Part 2

Romans 10:17:  so then, faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.

Proverbs 4:20-22 (NLT): My son, pay attention to what I saylisten carefully to my words.  Don't lose sight of them, let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

Notice in these scriptures, whose words are we to pay attention to and whose words are we supposed to hear?  GOD'S WORD.  Do not give heed to any words in your life that are contrary to God's Word, because nothing else is the truth!

With the foundation laid from yesterday's post, I want you to see and know today that you are already delivered and healed, this is past tense.  You are not waiting for a move of God on your behalf, He is waiting on you to GET KNOWLEDGE, to pay attention and hear His Word, and then act in faith.  James 2:17 tells us that faith without works is dead.  True faith in the heart causes someone to spring forth into action.  They do not act because they are trying to get God to do something for them, they act because they BELIEVE the Word in their heart.  Faith begins in your heart, and faith can ONLY come into your heart through hearing the Word of God.  (Romans 10:17)

Think about this, when you received salvation, did you sit around and wait for God to save you? NO, you heard the Word.  After you heard the Word concerning salvation, you believed the Word in your HEART, and then confessed Jesus as your Lord BECAUSE you believed.  You weren't trying to get God to save you because you knew Jesus already provided salvation for you 2000 years ago. You just now started to believe the Word...You believed Romans 10:9-10:  if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.  For with the heart, a man believes he is justified, and with his mouth, he confesses it and is saved.    When you believed with your heart, your faith got involved, and because faith was created in your heart through hearing the Word of God, then you confessed Jesus as Lord.  Confession was the action of the faith that was in your heart.  So notice the order, first you HEARD the Word, then you BELIEVED, and then you were able to ACT.  Heart Faith always comes and happens in this order.

People have said to me, "God saved me in 2003", and I say, "No, God didn't save you in 2003, he saved you 2000 years ago when Jesus died for you on the cross.  You just heard and believed the Word of God concerning salvation in 2003, and because of that, you received your salvation.  It was there all along, waiting on you to hear, believe and then act on that belief.  If you will understand this next line, it will revolutionize your life and you will never, ever be the same.  FAITH IS SIMPLY OUR POSITIVE RESPONSE TO WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY DONE!  Your faith does not cause God to save you or heal you because he saved and healed you 2000 years ago.  He is not responding to you, you are just now responding to His invitation that has been waiting on you for 2000 years!  He has already given us all things that pertain to life and godliness through our KNOWLEDGE OF HIM (1 Peter 1:3).  Our part is to get knowledge of what God has done for us in Christ, hear the Word, believe with the heart, and then act in faith.

read part 1 HERE 


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