So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
As we mentioned in part one of this three part series, when you hear the Word of God, it stirs up faith on the inside of you; yet to hear the Word once isn't enough you must keep on hearing it! In this particular portion of scripture originally the comma wasn't there - it was added by the translators - so this verse could just as easily and accuratley read "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the Word of God." In other words faith comes by repeatedly hearing the Word of God.
You can hear the Word once and forget it but if you immerse yourself in that Word then you will begin to see the difference because the Word works powerfully in those who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13.) This is exactly what happens as you keep on hearing the Truth - you begin to believe.
Peter in his epistle mentioned that he was going to die soon and that the reason he was writing this letter was so that his hearers might always keep the Truth in remembrance.
In Proverbs chapter 4 we read,
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. Proverbs 4:27
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. Proverbs 4:21
Oftentimes we have to keep God's Word in front of us so that the only thing we see is His Word instead of our problems; when we do this, the cares of this life can't distract us and take our minds off the promises of provision, deliverance and protection that we have in Christ Jesus.
Lots of times we can get distracted as Peter did who, when he began to walk to Jesus on the water, was distracted by the storm around him; when Peter focused on the storm he soon became afraid and then began to sink (Matthew 14.)
This same Peter tells us what happens when we forget. He writes,
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 2 Peter 1:8-9
If you are lacking in any area of your life then you have one of two problems - either you don't know the Truth of the matter or you knew it and forgot.
Peter is talking about one that is lacking in his or her life and says that the reason they are lacking (in this case in spiritual fruit) is because they have forgotten that they were purged from their old sins.
In Part Three we will look at what happens when one forgets their position in Christ; until then dear believer remember not to forget the promises of blessing and provision that God has given to you in His Son. Keep His Word before your eyes, meditate on it, let it fill your thinking and then when doubts come knocking on your door, faith will be there to answer.
Paul has served as an associate pastor as well as a number of other positions in his local fellowship. He currently is web administrator for Gracespirations Daily Devotion an outreach of Teleo Ministries.
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