Romans 10:17 (KJV) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Emphasis Added).

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear”what do you think this statement means?

Hearing and Obeying the Word of God requires…

  1. RESPONSEAcceptance

A contemporary “Hearing-Aid” commercial is being aired on television wherein a son says, “I love you, Dad” three times and the father responds with “What?” three times. The father knows his son is talking to him, but he cannot “hear” what he is saying well enough to understand what is being said. The Holy Spirit is more than able to ensure that each believer “hears” Christ’s Voice. As we discussed last week, being “intimate” with Christ ensures that we recognize His Voice. BUT, hearing His Voice requires a response before obedience to His Voice is manifest.

Responding to Christ’s Voice involves…

a.) BELIEVING

James believed that, “What one does is what one believes.”

James 1:22 (KJV) “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (Emphasis Added).

Like today, the Christians of James’ time heard the Word of God in the words of Holy Scripture and in the proclamation and teaching of the Gospel. Hearing and believing the Word presents to us the responsibility of obeying the Word.

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“What a mistake to imagine that by hearing first one preacher and then another we can derive benefit to our souls! More is wanted than such hearing. A raven may fly from cage to cage, but it is not thereby changed into a dove. Go from room to room of the royal feast, and the sight of the tables will never relieve your hunger. The main thing is to have and hold the truth personally and inwardly. If you don’t see to this, you will die in your sins, even if ten thousand voices direct you to the way of salvation. It is a pity that the bulk of hearers are hearers only and are no more likely to go to heaven than the seats they sit on in the assembly of the saints.” — Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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James 1:22 (MSG) “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!” (Emphasis Added).

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“Southern Californians are always saying that they can ski on snow in the mountains in the morning and ski on water on the ocean in the afternoon. But have you ever heard of, or met, anyone who has actually done that? Sometimes we Christians do the same thing. We talk about Christ controlling our lives but in fact we do as we please.” — Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997).