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Abilene, TX
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Hidden these things from the wise

Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. (Luke 10:21)

Why are mysteries so intriguing to us? Real-life unsolved crimes, detective novels, and television series all seem to capture our attention and draw us in. They spark our imagination and make us want to figure out the truth. Then when we solve the puzzle or find the missing link, weíre pretty happy with ourselves. Itís almost as if we have a built-in need to understand, a constant inner quest for truth that keeps driving us to get to the bottom of things.

Likewise, we all have an inner need to find God and to understand the mystery of who he is. Every personís quest for purpose, meaning, and hope is, at its core, the quest to understand God and his plan for us.

How blessed we are, then, that Jesus promises to reveal the mysteries of his kingdom to the ďchildlikeĒ! We donít have to be wise and learned. We donít have to study ancient languages or memorize philosophical treatises. Everything that the kings and prophets of old yearned to know has already been revealed. We just have to receive the revelation with the simplicity and trust of little children!

Here is the surprising, wonderful news: God is eager to show himself to you! He wants you to experience his love and his mercy, his compassion and his passion. He wants to show you the path he has carved out for you, and he wants to give you all the grace and inspiration you need to walk that path with trust and confidence. It was never his intention to hide himself or his ways. In fact, when you made your confession of faith and were baptized, you received the spirit of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. You have all that you need within you!

One of the best ways to receive Godís revelation this season is to repent, confess and dedicate yourself to prayer. By its very nature, sin blocks the light of Godís grace. It casts clouds over our hearts so that we canít see the Lord or hear his voice very clearly. But just one humble confession, coupled with a renewed commitment to prayer, is all that we need to dispel these clouds and let his light begin to shine anew.

ďLord, open my eyes, and show me your kingdom! Cleanse my heart so that I can see your glory.Ē

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

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