So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
I will be very careful about that. You will be very careful about what? I will be careful about what I am hearing. I will be very careful about what I allow myself to hear. I will be very intentional about what I chose to hear. Why is that? What I allow myself to hear will impact my thoughts, opinions and values. What my ears hear, and my mind thinks is not neutral information. What I hear will mold and shape me. What I hear will likely guide the entire course of my life. How so? If I allow my mind to be bombarded by the thoughts, opinions and values of the world, I will most certainly become worldly in my thinking. Then my words and actions will follow suit. I will speak and act worldly. So, you are going to evaluate and limit how much the world speaks into your life? That’s it exactly. I will not allow the world and all that is in it to form the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth or actions of my life. Are there a particularly worldly thoughts you want to be on guard against? Yes, there are. Tell me about them. The world would have me think that I am all I need. I am my own boss. I am my own authority. I can live my life my own way. I certainly shouldn’t want or need the help of anyone else, including you. The world would have me place all my faith in my own efforts. I have all I need. I am all I need. I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. What do you think of these thoughts? These thoughts are far away from your thoughts. Living a life based on these thoughts is a life without faith that leads away from you. I have no desire to live this kind a faithless self-centered life. That’s good.
What will you allow yourself to hear? I will allow myself to hear you word. I will make it my daily pattern and practice to hear your word. Why is that? There is not a day that I don’t need to hear from you. There is not a day that I don’t need to be lifted and encouraged by your word. There is not a day that I don’t need your word to increase and strengthen my faith in you. I know that faith comes by hearing your word. So, I will make hearing your word the absolute priority in my life. I want you to guard and guide me by your word. I want you to mold and shape me by your word. As I come to listen to you, I want to know your thoughts and walk in your ways. I want to live the life you are calling me to live. Then you will keep on hearing my word. Yes, I will. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will be very careful about what I allow myself to hear. I know that what I hear can either increase or decrease my faith in you. I will make it my daily pattern and practice to hear your word. I will listen attentively to you, rather than the world. Grow my faith. Amen
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