Romans 10:17 (NIV) - Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Morning fellow believers of Christ.
This is a powerful verse. It helps us to understand, Faith is not something we conjure up by our means. It says here Faith comes...
Meaning to say it is effortless and comes naturally when you hear the spoken words about Christ. This translation is quite accurate. It used to be that, we understand in other/older translation, Faith comes from hearing the word of God, it is not wrong but the right context is about Christ. Why?
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Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV) - In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
What this verse means is that, in the past God chose many to represent Him before people, there have been many prophets. People back see God through the words proclaimed by the prophets. However God left a very important key importance in this verse. Of ALL the representation, Jesus is the Last and Final representation and God wants us to know He is the EXACT representation. How Jesus is, is how God the Father is. So you may ask me,what has this got to do with Faith comes...?
Answer is everything. If Jesus is the Exact representation then it is to your interest to study how God is, in Jesus because it will help your faith.
I bring you one example. In the gospel, everyone who come to Jesus for healing, not one was turned away and all got healed. Study the Bible, Not one was decline, ALL WAS HEALED. So what this means is that you don't have to struggle trying to believe whether it's God's will to be healed or not. Know in your heart what is Jesus will for healing, have the confidence, It is an assured definite! If you're not sure, study all the incident of Healing by Jesus. Look at this verse below.
Matthew 8:2 (NIV) - A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.
There are some who do not doubt if God has the power, just like this leper. He did not doubt God has the power, he only doubt if God was willing to heal him of leprosy. Look at verse 3, let that revelation sink in.
Matthew 8:3 (NIV) - Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
When you understand this with revelation, your Faith works to believe that God is on your side for Healing without even trying to be certain if it is God's will or it isn't God's will. You may share this encouragement with people that you know of who has chronic health conditions. I pray it will help to reinforce their faith in God for healing. I know there are many WHAT IF's. Just tell them, we are called to live a life of Faith in Christ, God has forewarned us the righteous shall live by Faith, there is a reason for this living by Faith. If everything is automatic, you don't really need to live a life of Faith. There will be opposing forces (spiritual forces of darkness) that does not want the person in a predicament to be delivered of their condition. Tell the person to keep believing, Fight the good fight of Faith, Let the good Lord fight the Battle. This is in the Bible. It's in 1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV) - *Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
*You don't really need to fight if everything is automatic for you. (understand this before anything else)
This post has been edited by unknown warrior: Jun 13 2017, 09:23 AM