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FAITH COMES BY HEARING
Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
There is listening and there is hearing, while listening has a more common connotation, hearing implies a more personal tone, and since the catalyst is the Word of God, what that means is that the more personal that we make the Word of God, the greater our faith.
Hebrews 4:2 “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith (taken personally) in
those who heard it.”
The letter to the Hebrews makes it very clear that those who struggle with the promises of God, do so, because of their failure to enter into the rest that the Word of God brings to those who accept it as the final authority in regards to any issue that they are dealing with.
Hebrews 4:3 “For we who have believe do enter that rest…”
So that true faith arises out of a decision made by a believer who reads the Word, hears what it says with the heart, and then settles the matter within his/her heart regardless of what the circumstances dictate.
If God says that I am healed, and He does, I am! For the Scripture declares this: by whose stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24); but you may ask, what if I am still sick after I believed, for how can I reconcile the reality of His promises with the actuality of my situation?
Romans 10:13 “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you’ve called on the name of the Lord you are saved! Does that mean that you are perfect and heavenly material already? Of course not, salvation is automatic, for God considers us saved from the moment that we believe in His Gospel, but our transformation is a process.
The same principle applies to our deliverance, to our healing, and to our restoration, for they are all part of our salvation.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Since faith comes by hearing, that is, taking to heart what He has promised us, and since what He has promised us is a process, then we better understand the process so that we can make our faith more real than the so called reality that we are actually facing.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
So that the process of faith involves us having to endure trials and temptations until we are approved and receive the crown, that is, until we pass the test for which the temptation came in the first place.
What is God’s goal for us while we are having to endure the process of trials and temptations?
Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Since friendship with the world is enmity with God, and since we are now in God, the worldly mindset that we have inherited has to be worked out of us in order for us to receive the promises of God.
James 4:4 “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
The mindset of the world is one of total dependency in the things that are in this world, while the word of faith requires us to be dependent of one thing and only one thing, the Word of God.
Romans 8:7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”
The process of hearing involves a change of mind, a turning around, which by the way it is what the word repent means, to turn around and to enter into a new mindset. So that from the moment that we’ve repented of our sins before God, the process began.
Let us look at the question that we asked earlier with this new perspective in mind.
What if I am still sick after I believed, for how can I reconcile the reality of His promises with the actuality of my situation?
Did what you believed make you less dependent on the remedy that the world offers for your sickness and more dependent in the Word of God?
There is a great deal of controversy now between what the church teaches and what modern medicine prescribes, for if you tell people to be less dependent on the drugs modern medicine prescribes and more trusting in faith, you can be sued and found liable in a court of law.
For there will always be enmity between the world and the Word.
But what I am dealing with here are the principles of faith, I have no problem with the medicine that God has created, for man has known of the benefits that medicine provides for ages.
The more pertinent question then, is this:
Does true medicine come from the world or from God? Is God not the Creator? Yes He is! Then all good medicine comes from Him and not from the world, and definitely not from man.
Does God use the world to bring forth medicine that heals? Yes He does, He uses people as well to heal other people, but the healing does not come from the medicine or from the people He uses, the healings come from Him and Him alone, from the One who created all things.
And that is the transformation that renews the mind, and until we learn that we do not pass the test.
For the world has the habit of blaming God for all the bad that it causes, and is always eager to take credit for all the healings that God brings about into the world.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith makes that which exists in the invisible realm of the promises that we find in the Word of God, come alive in material form, faith in the God who created everything gives substance to that which we hope for.
When Jesus told us that in this world we would have tribulations, He was warning us that our faith will always be tested by this world system.
1 John 5:4 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
But with every testing we have the opportunity to gain the victory, to wear the victor’s crown, which is the faith that transcends the weariness of this world system that is corrupt and without hope.
Everyday we are given the opportunity to choose what to believe.
The world will always challenge the works of the Creator, will always bring into question the necessity of faith, will always deride the workings of faith, will always condemn divergence, and the reason why the world is always wrong is because it cannot comprehend the miracle of the invisible power that not only created it but that also sustains it.
John 1:5 “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
But if you are born again, born of the Spirit of the Living God, the One who created everything, you are qualified to not only comprehend this mystery of faith but to thrive in it, if you do not fail the test.
Colossians 1:12 “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”
Do not let the world steal your inheritance; dare to believe the Word of God, no matter what the cost; learn the lesson of faith, pass the test and receive the crown of life.