The Word of the Lord – Hearing God more clearly

There’s a scripture that I often quote from Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I’ve heard a variety of teachings about this verse. One being that our faith grows as we read our Bible, the “word of God”. And while that’s true, this is not what that scripture is talking about.

The first part of this phrase is present tense. “Faith comes by hearing.” It comes by hearing, not having heard. Faith doesn’t come through knowledge. Rather, it’s a moment, an exact experience of tuning into God’s voice and hearing his will for an immediate situation.

It goes like this: You’re in a situation, and you need some God’s guidance, so you pray. As you’re praying, you have this thought. Hmm, that would apply. So, you act upon that thought and it truly was the best solution. That’s hearing God! That’s faith that comes from hearing God’s voice guide you.

The second part of this phrase “hearing by the word of God” is also quite interesting. Way too often we just substitute in our minds “Bible” for the “word of God”. Yet, I don’t think that was the writer’s intention. When the writer of Hebrews wrote this, he didn’t have a Bible. But what about the Old Testament, maybe that was his “word of God”. Back in Genesis 15:1, the “word of the Lord” came to Abram, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Yet, there was no Old Testament or Bible or any written word from God.

The “word of the Lord” is a specific moment of “hearing God”. It’s his voice that often comes to us as a thought, an idea, a memory, maybe even a vision or dream. Sure, the Bible is still essential for us to learn and know what God’s voice sounds like, and everything we “hear” from God needs to be filtered through the Bible. But that should not keep us from “listening” for those specific divine instructions that help us make decisions for our life and for what God has called us to.

The most incredible heavenly power that we can tap into is the voice of God speaking to us. He is constantly wooing and drawing and leading us. When we can “hear” the “word of the Lord” for a certain situation or decision, and we can believe it, then the supernatural power of God is released into our situation. We have agreed with God by believing him. Prayers are answered. Faith is activated. Heaven moves.

This week, I encourage you to really listen. Tune into God through worship, through prayer, through fasting and dedication. Read scripture to help you tune in your spiritual ears. And then listen. Pray a very simple prayer, “Lord, do you have anything to say to me?”

Then, be ready. He’s got a lot to say.

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