by Rex Rouis
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the (spoken) word of Christ. Roman 10:17
Okay, if faith comes by hearing then what does it sound like? If we don’t know what it sounds like how will we know when we hear it? What is the sound of faith? What is the sound of God’s blessing?
It is simply the sound of someone speaking a word. It is the word of God being spoken to your heart. Note that it is a spoken word and not a read word. The Greek word for ‘word’ in this verse is Rhema, and can be translated loosely as a ‘spoken word, or a proclaimed message.’ It is personal word – from one person to another. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would take His words and speak them to us, and that the Holy Spirit would show us things to come. Paul said that the Holy Spirit would show us the things that are freely given to us.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit, which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. I Corinthians 2:12
God the Holy Spirit is the one who is actually speaking the word of faith to us. It comes from Him directly to us. He makes real to our heart the scriptures we have fed on. He breathes life into the scriptures that we have put into our heart. When we plant the seed of His word into our heart, and we protect it and cultivate it, it will produce a harvest of abundance. See – How Do You Plant a Word?
The hearing of faith is the sound of the Word of God coming alive in our heart. Faith comes alive when the Word read from the page becomes the Word heard in our heart. Speak the promises in the Word of God out of your mouth. Confess them until you believe them and believe them until you receive them. You believe them when they come alive to you. They come alive to you when you hear them in your heart.
We can’t recognize it or hear it with our heads. Our spirit, the ‘Hidden man of the heart,’ is where we hear it. Our spirit is where we hear everything that God speaks to us. Our spirit can hear His voice and recognize it. It knows the voice of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit speaks the words of Jesus. Jesus is the Author and Goal of our faith.
This hearing of faith is God’s sovereign stamp of approval upon the things we are hoping for; His presence graced upon our seeking, and His witness placed upon our request. It is the witness of Heaven upon our desires/hopes that give them spiritual reality, legal substance, and eventual visibility (Hebrews 11:1). See – Faith Is ‘hupostasis’ – Hebrews 11:1
Faith is a heart received sanction by the Sovereign of Heaven; given the moment His will for a specific promise has been met. Seek Him and hear Him, and receive His will for you.