Often, we come to God to talk instead of listening to Him. But faith comes from hearing God and not from being sure He knows every symptom or circumstance. He already knows. We come to listen and be shaped by His truth.
When you received Jesus as your Savior, you received His truth. That truth is yours because God gave it to you. If you have the Son, you have His life. Just as you received Jesus by faith, you also have to receive His truth by faith.
Our relationship with Jesus is one that can only be lived by putting faith in God’s truth. God’s truth is not real for us until we take possession of it. We have to plant the incorruptible seed of God’s Word in our hearts and make it ours (1 Peter 1:23). Nothing can corrupt or come against the truth of that seed. God’s Word is truth, and it produces the life of His Word in us (John 6:63).
The truth of God’s Word has the power to become our truth when our hearts are quickened by what we hear (Romans 8:16). Faith comes when we hear the Word of God again and again in our hearts (Romans 10:17). It doesn’t come by having heard the Word in the past. When we put faith in His Word, we live by His faith and not by our sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We have His faith to believe in what we do not currently see or experience. When we believe God’s truth in our hearts, we receive the truth of God’s Word in our lives.
When you doubt because of not seeing or experiencing God’s truth, you doubt God’s will. You doubt His promises. A person who doubts God’s promises doubts the truth of his right standing with God. He may not realize this but he doubts that he is worthy enough to receive from the Lord. Because of that doubt in his position in Christ, he will not receive (James 1:7). The Good News is that God declared you forgiven and worthy when you believed in His Son’s atonement for your sins.
If something is in the Word, it is God’s truth. Just because you might not experience His truth as your reality at this moment does not mean that it is not true for you. When you know what the Word says about something, you can pray for a specific outcome knowing that it is God’s will. You can have confidence that when you pray according to God’s will, you have what you have requested of Him (1 John 5:14-15).
What about God’s truth “By His stripes, you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24)? Do we say we believe it but question it in our hearts? God heals others but maybe you question if it is His will for you personally to receive healing.
The Word says healing is something that Jesus accomplished for us in His finished work of grace. Healing has been given to us in Christ’s payment for our sins. It is a complete payment. We have to do more than just say we believe it. That truth has to be sown in our hearts. It has to be protected from the lies of the enemy who comes to steal it. God’s truth has to be greater in our hearts than what we feel or our circumstances—or what we experience—or the opinions of anyone else.
Don’t be more concerned about the opinions of men than the praise of God (John 12:42-43). Don’t allow the things you experience in life—like illness—to keep you from declaring God’s truth as your truth. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and you will receive the fruit of what you speak (Proverbs 18:21). His truth is life to you. Don’t doubt His truth in your heart. Anything you believe that is not God’s truth speaks death to your faith.
The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16). He bears witness with our spirit that God’s truth is our truth.
Be shaped by God’s truth. Don’t just listen to God’s truth. Hear God’s truth in your heart—not just in your mind. Get the Word into your heart. Believe it. Take possession of it. Speak His truth into your life. Hold fast to it (Hebrews 10:23).
You have to do more than just believe God’s truth in your mind. To receive, you have to hear it in your heart.
“By His stripes, you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
© 2023 Lynn Lacher