We have been learning about FAITH! We learned that we are to believe, to be loyal to God, to trust God, and to give our allegiance to God. This is all part of FAITH! Today we are going to talk about being DUTIFUL. What is the difference between HEARING the Word of God and DOING the Word of God?
READ: Romans 10:16-17
“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.”
We must first HEAR the Word of God, for FAITH comes by HEARING! After hearing the Word of God, you BELIEVE!
READ: John 5:24
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My Word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.”
“Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized”
It is very important that we have a character that LISTENS! This act of listening is a very important part of entering into the Kingdom of God, for your FAITH comes by hearing! As you grow up and live different experiences in the life of a BELIEVER, you will find that there are those who do NOT have ears to hear. This is a very sad thing. The Bible also talks about these types of souls.
READ: Matthew 13:13-15
“Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”
“And he said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’
“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are heard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”
Isn’t this a sad thing? the saddest thing about it is that the people Jesus and Paul are talking about are people that think they KNOW God. They are the leaders of the religious system of that time.
Remember reading Romans 10:2 that says: “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” It again comes down to HEARING God’s Word and then becoming a DOER of his Word.(there is a great verse from James 1:21-27) We need to look to our own selves that we stick to the Word of God! As you children of God grow up, the world will be becoming worse and worse, the Bible says, so you must become stronger and stronger in following God and His Word!
READ: Matthew 13:1-23(get ready, this is a big one)
“On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on the stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
God bless guys, and if a lot of you guys(and girls) are wondering where I am getting this stuff, it is not from me, that’s for sure. I get this stuff from a book called A Narrow way, a book based all on 2 Peter 1:5-8 which says: But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance Godliness, to Godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Good-bye, (translation, til-next time.)