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Have your ears been fused with faith? According to the Bible, it is imperative we unite our hearing the Lord with faith.
For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.” Hebrews 4:2
The writer of Hebrews is alluding to the Israelites whom God delivered from Egyptian slavery. In just a few short weeks, He led them to Sinai and gave them His word. Unfortunately, the people did not received God’s word and ultimately failed to reach the Promised Land. The word did not profit the people.
We are now in a similar situation. God has delivered us from the kingdom of Satan and slavery to sin. He has given us His Word. We have received in that Word the good news that if we trust and obey, we will reach the spiritual ‘promised land’ – heaven. On the other hand, we have been told that should we fail to trust and obey, we will never reach heaven.
We experience “faith fusion” when the words God speaks to us is united with faith causing us to believe whatever He speaks. When we neglect to unite God’s word with faith we miss inheriting the promises of God.
Why do so many fail at this point? It is because they do not receive God’s word with faith. In other words, they do not believe God meant what He said. They do not believe the Word absolutely. They do not take God’s word seriously enough to allow it to influence their hearts and their minds.
There is an old commercial which says, “Everything is better with Bluebonnet on it.” Bluebonnet is a butter-like margarine. Every word of God is better when smothered in faith. We need to realize that hearing the Word or reading the Word will not profit our lives unless we believe what we hear and read. We will derive no advantages or blessings from the Word unless we place our complete trust and confidence in it. Listen to 1 Thessalonians 2:13,
“And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”
Faith says – ‘I believe what I am hearing to be true and because I believe it to be true I will begin to act on it.’
How we can know if someone is receiving the Word with faith? You will see them acting upon the Word. Faith naturally leads to obedience. Faith doesn’t wait for full understanding or perfect timing… faith acts!
Despite the “Do Not Touch” signs, a museum was having no success in keeping patrons from touching–and soiling–priceless furniture and art. But the problem evaporated overnight when a clever museum employee replaced the signs with ones that read: “Caution: Wash Hands After Touching!”
When people finally discover it is in their best interest to obey… they do! It is in our best interest to take God at His word. If you are going to read the Bible, listen to the Holy Spirit and follow Jesus’ teachings, then purpose to fuse the words you receive with faith. It will change your life and please the Lord.