In the last blog we left off with the question “How do we take heed how we hear?” The answer is actually pretty simple. We hear by the Word of God! Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
We listen to lots of things in this world. We learn facts about the human body, disease, nature, weather, politics, technology, psychology, behavior, relationships, marriage, parenting, history, mathematics, sociology, business, finances, and on and on it goes. Some of it is interesting information, lots of it is boring, but all of it gets cataloged, taking up room in our brains.
We generally listen to all these facts without being careful how we hear them! And if we are not careful how we hear, we won’t hear God speak louder and more clearly about and into every one of these topics and situations in life. If we don’t hear God, then we will live in these facts and are led by them, without experiencing real life in the truth!
The problem is we neglect or forget to hear by the word of God. And if we aren’t hearing by the word of God, faith doesn’t come. And if faith doesn’t come, well…we are very confused, doubting people. Though most Christians actually do “try hard” to let faith rule their lives, they are easily frustrated without realizing or knowing how easy it is to let faith come to them. And it all has to do with our willingness to hear and then be careful HOW we hear.
True hearing only comes by the word of God! We must read, study, let pastors and teachers explain the Word to us, and memorize the Bible. Reading it out loud is also a great exercise to strengthen our faith as we literally hear it. Without the Word of God our hearing is limited to the natural sphere of life, where we hear physically but not spiritually.
We hear God loud and clear when we are careful to hear by the Word because it brings faith, and when faith comes, our daily walk escalates to a whole new level! 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith not by sight.” I love that God tells us how we walk. He isn’t telling us how we “should” walk but “how” we walk! Brothers and Sisters in Christ! We walk by faith! So then, when we find ourselves walking by sight, when we are shaken by things in life that threaten our faith walk, we remember “Wait! I walk by faith not by sight! What I see is not as real as what I believe!” Then we walk on in faith!
This reality of walking by faith not by sight happens naturally when we are careful to hear Him by His Word! When we know hearing comes by the Word, we hear God speak above the din of circumstances in life. Then faith comes flooding in, and we walk!
Sometimes it feels like what we see has the upper hand and our faith wanes! No problem for God, thus no problem for us! Just realize and admit we got our signals crossed and are experiencing technical difficulties, then get right back to taking heed how we hear! Get back into the Word of God so we CAN hear, so that faith comes, so that our signals get uncrossed and so that we can walk by faith unhindered by what we see once again.
It is very simple! When we’re not in the Word, we don’t hear! When we don’t hear, faith doesn’t come! When faith doesn’t come; perceptions, opinions, facts, thoughts, and intentions DO come! When those things come, we make things up as we go! When we make things up as we go doubt is our constant companion because we hear nothing we can count on! Doubt causes us to question our faith!
Romans 14:23 “But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.”
At this point we are right back where we started! If we question our faith, we aren’t hearing! We aren’t hearing because we are not in the Word, the one and only thing giving us the ability to hear! Chances are we are not in the Word because we are too busy hearing everything else in life!
So…how do we take heed how we hear? Keep it real folks! And by real I mean keep the faith! And by keep the faith I mean remember how it comes! It comes by hearing! And hearing? It comes by the Word of God!
Can you hear Jesus speaking to you today? Be careful to look in His Word and you can hear Him! Then there is no end to the possibilities!
Matthew 21:21 “So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to this fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, it will be done.”
If we have doubt we don’t have faith. If we don’t have faith we doubt! BUT, if we have faith AND do not doubt, well… then… all things are possible!
Are you struggling in life today? Not a problem! Just check your hearing! Don’t waste your time trying to figure out why you struggle or why bad things always happen to you! Don’t waste your time trying to stay in faith when the world has ripped you apart!
Instead, spend your time in the Word of God! Spend your time hearing Him speak through His Word! Spend your time exercising your faith as it comes to you by hearing it by the Word of God!
When you find yourself walking by sight and not by faith, stop! You were just diagnosed with hearing loss. Grab your Bible and get healed! Hearing COMES by the Word of God! Faith COMES by hearing! How are you hearing today?