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
Key Question… How has continually allowing yourself to hear God’s word increased and strengthened your faith in Him?
Living It Out… Allow yourself to hear God’s word on a daily basis so your faith in Him will grow and be strengthened.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will grow and strengthen your faith as you continue to hear His word.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how your faith has grown as you have listened to God’s word.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you continually hear the word of God so your faith in Him will grow strong.
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