GOD’S VEHICLE OR MEANS TO GET FAITH TO US IS BY HEARING.
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Why is hearing critical?
What your ears continue to hear, your eyes will eventually see.
8As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, In the city of our God: God will establish it forever. Selah
5“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.
WHAT YOU HEAR:
- INFORMS WHAT YOU BELIEVE, THINK,
- INFLUENCES WHAT YOU SAY,
- INSPIRES YOU TO ACT
“Many of us are listening to (AM) adversary message; we need to be listening to (FM) Father’s message.”—Pastor Bill Johnson
JESUS KNEW THE IMPORTANCE OF HEARING, THAT IS WHY HE SAID “HE THAT HAS EARS, LET HIM HEAR…”
- Everyone that has ears is not hearing
- He that has ears let him hear – Mark 4:9 / Mark 4:23 / Mark 7:16 / Revelation (8 times) – Rev. 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13; 3:22; 13:9
WARFARE COMES AFTER YOU HEAR THE WORD.
Mark 4:13-20 (NKJV)
13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
14 The sower sows the word.
15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
“Riches will deceive you into thinking that it can take care of you like the Word.”—Pastor Bill Johnson
THE WORD OF GOD WAS DESIGNED TO PRODUCE RESULTS IN YOUR LIFE.
Mark 4:21-23 (NKJV)
21 Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?
22 For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
WHAT YOU HEAR TODAY DIRECTLY IMPACTS YOUR TOMORROWS
Mark 4:24-25 (NKJV)
24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.
25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
Mark 4:24–25 (NIV)
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Mark 4:24–25 (NLT)
24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. 25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”
Mark 4:24-25 (AMP)
24 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.
25 For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force],
“If you don’t see fruit—it’s developing a root.”—Pastor Bill Johnson
Faith comes by hearing – Romans 10:17