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ďSo then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Ē (Romans 10:17; KJV)
Recently, I was alarmed when a particular pop song which I had watched a few times on MTV kept repeating in my mind. With due credit to the artistes involved, it was a catchy song with a pleasantly choreographed dance moves to boot. But, I did not expect that it would creep up on me so effortlessly. It sure wasnít what I want to occupy my mind with.
Then, I thought why not listen to Godís word on the internet and get the same result. Thus, I re-visited Kenneth Copeland Ministries and watched their media ministry as well as that of Jerry Savelle Ministries International.
Once day while watching Jerry Savelle Ministriesí online broadcast and hearing for the umpteenth time Pastors Jerry and his daughter, Terri, expound on Romans 10:17, that it dawned on me that if hearing Godís word produces faith, why donít I listen to His word everyday and not restrict it to cell group and service days only. Maybe I am a bit slow to catch on with media technology, but better late than never.
Since then I have been listening to Godís word every day and my faith shield has grown stronger to quench the fiery darts of the adversary. And, I am quietly confident that the word of God which produces faith in me will put me in good stead for more of Godís blessing upon my life.
For sure we can read the word of God during our personal time or even in public that we may gain and/or disperse knowledge and understanding; study the word of God and be as ďa worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truthĒ (2 Timothy 2:15; NKJV); meditate in Godís word day and night ďthat you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.Ē (Joshua 1:8; NKJV); or memorize Godís word for man shall not live by bread alone and use it as a sword of the Spirit just as Jesus did.
Hearing Godís word is a vital faith-building aspect of sowing His incorruptible seeds into the good ground of our heart (spirit). It will, I believe, together with the other disciplines of accessing Godís word help us to believe more and more the voice of God as opposed to the lies of the devil. Yes, we can listen to Godís word everyday.
By the way, I am now also hearing Godís word through Creflo Dollar Ministriesí online broadcast and will likely be venturing onto Joel Osteen Ministries next. Glory be to God!
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