Friday, January 3
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Many people are convinced that they can receive faith by reading their Bible every day and memorizing Scripture. While this is true in part, there is often overlooked side to it that is vital. Notice that today’s scripture text reads ‘Faith comes from hearing.’ It doesn’t say faith comes from seeing, or reading or memorizing. While reading the written Word and keeping it in front of you is crucial, if you’re not hearing what the Holy Spirit is trying to reveal to you through it, it will not have the power to change you. Think about a verse that you’ve known for an extended period of time. Just when you thought you knew what the verse was trying to say to you…boom! It suddenly comes to life and you see a whole new meaning come from those words that you had become so familiar with. What just happened? Why is it suddenly so full of new meaning? What you experienced was called revelation. It happens when you seek not just the words written on a page but you also seek the One who authored those words. The written Word is vital, it shows you God’s general will and Salvation’s plan for mankind. But, without the revelation that the Holy Spirit wants speak to you, the Bible will be no more than a 5000 page history book full of rules. This is why so many people get caught in lifeless, religious obligations and traditions. They act on what they see but fail hear what the Holy Spirit is trying reveal to them through it. If you’re not receiving life as you spend time in the Word, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you about what you’re reading and watch life begin to pour off of the page and into your spirit. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff