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Staying in the Flow
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17 - KJV)
I love the above referenced verse because it is the key to having great faith. Many people will pray for faith, but we have no scripture that tells us faith comes through praying. Some will fast in order to have more faith, but we don't have any scriptures that tell us that faith comes by fasting. In fact, if you are doing anything other than "hearing the Word" you are not doing something that brings faith.
Don't misunderstand me. I am NOT saying that there are no benefits to prayer or fasting. What I am saying is that their purpose is something other than to cause faith to come. What I want to look at in this article is the flow of faith. However, in order to do so we must understand something about faith.
Faith is a tool given to us by God that receives what God has promised us, but it is also the tool that God gave us to create what we need. Therefore, let's analyze this and bring in another scripture in order to establish what I am referring to by the title of this article.
Faith cometh by hearing! There are many Christians who have their 20 year pen stating that they have not missed a service in 20 years, yet they still struggle in faith. Therefore, the "hearing" aspect of this verse must go beyond words hitting our ear drums. We can look at other scriptures and see things like "he that has ears to hear let him hear." Let me give an example to illustrate what I mean.
Probably every person reading this newsletter knows that you will live a healthier life if you exercise. Yet, there are probably many of us who do not exercise. We have heard, we have the information, but for what ever reason we don't receive the words of health in a manner that would cause us to operate according to what we have heard. The same is true of faith. Just because you have heard, know, or even memorized a scripture does not mean that you have received it as truth and now live your life accordingly.
Jesus said in John 6:63 that His Words are spirit and they are life. The Bible we hold in our hands are words that have been given to us from the throne of God. Jesus is the manifestation of that Word in the flesh (John 1:14). Therefore, the Word that comes to us has the power to bring faith (a spiritual tool) to our lives so that we can operate spiritually. Now let's consider a different scripture.
"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." (Mark 11:23 - KJV)
In the above scripture we see another direction of words. In this verse we are told that we have been given the power to speak and what we speak will come to pass. However, what we must notice is some key words in this verse. The key words are, "...shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith..."
Let me explain this flow. There is the Word of God that comes from heaven that we must hear and receive in our hearts as truth. The result of this is that faith will come into our hearts. With the Word of God and faith we then have the ability to speak the Word of God and if we keep our heart, mind, and words in line with the Word that came to us from heaven then we can literally shape our lives by those Words.
God has given us Words regarding salvation, our health, our wealth, our freedom, our families, our protection, and a whole lot of other things. The big question we must ask ourselves is, "have we received the Word and are we speaking the Word?"