‘For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message the heard was of no value to them because those who heard did not combine it with faith. ‘(Heb 4:2) (NIV 84)
Many people who label themselves as ‘Christians’ go to church weekly on a Sunday morning. They sit in a church service, sing some songs, say some prayers and hear a message. Then they go out for the rest of the week and either live like everyone else in the world. No change. No power. No faith. Then there are those Christians who claim to born again. They have been changed at one time by the power of God. They ‘became’ a new person in Christ. The old had been washed away and things in their life had become new (2 Cor 5:17) but…now they still live with no power. No change. No faith.
This scripture in the book of Hebrews says many have heard the message of the gospel-the good news of Jesus-but there was no change. No power. No faith.
‘For we live by faith, not by sight.’ (2 Cor 5:7/NIV)
We as believers in Jesus, must combine what we hear with faith. When we read the Bible we must receive what we read with faith. When we sit in a church service and hear a message we must combine it with faith. (Have I said the word faith too many times? Good, I want to get it deep down into the core of who you are as a believer!)
I know the ‘faith’ thing is preached so often but that is because it’s so important. Everything in the Christian life hinges on this thing called faith. We can’t even please God without having faith (Heb 11:6). Faith is taking what we read (in the Bible) and hear (from the Bible and/or from our pastors/teachers) and applying it to our lives. Believing what the Word says is truth! That is the kicker! We must believe that what the Bible says is really for real.
Many will say they believe the Bible is true. They will even quote it to others in time of trouble or need but, they don’t really believe it. Then we wonder why our prayers receive no answer. People don’t get healed. WE don’t get healed. Our family and friends don’t get saved and born again. Why? BECAUSE WE AS CHRISTIANS ARE NOT OPERATING IN THE REALM OF FAITH!! Take every word from the Bible and meditate on it. Eat, sleep and breathe it! Get it down inside of you! Make it part of you where is there is no other thought in your mind and heart besides what the Word says. Then, we will begin seeing the power of God manifest in our lives! In our prayers! We will begin operating in the supernatural as God as ordained for us to do!!
Don’t let the devil deceive you any longer. Lay aside this world along with its passions and desires. Crucify yourself to the world and to your own self (Gal 6:14). Believe on God’s wonderful Word for in it holds the power to overcome this world, the devil, sickness, sin, habits, and everything that stands in between yourself and God’s ultimate plan for your life!!!