The Lord asked me a couple of questions recently that really set me on a trail. (By the way, anytime the Lord engages you in conversation, know this: He is wanting you to pursue HIM, to engage Him in relationship, but that is another teaching.)
The Lord asked me: “How does faith come?” I said: “By hearing Lord.” The Lord asked: “So then how does hearing come?” Then I was reminded of all the scriptures that states: “he who has ears to hear let him hear.” I began to see why people who have the “appearance” of faith are getting no results, They don’t have a hearing ear … so faith never comes.
The common teaching is that faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing etc. And there is absolute validity to that line of thought. The thing that has not been taught is that there are different ways to hear and there is a difference between natural hearing and spiritual hearing.
Look at the verse that we all know and quote in faith circles. The answer is RIGHT THERE!
Let me give you a more accurate translation of the verse to make it clear.
ROM 10:17 (paraphrase) ~ So then faith comes by report, and the hearing comes by the Word of God.
Just because you have ears does not mean you are capable of hearing the Word. … And that’s the rub! Your spiritual ears, your heart, can only be opened by the Word of God. That word will come from the written Word as well as the spoken Word, but ….
“ONLY THE WORD THAT YOU ACT ON WILL DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL EARS.”
Throughout the bible, it is the disobedient and rebellious people who “had ears but could not hear.”
Deuteronomy 29:4 ~ Yet the LORD hath not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
Jeremiah 5:21 ~ Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Ezekiel 12:2 ~ Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
“Spiritual hearing” only comes from the word of God that you act on.”
There are VAST realms of understanding and revelation that you will never acquire if you are not a doer of the word. If you do not act on what you have heard, the bible says you are deceiving yourself. If you hear the word and do nothing about it you are spiritually deaf and disqualify yourself from the blessing of God. To have ears to hear takes action.
James 1:22 ~ But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Once action is taken concerning the Word of God, a wonderful cycle of growth and revelation begins. Acting on the word gives life to your faith and develops your ability to hear from the Lord, which in turn opens you up to hear more, which gives you more opportunity to act on what you hear, which gives life to your faith …. And the cycle goes on. It is called spiritual growth.
If the Word of God is sown in your heart and you refuse to act on it (rebellion), the devil has the right to come steal it from you. This is the condition that we see in the parable of the sower.
Matthew 13:19 ~ 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
There are too many “way side” Christians in the Church today. The spiritual condition of the Church as a whole is poor, in part because the inability to hear what the Lord is saying to this generation.
Matthew 13:9-13 ~ 9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
When Jesus called the twelve He said to them: “Come.” They acted on that word and continued to follow Him. Because they acted on the word, THEY HAD EARS TO HEAR. According to verse 11 above …“it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven”…
You can know the mysteries of the kingdom too, just like the twelve, so can your whole church.