Sunday, June 28, 2009

FAITH COMES BY HEARING THE WORD OF GOD


Believers sometimes ask for more faith and stronger faith. We must pray to God as faith is His gift to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. We must, however, realize that God does not give faith mystically, magically, or without means. The means of faith in its growth and continuance is the Word of God – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

To expect growth of faith, stronger faith, or continuance in faith without diligently making use of the Word of God in our lives is to presume upon God’s mercy and grace. Faith will only increase and grow as we hear God’s Word in the preaching of the Gospel and study God’s Word in the Bible. Let us also understand that the Word of God always leads us to more assurance of our salvation in and by the Lord Jesus Christ who is our life and our salvation.

It is all connected according to God’s divine wisdom and power – Faith comes by the Word of God, and the Word of God leads us more and more to rest in, follow, and love the Lord Jesus Christ, and to trust His obedience unto death for our righteousness, salvation, and eternal life. Don’t expect one without the other.

By Bill Parker

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