Word Based Faith
By Pastor Gary
Another foundational truth that we need to keep in our hearts is that faith comes from the Word of God. In order to see our faith grow and remain strong, we have to continually be in the Word.
Let’s look at Romans 10:17. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I remember my pastor explaining to us one time that the word we translate as “hearing”, in the original Greek, is known as a continuous verb. You could better translate by saying, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing…”. It’s not the Word that you just heard one time that brought you faith, but rather faith comes to those who are continually hearing the Word of God. It comes to those who are consistently reading and studying the Word, and it comes to those who are consistently hearing the Word preached. We have to allow ourselves to be in the place where we are consistently hearing from the Word.
Be a Hearer
Jesus said a number of times, “to him who has ears to hear, let him hear”. Sometimes we can hear or read the Word but not really be open to it. Jesus tells us in the explanation of the parable of the sower that, “The sower sows the word.” (Mark 4:14). Jesus goes on to share how that word is received. We can sometimes tend to receive the Word improperly and miss out on the faith that God is wanting us to receive.
Remember that Jesus and His Word are inseparable, and He is the way, the truth, and the life. John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This is talking about Jesus. This truth is so important because when we receive the Word, we receive more of Jesus. We receive His way, His truth, and His life. His Word brings faith because it is Him, His Life, and His Way of doing things, coming to us. To not receive His Word is to not receive Him.
The Word of God and person of Jesus, must be the foundation of our faith. Faith based on anything other than Him, will have cracks and holes.