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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

What Do You Hear in Your Heart?


Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 

—Galatians 3:5


A miracle is God’s work that supersedes natural law, and faith is how we receive from God. God does not work a miracle in response to anything we do to work up ourselves to believe. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God in our hearts.


The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. 

—Romans 8:16-17a


The Holy Spirit Himself bears witness with your spirit. He quickens God’s Word of truth in your heart.


So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

—Romans 10:17


Faith doesn’t come by hearing the Word in your mind. Yes, the Holy Spirit must renew your mind with the Word’s truth. But it is when you believe God’s Word in your heart that His Word is quickened in you. This is when His Word comes alive in you. You believe, and the truth you believe is His.


When the Holy Spirit brings to life God’s Word in your heart, you believe what God has promised you beyond a shadow of a doubt. You know it is already yours in the spiritual realm. You have the faith to believe without seeing with your physical eyes. No one can shake what you believe—not the tradition of men—not the opinions of others—not the devil—not anyone. 


So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

—Mark 11:22-24


It is by hearing the Word in your heart that you have faith in God to receive His promise to you. Jesus says that when you speak and do not doubt in your heart, you will receive what you have spoken. “Therefore”, Jesus then says, and “therefore” means the next point is crucial. “Whatever things you ask for when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”


You believe before you receive from God—not after you receive. Seeing is not believing. That is not faith. Believing in God’s promise is not something you can make yourself do. Yes, you make the choice to believe. You submit to the Word and allow God’s truth to renew your mind until your perspective becomes His perspective. And then your heart can be quickened by the Word. 


When the Word is quickened in your heart, the Word comes to life in you. You believe. You know God is faithful, and you let nothing sway you from what God has shown you. You believe without physical proof. You continually renew your mind with the Word. You guard His truth in your heart with all diligence and keep it from being choked out by the cares of life or stolen by the enemy. Just like the fig tree Jesus cursed in Mark 11:20 did not die right away, you know that God’s promise for your mountain to be removed may not happen right away. You hang on to God’s truth which has been quickened in your heart. You believe no matter what happens in your life. You believe above the voices of others who can’t see the spiritual truth God has revealed to you.


The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is the word of faith that we preach); that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

—Romans 10:9


You believed for your salvation with the measure of faith God gave you (Romans 12:3). You did not physically see Jesus Christ crucified for you. You chose to believe in Him because of the word of faith quickened in your heart. 


In the same way, you believe God’s promise with the word of faith you hear in your heart (Romans 10:17).


Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

—John 20:29



What do you hear in your heart?




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