Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The Last Days for the Church on Earth are upon us and we need to spend more time, not less, hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). There seems to be a trend of putting less and less Scriptures in messages today in favor of dialoguing with the congregation. In some Christian’s fast pace lives there is also a cutting back on time in the Word of God as the cares of this world choke or crowd out the Word. This lack of hearing the Word is effecting our believing. As a result some are being influenced by the spirit of the world and becoming:
(To be inclined to question truth; it is a way of thinking that believes that the truth of all knowledge must always be in question and doubted);
(To be inclined to question the motives, sincerity and goodness of the person sharing truth);
(To be inclined to find fault, shortcomings, or defects in the message or messenger).
Research from recent Pew Research Polls suggests that one particular generation (Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996; ages 22-37 in 2018) is becoming the least outwardly religious of American generations ever. Only 40% of them say religion is “very important” in their lives, and only 27% believe the Bible is the literal Word of a God. This is not true of all Millennials but many are becoming more secular, turning away from God, and turning to atheism (http://www.pewresearch.org/topics/millennials/). We have also personally witnessed young adults who have grown up in Church totally abandon their Christian faith as they go into their college years from the influence of what they are hearing in secular universities.
Belief is always affected by what one hears and it is our believing that determines what we receive from God by our prayers. Matthew 21:22 says, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
The good news is that we can change what we believe. The way we do that is by changing what we hear because what we hear affects what we believe. We can believe what we have not seen, but we cannot believe what we have not heard as Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Our hearing must change before our believing can change. That is why Jesus said to take heed what you hear (Mark. 4:24) and take heed how you hear (Luke 8:18). Make a renewed commitment to increase your hearing of the Word of God.