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We are saved by faith – faith in what Christ accomplished on our behalf on the cross; and we walk through this life by faith – trusting that the God who rescues us from hell will also be our refuge and strength as we journey towards eternity.
Where does this faith come from? In both cases it comes from the Word of God! This is what struck me from this passage this week: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of God.” (10:17)
God saves us as we put our faith in Christ and His redemptive work. As we hear the Word of God, the Spirit of God awakens within us a desire to know Him and to be reconciled to Him. The Word of God makes us aware of our own sinfulness. It shows us why the cross was so necessary. It gives us understanding regarding the power of the resurrection. And it pleads with us to repent and turn from our wicked ways and turn to the One who offers us life. Saving faith comes from hearing the Word of God.
God sustains us as we live by faith day to day, relying on Him to feed us and fuel us with everything that we need to live live’s honoring to Him. As we hear the Word of God, we are encouraged, we are convicted, we are comforted, we are strengthened. Sustaining faith comes from the Word of God.
This is why the preaching of the Word is so vital to the church. And this is why it is so important to read and study the Word on your own. The goal is not to merely survive until we get to heaven. The goal is to thrive as God’s Word nourishes, sustains and supplies what we need to be “more than conquerors.”
Want more faith? Need more faith?
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God!
Next Week’s Passage: Romans 11:1-10
Memory Verses: Romans 8:1-25