Hearing The Still, Small Voice

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There is no condemnation in not hearing God’s voice. Society – and often, even the church – discourage us from acknowledging his still, small voice. And yet, when you stop to think about it, you realize that the Bible has always revealed that conversation with our creator is what God himself intended. One of the most beautiful passages in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:9:

“But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’”

God’s question is shown in its larger setting by including the previous verse with it:

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’”
(Genesis 3:8-9, ESV)

This is God’s plan. To walk with you and talk with you.

Some will tell you, “Yes, but that was before the fall.”

Instead of listening to them, listen to Jesus. Jesus said, “No longer do I call you servants,… but I have called you friends.” (John 15:15, ESV)

Or, if you prefer, listen to the Apostle Paul: “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself.” (II Corinthians 5:18, ESV)

Do we live after the fall? Yes, but also after the reconciliation.

James puts it this way: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

So, why do we have so much trouble hearing God speak? Why does even the church, all too often, discourage us from believing we have heard God? Oh, there are crackpots! Miscreants! Deceivers! There are those who would say, “God told me to do this or that,” and they bring harm to others or their own self-destruction. There are false prophets! And, indeed, we are told by Jesus, James, John, Peter, and Paul that there will be many false prophets – not just a few.

Satan uses this fear against us: “Since we can hear the wrong voice, it’s safer to hear no voice at all.”

No. No, it’s not. To not hear God speak is the most dangerous path of all.

Because God loves you so much, the words that he speaks to you will be words of comfort, encouragement, wisdom, and strength. You will be the better for hearing him. And – this is wonderful – the people you come in contact with will also be the better for it. When you listen to God, and boldly accept his words to you, then you have a powerful and profound and lasting impact on the lives of those around you.

You are in a garden, filled with life, and God is calling out to you.

Don’t be afraid. The Lord is with you.

–Bob Young
9 July, 2017

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A Slow-Learned Lesson

We are all broken. To one degree or another, the best among us are broken. We’re all in need of some sort of healing, or growing. We all need to be restored, to be put back together.

Over the years I’ve learned a few things about brokenness and restoration. Now I’d like to share something with you, something that I’ve only learned through the long, slow, arduous process of repeated breaking and healing.

It is this.

The magnitude of my suffering has never been in proportion to the magnitude of my misfortune. Instead, the magnitude of my suffering has always been proportional to my brokenness.

Hatred, discouragement, bitterness, selfishness, greed, lack of faith, an unwillingness to forgive – these are some of the attributes of brokenness.

These things magnify, ten-fold and a hundred-fold, the effects of misfortune. Misfortune may be an illness, an automobile accident, a house-rending tornado. All of these things are more devastating if you’re broken.

Sometimes our brokenness is a direct contributor to our misfortune. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, and our brokenness leads to crippling debt, a loveless marriage, a painful betrayal, a messy divorce, or cirrhosis of the liver.

In every case – whether we contribute to our misfortune, or whether it’s caused by circumstances we can’t control – in every case, our degree of brokenness affects both our level of pain and our ability to recover.

Enter God.

I’m going to ask you to do something very hard. I hope you’ll try it.

Instead of appealing to God about your suffering, appeal to him about your brokenness. It is here, in the healing of your brokenness, that your suffering will begin to diminish.

You can approach him again, later, about the suffering. You’ll know when it’s time.

Meanwhile, God can do things in you that you cannot do. He wants to. Why not let him?

–Bob Young

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How A Prayer Is Formed

There’s a Starbucks about halfway between the hotel where I’m staying and the Technical Training Center where I’m teaching network security to the IT group from a power company. I stop here every morning for a hot breakfast sandwich and a 16 ounce vanilla latte. Today is the third day.

Every morning, I’ve seen this one unsmiling barista. I don’t know how she stays employed, really. The other baristas are all cheerful. In fact, one of them just started spontaneously whistling along with the in-store music for a moment as I’m writing this.

Yesterday, the unsmiling barista was the one who took my order. She didn’t greet me, she didn’t make eye contact. She just did her job. Going through the motions.

Today, a different barista took my order, and was exhibiting that cheerfulness that one is accustomed to in coffee shops everywhere. I sat down at a table while waiting for my food and coffee to be ready, and watched.

The unsmiling barista, head down, moved about behind the counter. Busy. Dilligent. Efficient. Her appearance, other than her deep sadness, is unremarkable. If she’s single, she’ll have no trouble attracting a lover, but at the same time, she has probably never considered herself beautiful. She is, of course. To someone, she is, or will be, the most beautiful woman in the world. Even then, she may doubt it.

I couldn’t distract myself from her sadness. So, while waiting for my food, sitting there, I prayed for her.

“Father, let me see her smile this week.”

But the prayer was wrong, and the Holy Spirit beckoned me to try again.

“Father, make her truly happy.”

But, no, that wasn’t it. The Holy Spirit urged me to continue.

“Father, heal her pain.”

There. That was the prayer God was waiting for.

And she will be healed. Whether soon or long, I do not know, but God assured me then that she will, indeed, be restored.

Whatever deep sadness she now endures will one day be resolved. The circumstances may not change. History cannot be undone. But she will rise. And when she does, she will have a fulfilling present, and hope for the future will return.

Friend, when you pray for someone, pray until you receive that peace from God that indicates you have prayed his heart.

–Bob Young

A Beginner’s Guide To Hearing God Speak

"The Praying Hands" by Otto Greiner (1869–1916)

“The Praying Hands” by Otto Greiner (1869–1916)

I’ve been teaching it wrong for years. Now I know better, so it’s time to teach it the right way.

Many times, in sermons, Sunday School lessons, and articles, I have made statements similar to this: “Start obeying what God is telling you to do right now, and you’ll hear God’s voice more and more clearly.” It’s true enough. But it’s not the first step. It doesn’t work for beginners. After all, it’s scary to obey when you don’t know the One who is giving you the orders very well. It makes you nervous, and you ask yourself, “Am I really hearing God’s voice, or is this something I’m making up? Or, even worse! – Am I hearing some other voice?”

So while it’s true enough that you’ll hear God more and more as you obey what he’s already told you, there needs to be some clear teaching about how it begins. It’s interesting to me that the same Bible passages I use to teach hearing and obedience are the very passages that teach what comes first!

Consider the story of Gideon in Judges, chapter 6:

Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” And Gideon said to him, “Please, sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
(Judges 6:11-13, ESV)

Do you notice what the very first thing is that the angel of the Lord said to Gideon? It wasn’t, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” No, that comes next, but it’s not first.

The first words Gideon heard were words of encouragement: “The Lord is with you . . .” And the second words Gideon heard revealed a new picture of himself; the angel told Gideon how God saw him . . . “O mighty man of valor.”

I’ve been teaching it wrong. I’ve been leaving something out, and I didn’t even know it.

Before God tells you what he wants from you, he gives you what you need.

Gideon had a discussion with God, and went through a period of reassurance and experience that prepared him for what was to come. And sure enough, he became, through obedience, exactly what God had already seen – a mighty man of valor.

For our next example, let’s move from the Old Testament to the New Testament, and from a man’s story to a woman’s story. Consider, now, young Mary, who was about to become the mother of Jesus.

The angel Gabriel came to Mary and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”
(Luke 1:28-30, ESV)

It’s the same thing here as with Gideon: Before God tells you what he wants from you, he gives you what you need.

Mary needed to know, first, that God was with her. Oh, she knew God was with others, like her pious relatives, Zechariah and Elizabeth. But to personally hear that the Lord was with her? She wanted that to be true. She loved God. But – you know how it is – we need to hear it. We need to hear it from God.

You need God himself to speak his love to you. You need God himself to say that he delights in you, that he’s with you, and that there’s no more reason to be afraid.

And God knows that there is no point in telling you what to do until he has met your deepest and most basic needs. He heals you. He fixes what’s broken in you. He cleans you. He restores you. He strengthens you. He fills you. This is what you will hear first.

And now I’m going to tell you how to hear God’s message of deliverance for you.

For this part, we’ll go back to the Old Testament, to the story of a young boy named Samuel.

And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”
(I Samuel 3:10, ESV)

This wasn’t the first time that God had spoken to Samuel. God always speaks first. God initiates contact. God has already reached out to you. But this was the first time Samuel knew what to do. “Speak, for your servant hears.” This time, alone in a quiet room, free of distractions, Samuel was ready to hear God.

Will you do this? Will you come to the appointment for your healing? The bloodiest hurt in your heart, the deepest scar in your mind, the most terrifying fear in your soul – God is ready, not to tell you what to do – but to give you what you need.

When he speaks to you it may surprise you, and that’s part of how you’ll know it’s real. The hurt, the scar, and the fear often have a different source than what you think. When God speaks to your real need, and fills the real emptiness, you’ll know that it was him, and that he knows you better than anyone.

Find your time to listen to God. Don’t try to predict what he’ll say. Just listen, and let him speak. His still, small voice will lead you to the most powerful force in your life.

–Bob Young


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Ask Bob #85: The Power of Prayer

20151128 The Power of Prayer2Is prayer the same as meditation, or is it something more? Can we change God’s behavior by our prayers? Or do we just change ourselves? Or does nothing change – is prayer a self-delusion? Today we’ll find out, as we explore what really happens in genuine prayer.

Today’s Question: “Can one person’s prayer change the world?”

My Answer: That’s an ambitious question, and I love it, Friend! Some people would be happy just to know that their prayer could heal a friend’s sickness – but you want to change the world.

I’m going to give you a short answer, and then I’ll give you a longer, more detailed answer.

The Short Answer

  1. Prayer can change the person who prays.
  2. One person can change the world.
  3. Therefore, yes! One person’s prayer can change the world.

But I want to give you a little more to think about, so here is…

The Long Answer

The world – well, the whole universe, actually – has a Creator. He is simply called God. He doesn’t need a name like Thor or Zeus or Jupiter to distinguish himself from other gods, because while there are other beings in the spirit realm, there is only one God. The universe wasn’t created by a committee or a team or a cabinet or a board. The universe is a Whole, and it was created by One.

“All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3, ESV)

God chose to make his creation aware of him.

I know that some will take issue with that last sentence. They will say, “Wait, Bob. You mean, ‘God chose to make people aware of him,’ right? You don’t really mean that he chose to make his entire creation aware of him – do you?”

Actually, I think we would be presumptuous to say that only people are aware of God. During the Triumphal Entry, the crowds were praising Jesus, and the Pharisees said, “Teacher, tell your followers to stop worshiping you like that!”  Jesus said, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40, ESV). And in the Psalms, David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1, ESV)

God may hear what you and I do not hear, and so I will leave my statement broad enough to be consistent with all of scripture: God chose to make his creation aware of him. What has no mind cannot be aware. But I’m no mind reader, and I don’t know if God’s creation has a mind or not. There are many scriptures, though, that should give us pause, before we assume more insight than we have.

Now, back to the main topic…

As I was saying, God chose to make his creation aware of him. From the time he talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden until the present day, he has been an interactive God. He is a relational God.

In Genesis 17, Abraham interceded for Ishmael: “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” And God replied, “As for Ishmael, I have heard you.”

In Deuteronomy 9, Moses recounts the story of interceding on behalf of the Israelites, and it was because of his prayer – his interaction – with God, that the Israelites were spared.

Do you see? Prayer matters. God may act one way if you pray. He may act another way if you don’t. He wants you to be aware of him, and he wants to interact with you.

Moses changed the world by his prayers.
Jesus changed the world by his prayers.
The Apostle Paul, by his prayers for the churches and his prayers for the heads of government, also changed the world.

So you asked, “Can one person’s prayer change the world?”

And the answer is “Yes.” The answer is yes because, on the other end of the prayer, there is God – God, who listens. God, who acts.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, ESV)

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26, ESV)

–Bob Young

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Ask Bob #84: Be Careful What You Wish For

20151114 Be Careful What You Wish ForSatan got his wish – and it backfired. I’m going to tell you about a time when Satan wanted something very, very much. And he got what he wanted. At least, he thought he did, until he saw how it turned out. Now, Satan wishes he had never, ever, made that wish. But first, I’d better back up a bit and introduce today’s “Ask Bob” question.

Today’s Question: “Hey, Bob … what do you think about the saying: ‘Watch what you wish for. It might come true.’ So you have to be careful with your wishes (prayers) since the result might not be the one you want?”

My Answer: That’s a great question, Friend. I’m so glad you asked! Your question has one foot in a popular modern world-view, and the other foot in Christian teaching about prayer. The short answer is yes, you can turn your desires into reality, but the reality may include unintended consequences. Now, I’ll give you the long answer, and teach you how to wish or pray wisely so that you can avoid those unintended negative outcomes.

I’ll present this lesson to you by using the following outline:

  • God’s people get their desires through prayer.
  • Other people get their desires through positive thinking.
    1. On a human level
    2. On a spiritual level
  • Satan’s foolish prayer.
  • The importance of “No.”
  • The best way to get what you want.
  1. God’s people get their desires through prayer.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  (Matthew 7:7-8, ESV)

This passage from Matthew’s Gospel isn’t Jesus’ entire teaching on the subject, but still, it is his teaching. To add to it, Jesus also said,

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14, ESV)

Do you see? From the passage above in John’s Gospel we learn a bit more. Whatever we ask as Jesus’ ambassador, as his representative, standing in his place, and ask in his name – this is the “whatever” that Jesus will do. We are to have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16); we are to walk in his footsteps (I Peter 2:21).

As our mind and heart become more and more in touch with the mind and heart of Jesus, our desires are formed into desires to which God can say, “Yes.”

  1. Other people get their desires through positive thinking.

Positive thinking really does work. On a human level, positive thinking works through processes that are well understood. We visualize what we want, and it becomes a goal. We articulate it, and write it down, so that the goal becomes clearly defined and measurable. Then, consciously or sub-consciously, we create a plan. We act on the plan. We begin taking steps. We start doing certain things, and perhaps we stop doing other things. And so we move closer to our goal, the object of our desire, the outcome we long for. We shape our future by wishing for it, and when we learn how to wish well, we can realize many of our wishes in tangible ways.

But I’m not here to talk to you about the human level; I’m here to talk to you on the spiritual level. I’m here to teach you deep things, the deep things of God. And so I must warn you about a real, spiritual danger. The Bible is written by people who have prior experience with the spiritual realm, and we are wise to learn from what they have written about their experiences. And here is what the Bible says…

Friend, God is not alone in the spiritual realm. There are dark and sinister forces in the spirit world, and they’re entirely willing to use you for their own ends. They don’t care if you suffer. In fact, your suffering is one of the means they use in their efforts to achieve their ends. Their goal is to overthrow their Creator, and to that end, they would destroy your faith in him, and leave God without followers, without friends.

This is where your wishes come in. There are spiritual forces, not aligned with God, who are perfectly willing to use whatever power they have to grant your wishes. They offer you a path to your desires that doesn’t involve God, and in this way they would convince you that God isn’t real, or at least that he isn’t necessary. But, the unintended consequences – oh, how painful! How damaging!

Here’s an example. Consider a young lady who wants to be accepted, to be valued, to be acknowledged, to be loved. For whatever reason, she doesn’t have this sense of worth, but she wishes for it. As she becomes a young woman, she can’t help but discover that she can win some sort of attention and approval through – ahem – dispensing her feminine charms. Spiritual forces lead her down a path of temptation, and her wishes are granted. She receives attention, perhaps gifts. In some cases, it becomes a way of life, a way to survive. Her food and shelter depend on finding a man that she may not love, but who will give her a house to live in and a false sense of “family.”

In any case, she finds that she must constantly silence the voice of Reason. “I am valued,” she tells herself. The voice of Reason argues with her and says, “You’re being used.” This is too painful, too tragic, to be considered, and so she distracts herself from thinking about it. And she sinks, deeper and deeper, into a despair that cannot be overcome until that day when she is willing to face reality and seek a better path.

How many other examples can you think of? There are many:
– a good job that becomes all-consuming and destroys a marriage,
– a good beer buzz that becomes an addiction,
– a problem solved with anger until anger becomes an habitual problem-solving mechanism,
– and so many more.

Do you think that these problems are purely human, with no spiritual dimension? Then you ignore the teachings and experience of pretty much every culture since the beginning of the human race. Do an Internet search for meth and demons, or meth and shadow men. There is evil in this universe, and it isn’t man’s invention. Some have seen it. All have experienced it.

And these spiritual enemies will grant your wishes. But not because they love you.

  1. Satan’s foolish prayer.

Do you know the story in the Book of Job? It’s in the Bible. God and Satan had a conversation, and God said, “Satan, consider how faithful my servant Job is.” Satan replied with some skepticism, “Sure, God, Job loves you because you’ve taken such good care of him. But let me take away his health, his wealth, and his family, and he won’t love you anymore.” Satan made a wish to God: “Let me torment Job!” God granted Satan’s wish. God said yes. And Satan experienced the saying you quoted in your question: “Watch what you wish for; it might come true.” Let me explain…

Satan was foiled by not understanding this principle. He asked God for permission to torment Job, and God gave Satan what he asked for. In the short term, Satan got what he thought he wanted, and Job suffered for it. Even though Satan got what he wanted, things didn’t turn out the way he planned. Oh, how upset Satan was when faithful Job proved him wrong. But – far worse! – his request has caused Satan anguish through all the following millennia. Countless believers have been able to endure trials, hardships, suffering, and persecution because the story of Job is their comfort and hope! Satan got what he wished for – but the results were not what he anticipated. Satan tortured Job – and Job became a source of strength for thousands (millions?) of believers who trusted God in their greatest trials. Yes, Satan got his wish – and it backfired.

  1. The importance of “No.”

Now we’re ready to understand why God says “no” to some of our wishes or prayers. God understands the unintended consequences. God knows what “yes” really means. Sometimes “no” is the better answer, and if we are wise, we accept God’s “no” as readily as we accept his “yes.”

Jesus demonstrated this in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before his crucifixion.

“…he [Jesus] fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’” (Matthew 26:39, ESV)

Jesus made his prayer, his wish, to God: “If it’s possible, I don’t want to be crucified!” But Jesus was open to both God’s “yes” and God’s “no.” And we know how his prayer was answered. God said “No, my Son, I will not spare you from the cross.” We have here the story of the greatest “no” ever spoken. God’s “no” to Jesus is our salvation. And Jesus, because he was open to both God’s “yes” and God’s “no,” is our worthy Savior.

  1. The best way to get what you want.

It’s time to bring the answer to your question to a conclusion. The answer is, yes, you do have to be careful with your wishes/prayers. There are evil spiritual forces at work who will say “yes” to your wishes, without regard for your well-being. Sure, you may get wealthy. Sure, you may have that “perfect job.” But you will never be satisfied in this way, even though you get your wish. There will always be unintended consequences.

So, how can you get what you want?

First: follow Jesus.
Let your mind and heart become more and more in touch with the mind and heart of Jesus. This will cause you to wish for/pray for the right things, things that God has promised to say “yes” to.

Second: accept yes and no.
Like Jesus in the Garden, be open to both God’s “yes” and God’s “no.” In the story of Satan and Job, we saw that Satan wasn’t open to God’s “no.” Satan only wanted God’s “yes.” God gave Satan what he wished for; God gave Satan a “yes.” Even God will give you a “yes” to teach you a lesson. It is far, far better to be open to both God’s “yes” and God’s “no.”

Third: don’t rebel.
Rely on God’s protection. When you trust God, and God says “no,” evil spiritual forces must obey. Satan cannot say “yes” when God has said “no.” But if you rebel against God, be warned: Satan will say “yes,” and you’ll receive your wish with all its unintended consequences. I repeat – rely on God’s protection.

My prayer for you. Father, let this Reader understand the heart of your Son, Jesus. Give the Reader wisdom and insight, and a longing to walk in the light and footsteps of Jesus. Let this Reader’s desires be Jesus’ desires, and let the Reader find fulfillment in your yes and your no. Amen.

–Bob Young


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Ask Bob # 83: “How do I become more intimate with God?”

This question was submitted anonymously: “Thanks for the reminder, Bob – well done! I’ll take you up on your comment that (up until that point) no one had asked ‘how do I become more intimate with God?’ Let me put that in the Ask Bob jar.”

(My reply)

First, here’s a little background: in a previous Ask Bob article, I wrote, “I wish someone would ask me, ‘Bob, how do I become more intimate with God?’ But, sadly, up to this point, no one as asked.” Of course, I was obviously hinting – and a good friend kindly obliged. Now, to give an answer…

First, let me state the obvious: you can only become more intimate with someone who wants to become more intimate with you. Intimacy can’t be forced on someone. So, the question that must precede our current inquiry is, “Does God want to become more intimate with you?”

Happily, the answer is yes. It is always yes!

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

Jesus said,  “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)

Jesus told a parable about a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them had become separated from the flock. Ninety-nine sheep were not enough. The shepherd wanted the one sheep that was out of his sight.

So, here we are: the beginning of intimacy is believing, knowing, that God desires to be close to you. He already desires it. Do you understand? This truth is very important.

You see, people often think that intimacy with God is established by doing something that we think will please God. We think, “Intimacy starts with praying more often. Intimacy starts with reading my Bible.” My friend, no! You can’t please God into intimacy. He already desires you.

That leads us to a conclusion so obvious that we want to do a facepalm when we finally grasp it.

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To become more intimate with God, enter his embrace. Yield to him.

God isn’t the obstacle to our intimacy with him. We are.

Begin saying “yes” to God. It’s both scary and exhilarating.

Once you take this step – when your life becomes “yes” to God’s outstretched arms – there is, of course, more. Yes can simply be rote obedience. Yes can become mechanical rules instead of a warm embrace.

How do we move “yes” from obedience to embrace?

Honesty. Transparency. That’s how.

Tell God everything, every moment. Tell him how you really feel. Tell him what you really want. Tell him if you’re scared, or angry, or hurt, or alone. Tell him if you’re ecstatic, or feeling on top of the world, or proud, or brave.

Tell God about you. Tell him everything. Reveal yourself. Let God know how you see yourself. And then… then… God will tell you how he sees you.

And God speaks truth.

You don’t need to fear how he sees you. Remember, he loves you.

Friend, when you begin to see yourself as God sees you; when you begin to see yourself through God’s eyes – that is intimate.

The next part I can’t explain. There are no words for this. I can only hint at it; you must see for yourself.

While you’re revealing yourself to God, God is revealing himself to you. Intimacy is, after all, a two-way street. While you’re telling God how you feel, and what your dreams are, God will be telling you how he feels, and what his dreams are.

And when you see God as he really is – that is intimate.

–Bob Young

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