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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

What Do You Hear in Your Heart


He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

—Galatians 3:5 (KJV)



The miraculous power of “the hearing of faith” is the focus in Galatians 3:5—not the person ministering and working miracles by the Spirit. None of us deserve God to use us. It is God’s grace that He uses anybody. God accomplishes the truth of His Word in us by “the hearing of faith”—not by anything we try to work up in ourselves to do or believe. We receive the miracles of God by hearing God’s Word in our hearts.


“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”  (Romans 8:16-17a, NKJV)


“Bear witness” is to “serve as evidence or proof that something exists” (Oxford Languages). The Holy Spirit “bears witness” with your spirit. He gives evidence that something exists. The Holy Spirit “quickens” the truth of God's Word in your heart. He motivates and arouses your faith to believe. 


“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV).


Faith comes by hearing the Word of God in your heart. The Holy Spirit renews your mind with God’s Word. However, it is when you believe God’s Word in your heart that His Word comes alive in you and has the power to produce fruit in your life. You believe, and the truth you believe becomes who you are.


When the Holy Spirit brings life to God’s Word in your heart, you believe what His Word promises beyond a shadow of a doubt. You know it exists and is already yours in God’s spiritual realm. You believe without seeing. No man can shake what you believe—not the opinions of others—not the enemy—not anyone. 


“Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them” (Luke 5:17, NKJV).


On that day the healing presence of the Lord was with the Pharisees and teachers of the law, but they did not receive healing. Healing was available but their hearts were hardened, their ears dull, and their eyes shut to His presence. In them the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled:


“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” (Matthew 13:15, NKJV).


Who received healing in the next few minutes? The paralytic who was lowered through the ceiling by his four friends received healing. Jesus told the paralytic that his sins were forgiven and to rise up and walk. The presence of the Lord to heal was available to everyone, but the faith to believe was alive in the four friends of the paralytic. It was also alive in the paralytic, who believed in his heart. He got up and took that first step.


“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, NKJV).


Hearing the Word in your heart motivates you to believe it. When you mix faith with the Word, it profits you (Hebrews 4:2). What you receive from God, you receive according to what you believe (Matthew 9:29). Jesus says that when you speak and don’t 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.”


When the Holy Spirit quickens a specific Word in your heart, it comes to life in you. You believe. You know God is faithful, and you let nothing pull you from what God has shown you. You believe without physically seeing any proof. You don’t need to see the evidence. The Word is your evidence. You renew your mind continually with the evidence of His Word (Romans 12:2). You sow His truth in your heart. You guard your heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23) and keep God’s truth from being choked out by the cares of life or stolen by the enemy (Matthew 13:18-23). You know that just like the fig tree Jesus cursed didn’t die right away, God’s truth may not happen in your life right away (Mark 11:20). You know it will take the measure of faith God has given you (Romans 12:3) to persevere and hang on to His truth no matter what you see, hear, or feel. You choose to keep His Word alive in your heart.


“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, NKJV).



His Word is near you in your heart—waiting to be confessed and believed. Has the Holy Spirit persuaded you to believe His Word? That healing is also the truth of your salvation? The paralytic was told by Jesus his sins were forgiven and to rise up and walk. Has the Word convinced your heart?


“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV).


“He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalm 107:20, NKJV).


“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11, NKJV)


What do you hear in your heart and believe?


“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29, NKJV). 



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