   It is our sin
that separates us from God, our Creator.

Acknowledging and confessing the fact that we
are lost, guilty sinners before God is necessary
for one's salvation.   God wants us to see, hear,
    and with a heart-felt
    understanding, realize that we
    need to be saved: "For this is
    good and acceptable in the
    sight of God our Saviour;
    Who will have all men to be
    saved, and to COME UNTO
    THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE
    TRUTH."
  1 Tim. 2:3-4

    God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is
    the ONLY ONE who can save
us.   He is the only One who has paid the price
for our sin.   It was Jesus Christ who, "Loved us,
and washed us from our sins IN HIS OWN
BLOOD"
(Rev. 1:5). Therefore, "...if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
shalt believe IN THINE HEART that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Rom. 10:9

My friend, what about you?
Do you see the evidence of your Creator's
existence?   Do you hear the words of both
warning and hope found in His Word?   Have you
ever come to a point in your life where the Holy
Spirit has convicted you of your sin, and if you
have, what was your heart-felt answer?
  Please
don't let the following be said of you:
   "For the heart of this people is waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes
have they closed; lest they should see with their
eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand
with their heart, and should BE CONVERTED,
and I should heal them."
  Acts 28:27

IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven?
  The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).

BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God,"
Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23.

SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast."
  (Eph. 2:8-9)   Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because, "Not by works of
righteousness
which we have done, but
according to his mercy he
[Christ] saved
us
,"
Titus 3:5.

THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ.   He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me."
  (John 14:6)   THAT'S
WHY
: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us
."
  Romans 5:8-9

THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind
); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself.   And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you.   "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus
[REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart
[TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved."
  Romans 10:9

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