Faith comes to those who pay attention to the Word that is spoken not to those who just hear the sound.
So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself). Romans 10:17 (AMP)
Are you aware that a person can listen but not hear? Way too often, if we are not careful, we fail to really pay attention to what is being spoken or preached. Many times it is because we think we know what is being said or that we already know the concepts being discussed.
The Greek word, akoe, expresses the idea of comprehending and considering the thing heard. We give audience to that which we hear preached as though it were coming directly from the lips of Jesus. Because we are hearing the words that the Anointed One has given to the speaker (preacher), we apply what we hear so that it becomes a vital part of our lives.
In so doing, we keep ourselves from the snare of the fowler that many find themselves entangled in; that of being idle listeners to the Word rather than those who hear and obey.
But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. James 1:22-24 (Amp)
Today, let us determine to listen carefully to the Word preached even when we think we know all about what is being said. Let’s listen for that one idea, concept, view, or insight that will open the door of revelation into what we thought we clearly understood, knowing that there are at least seven levels of understanding in the Word of the Living God (Psalm 12:6).
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