Understanding “Faith Comes by Hearing”
by Steve Backlund
Read this excerpt from Divine Strategies for Increase about the spiritual law of hearing, which reveals an invitation into supernatural increase but also greater intimacy with the Lord.
“Faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17)
This law is revealed in the Bible in passages such as…
- “Then He said to them, ‘Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him’” (Mark 4:24-25).
- “Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him” (Luke 8:18).
- “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
- “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).
- “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15). “You have become dull of hearing” (Hebrews 5:11).
This law will work for us to cause increase and blessing if…
we listen to and really hear large quantities of Scripture, testimonies, promises, encouragement, prophecies, hope and other expressions of godly truth. Our future abundance is directly linked to our spiritual hearing. “To you who hear, more will be given” (Mark 4:24). This abundance is released in proportion to the amount we hear. “With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.” And we don’t just focus on the quantity of our hearing, but also on the quality of our spiritual hearing. (See Luke 8:18.) The wise person realizes it is imperative to cultivate and maintain excitement, wonder, expectation and childlike enthusiasm as we hear the things of God.
Our core beliefs are shaped by what we allow ourselves to hear and how we hear it. “Faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17). Every plan for forward movement in life needs to include the powerful law of hearing.
This law will work against us to restrict and impoverish us if…
we are in environments where we hear a great amount of negativity, lies, fear, criticism, worry, anger, selfishness, godlessness, etc. It will also work against us if we hear (believe) lies spoken to us by an authority figure or someone we respect. Finally, we will be restricted in life if we become a person who is dull of hearing and become a “sermon proof” Christian (or testimony proof, hope proof, etc.).
This law will bring us into a greater intimacy with God because…
we will discover that there is a higher level of hearing in our relationship with God that causes us to come alive in Him. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Prayer is not just our talking to God, but it is also hearing God’s “proceeding words” in new ways.
I delight in this law by joyfully declaring:
I hear an enormous quantity of good things. I hear in an incredible manner. As a result, I experience great increase.
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“But his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . and whatever he does shall prosper,” (Psalm 1:3).
The laws of the spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, so do God’s spiritual laws.
God’s laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God (hidden in each law) to behold and worship. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life that prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this book unlocks the blessings hidden in the spiritual realm.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.