Romans 10:16-18 16But they have not all heeded the Gospel; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed (had faith in) what he has heard from us? 17So 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). 18But I ask, Have they not heard? Indeed they have; [for the Scripture says] Their voice [that of nature bearing God’s message] has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the far bounds of the world.
What we see in verse 16 is that what we believe is our faith. Then in verse 17 we see that faith, or what we believe, comes from hearing what is told. I don’t know about you, but I hear a lot of things on a day to day basis, and not all of them are necessarily good. If what we believe comes from what we hear some of us probably need to wear ear plugs! There are a few different definitions of the word “hear”. One is to perceive sound, another is to be informed and to understand. We have to determine that no matter what we may hear (perceive sound) what we hear (understand and pay attention to) and what we believe is only what we hear from the Word of God.
Some of you may have heard the old song that says- “Who’s report will you believe? I will believe the report of the Lord” If there are two conflicting opinions or reports, one of them has to be wrong and one of them has to be right. We just have to determine which one is correct. If I say the grass is green, and you say it’s red. Only one of us can be correct. Titus 1:2 tells us In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. If God is incapable of lying, it would stand to reason that anything conflicting what He says in His word has to be the lie.
You might go to the doctor and he tells you, “You’re sick”. You then have a choice. You can either put your faith in what the Doctor tells you, or you can look at what the Bible says. Isaiah 55:5 says 5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. You may have heard the doctor tell you that there is sickness in your body, but what do you truly understand and believe? You might look at your bank account and your mind says, “I’m broke”, but the Bible says in Philippians 4:19 And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Are you going to believe what you perceive or what you know the Word says?
How do we get to the place of faith that enables us to over-ride what we hear in the natural with what we hear from the Word? Reverend Kenneth Hagin said it so powerfully, “As you continually feed upon the Word, you will see your faith grow to be able to receive every promise of God in it”.