Romans 10:16-17 “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
It is common to find people praying and fasting asking God to give them faith. Even the twelve disciples once asked Jesus to increase their faith and Jesus just responded to them that if they had faith like a tiny mustard seed, they would move mountains. The solution in growing your faith is not prayer, the solution for growing your faith is not fasting; the only way of growing your faith is by hearing the word of God. Do not wander from ministry to ministry or from crusade to crusade looking for a mighty man of God to lay hands on you.
“Hearing” is translated from the Greek verb “akouō”, meaning “to hear” and from which we get our English word “acoustics.” This word has two basic meanings, “to listen attentively” or “to yield to a superior command or force” that is, to do something voluntarily out of obedience. Paul is communicating to us here that faith comes when we listen attentively to the word of God. This is likened to a gatekeeper who watches the gate attentively to ensure that only authorized individual go through the gate. This is how we should respond to the word of God. “Akouo” also means to act, so when we meditate on the word of God, we must act quickly on it.
The other word we want to look at is the Greek word “rhēma”, which is translated “Word” in this verse. It means, “that which is spoken, particularly that which is uttered by a living voice.” We should act on the word uttered by living voices and not by dead voices from the people of this world.
The church is the only place where we can hear a living voice because we have the life of God in us.
That is why people suffer because they heard dead voices from their friends, newspapers and television.
Father, my spirit is alert to your word. I hear your promises clearly this day and I am acting on them. Your word is spoken with life; dead voices shall have no part to play in my life. The rhema for today is the life of my body, the life of my finances and my business in the name of Jesus. Amen.