No matter how hard the battle is Christians must hold on to the hem of Jesus Christ’s garment until victory comes ! (Matthew 9:20)
Many times when we don’t see immediate results and heaven seems silent our flesh is tempted to panic but Jesus wants us to look to him, the originator and completer of our faith, and not at the storm around us. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
No matter how rough the waves, how deep the waters, or how hard the wind blows, we must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. (Mathew 14)
Satan knows his times is short and he is mad as hell. Knowing our weakness, and the weakness of others, the evil one will send forth those fiery darts but our faith in Jesus Christis what will bring us through to victory every time. If we do not give up. (Ephesians 6:16, Galatians 6:9)
Faithful is he who has promised! So hang on, keep pressing through in prayer and having done all you are required in scriptures to do just keep standing. (Hebrews 10:23, Ephesians 6:13)
God’s power will be released to rescue you from your fiery trial. Jesus will turn your way and see your faith. He will lift you up out of despair and make you whole again. Jesus will turn your sorrow into joy once more! Do not be afraid! Do not doubt his love for you! Hang on with every last thread of your being to his garment!
Your victory is sure! Look up for help is on its way!
Continue to put your trust in Jesus Christ through the storm and you will not be disappointed! Remember that he has promised to come through for you and God never breaks a promise! (Roman’s 10:11 Psalms 25:3)
The word continue according to the Greek definition means to persevere diligently, attend to in exercise, wait on, adhere closely to.
So in other words Christians are being admonished to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty (persevere) carefully with much effort (diligent) show up and engage in physical activity (godly exercise) attending with close attachment ( draw near) in immediate proximity. (up close and personal)
Sounds like a mouthful but you get the point when it’s broken down.
Prayer is not always a quicky petition. When we don’t get an answer right away many of us want to give up. We think that the Lord Jesus doesn’t care about our situation because he doesn’t show up immediately and meet our need.
Well, God just isn’t a fast food God. It doesn’t work that way. There are many variables (and that’s a different message ) as to why we don’t see immediate results to our prayers.
Suffice to say, constant prayer is needed. It’s called seeking and seeking is a prerequisite for answered prayer. We seek until the answer comes and sometimes it takes an extended period of time. (DANIEL 9)
Notice in Jeremiah 29 that the Lord Jesus says that if we seek him in prayer that he will hear us. The Lord says that if with our whole heart we seek him we will find him. Our answer will come! The Lord tells us that he will deliver us from our captivity and restore us. It’s a spiritual principle. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much scriptures tell us. (James 5:16)
Seeking the Lord Jesus requires fervency! Prayers that are passionate and intense. In other words heart felt seeking bordering on desperation is required in prayer.
If there is one thing irresistible to the Lord it is sincerity and persistence prayer. Why do you think that the woman with the issue of blood was commended by Jesus? She was so desperate that she was willing to humble herself and grab on to the hem of his garment. That’s diligent prayer! (Matthew 9:20)
The unjust judge according to Jesus’ story gave the persistent seeker her request and the Lord likened that case scenario to how persistence towards God gets answers to prayer. (Luke 18:1-8)
Do you have a desperate need?
Then continue in prayer till the answer comes. It will come!
Just keep seeking, keep knocking, keep praying and one day the door is going to open wide up for you! Jesus assured us of this in his word.
That phrase is thrown around a lot in some Christian circles today so let’s just examine it from a Biblical perspective.
What does the Bible say about religion? According to Acts 26:5 Religion means (thrēskeia )ceremonial observance or traditional way of doing things.
Paul was a Pharisee who practiced the religion of a particular sect. (Heresy is the Greek word for sect.) A sect is a choice, a party, disunion.
In other words the Pharisees were a formally constituted by choice, and religious group that formed a ruling body over the society.
A Pharisee is a separatist belonging to a sect. One who separates in religious observance from other groups.
Galatians 1:13 scripture tells us that Paul practiced the Pharisee sect which transferred the precepts and traditions of ceremonial ordinances and laws according to their sectarian disunion from other groups.
Now that we know what a religious Pharisee is let us find out why Jesus was in conflict with them.
John the Baptist called the Pharisees and Sadducee vipers. ( Matthew 23:33 ) A viper strikes suddenly and injects poison into the body of its victim. So John was pointing out that these sects injected religion or their ceremonial observances into people which he considered to be poisonous.
In other words what the religious people of his time were doing was indoctrinating their deadly heresy into others rather than the pure word of God.
What was the deadly heresies that the Pharisees were teaching?
Jesus pointed out some of them.
In his parables and encounters with the religious people of his day he pointed out that the Pharisees were separatist elitists in their practice. They had ridged ways of doing things that did not have grace for any one else’s method.
These religious people looked down on any one who did not conform to their way of thinking. The Pharisee or religious spirit is a practicing elitist. One who separates in form from any one different than they are.
The religious spirit hates non conformity. If you are different with a different gift or calling watch out because the religious spirit will strike like a viper! The religious spirit is very territorial.
The religious spirit separates from non conformists and does not like to keep company with them. If you don’t do things their way then you are not welcome.
Jesus many times pointed out to the religious leaders that they were hypocrites. Claiming to belong to God the religious spirit in actuality is serving Satan. Why? Because self will, self exaltation, and self centerness is Satan’s nature, not God’s nature.
True Christian’s are led by the Holy Spirit not by a sectarian rule book. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin in order to bring change in the heart by his love while the religious spirit brow beats and tries to force conformity to their way of doing things.
Another thing scriptures point out about the religious or Pharisee spirit is that it is jealous of those who walk closely with God . The religious spirit will always attack the spiritual person because of jealousy.
Why is the religious spirit jealous? Simply because the true Christian is led by God and not by them. The religious spirit can see that those who walk in the Holy Spirit are led of God and non conformist to the agenda of someone else . This infuriates the religious spirit.
The religious spirit will always cherry pick the Bible for their own agenda. Jesus said that the Pharisees strained at gnats while swallowing camels. They fussed over every dot and crossing of T’s in the Bible but didn’t seem to see the more important things that Jesus tried to point out to them like loving people and helping them out.
The religious spirit prefers ceremonial practices and while this may be in a traditional frame work it can also come from a Corinthian mind set as well. The religious spirit in a Corinthian church setting also has rules and ways of doing things according to their way of thinking.
Many times the religious spirit in the Corinthian church will reject the more practical type of Christian who loves to serve and wait on tables but will also oppose others not conforming to their agenda. The Corinthian religious spirit will look down on others as being less spiritual than they are.
The Pharasee according to Jesus will also put burdens on others that they won’t carry themselves. The religious spirit will many times require you to live a certain way or do a certain thing that they themselves don’t do. In other words the religious spirit doesn’t practice what it preaches.
The religious spirit will also brow beat others in their religiosity but fail to apply mercy and grace. Their ways are higher than God’s ways! They have all the answers and if you don’t like their way of doing things well you are just not welcome into their little camp.
We Christian’s throw around the religious spirit doctrine alot when we don’t like to listen to someone else’s view point and have our own heart examined. Sectarianism is a principle attribute of the religious spirit.
Finally, the Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus the Bible tells us. Sounds pretty harsh but the religious spirit hates the agenda of the kingdom of God. Notice how the Pharisees conspired to take Jesus and hand him over to Rome because they were afraid of loosing their place! (John 11)
The religious spirit on pretence will attack a true Christian because of their perverted version of truth but in reality it’s because the religious spirit knows when the Holy Spirit comes on the scene it’s got to get out of the way. The religious spirit loses its place!
No more running the show! No more praises of men! No more fleesing the sheep! No more control !
So how do you know if you are really dealing with a religious spirit?
Look for the signs !
You will be disliked, trying to control you and conform you, jealous of your walk with God, nit picking you with scriptures taken out of context to brow beat and condemn you, telling you to do something they don’t do and finally rejecting you if you don’t conform to their way of thinking.
The religious spirit is a crafty one. Residing in churches, institutions and even family and friends but be of good cheer because just like Jesus overcame the religious spirit so can we !
How? Jesus resurrection power put the religious spirit in its place. Oh, the religious spirit may deny Holy Spirit power and come against it but will never be able to counterfeit it. The religious spirit will never be able to stop Holy Spirit power either for greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world !
The best way to deal with the religious spirit is to depend on the Holy Spirit !
What does it mean to judge? Many times we hear people say, Don’t judge others! Why all the fuss about being judged? Why don’t we want to be judged? First of all if we have nothing to hide then why do we worry about being judged? Second of all if some one misjudges us then the Lord will defend us. He will prove them wrong, so its really not such a big deal.
However, I will explain the principle of judging according to scriptures and leave it to you to judge !
Don’t judge unless you are willing to be judged !
Judging or making a critical assessment of another always brings that same judgment back to us according to Matthew 7:1-3
The Holy Spirit will reveal to us when we judge others how that we do the same things that we are judging them about. This is a good thing!
God’s Judgment in this life is for for our good ! Judgment is correction in righteous. 2 Timothy 3:16
When the Lord reveals to us how we walk in the same sins that we see in others then we can have empathy for the person in whom we have judged.
We can then be able to take that beam out of our own eye by repenting so that we can pray with love and understanding for the one we have judged. We can pray that the Lord will show them their sin so they can repent , forgive, and come into healing too . James 5:16
The Bible says that if we judge ourselves then we won’t be condemned with the world. 1 Cor. 11:32
Judging our own hearts keeps us humble. The deeper we look into our own affairs the less time we will have to be looking into some one else’s affairs.
God wants us to bear one another’s burden not throw stones at them. Sometimes it takes God’s judgment in our lives to develop wisdom and understanding. Gal. 6:2
We soon find out that the very thing we criticize in another person probably is in our heart in some form of the other as well.
David said that he learned righteousness by God’s judgment on him.
David judged Uriah. He thought that Uriah did not deserve a beautiful godly woman because he was just a base heathen but after God judged him he realized what a heel he was .
Uriah in actuality was a godly man. Maybe not in the same way David was but esteemed in God’s eyes non the less. Uriah was selfless, loyal and giving. He had a servant’s heart. 2 Sam. 11
Christians are called to judge righteous judgment. Its in the Bible! Not according to appearance or the limited information that we have but according to Biblical protocol. John 7:24
We may not know all the facts in a given situation and can misunderstand. So if we are judged by the standards we judge someone else then the Holy Spirit can judge us by that standard in order to reconstruct our hearts.
This principle of judgment can be a good thing if we yield to the correction. It brings the light of the Holy Spirit on our life by revealing our sins, our heart motives, and our failures. This is so that we can make (by God’s power ) adjustments in our own lives.
Judgment by others is painful but be rest assured that God is dealing with them in how they judge us as well.
It is much better to be judged by God in this life than in the next. There are no second chances in eternity. Hebrews 12:11
To judge by definition means to critically evaluate. God judges us all the time according to the Bible. That’s his job. Sometimes he even uses another person to reveal to us our sin. 1 Cor. 11 :22
1 Cor 2:15 is omitted by some modern versions of the Bible but the Greek manuscript says judge…. krino…judge…., determine, call into question, prove.
No where in the Bible does it say not to judge. In fact scriptures tell us to judge righteously and be prepared to have your own heart judged in the process. This is so that we can help the one we have had a controversy with. John 7:24
The Bible tells us to test the fruit, prove all things, be alert, be sober, watch unto prayer. 1 Thess 5:21
Many times those who don’t like to be judged are those who don’t want to deal with their sins. The Lord loves us unconditionally BUT he does not want us to stay the same. Jesus died to save us from our sin but he also saved us from the power of sin. John 3:20,21
The Lord wants us to be changed, transformed, sanctified by his Holy Spirit. Paul said he died every day to his old flesh and so must we. Roman’s 12:2
Don’t be afraid to be judged. Let the light of God shine on your heart when some one judges you. Look to see if there is some truth to what you are being judged about.
When you see a fault in someone else ask the Lord Jesus to show you how you may have some of that same stuff in your own heart. This is so that when we pray then we can identify with the person in whom we have judged. With the Lord’s compassion we are then able to love even more with God’s love that is in our hearts.
In this way we fulfill all the law of Jesus Christ by loving him and loving others also. Gal. 6:2
Did you know that the Lord tells us in his word that there are some things as Christians that we cannot do?
If we do these things then we cannot inherit eternal life. Now I know some preachers will tell you that it’s okay if you live after the fallen nature and make it to heaven but I’m not one of them.
If the word says it then it’s TRUE no matter who says other wise. Now you can give me all kinds of doctrinal leans that skip over these truths but I for one am not buying it and in my opinion its awfully foolish to reject God’s word in favor of somebody’s opinion.
I am a grace preacher but what separates me from some grace preachers is that I believe scriptures teach that if you are truly born of God then you will live like you are truly born of God.
The Holy Spirit’s job is not just to comfort us when we are going through trials but also to instruct us in righteousness, convict us of sin and remind us of God’s judgment for those who LIVE AFTER the fallen nature. John 16:8
So let’s examine the scriptures concerning what we cannot do as Christians and make it to heaven.
We cannot drink of the Lord’s cup and the cup of devils nor can we sit at the Lord’s table and also at the table of devils. (1 Cor. 10:20)
In other words eating and drinking communally with Satan’s kingdom and also in God’s kingdom, such as watching demonically inspired movies, hanging out in Satan’s den of debauchery, participating in demonic activities of any kind then going to church on Sunday and maybe a prayer meeting or two.
No, it’s either one or the other. Remember that Jesus said if we are luke warm he will spew us out of his mouth. We have to make a choice. God or the devil.
We cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve money, worldly affairs or any thing contrary to God’s word and serve God too. Again it’s a choice we have to make. Following after worldly success and ambitions or God’s agenda. (Matthew 6:24)
We cannot love the world and have God’s love in us too. If we love anything more than God then we cannot have God’s love flowing through us.
If we don’t put God first in our lives then we will not be able to have his full love and devotion to give to others. We reap what we sow in life. It’s as simple as that. (1 John 2:15, 16)
We cannot walk in darkness and in the light too. Sounds only obvious but in actuality when we sin we open our lives up to darkness and give Satan place in our lives. When Satan has place then he wants more place. Pretty soon the light that was in us becomes crowded out with darkness. ( 1 John 1:16,17 Matthew 6:23)
We cannot serve God and mammon too. Now money in and of itself is not evil. If Money is used by God and for God then money is in its proper place BUT if we serve money by letting it be our master then it becomes mammon. An idolatrous idol. We cannot serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24)
In conclusion, scriptures make it clear that we must choose who we will serve. The first commandment tells us to love God first above anything else. To do other wise reveals we do not really belong to God anyway. (Luke 10:27)
Do you have a decision to make today? (Joshua 24: 14,15)
If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father; Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1,2)
I think the Lord was trying to make a statement like, “I have now cleansed the land.”
Repentance will often lead to tears of sorrow. The salt in our tears are heart cleansing so after a good heart wrenching cry of repentance the soul is cleansed by God.
Our tears also have a physical effect on our body. Scientific studies have shown that tears help the body recover from stress by excreting excess proteins and the cortisol hormone which can be damaging to the body in excess. Emotional tears also release endorphins responsible for reducing pain and improving mood.
Salt cleanses from disease. Our bodies have a perfect balance of salt and water. If we don’t have enough salt in our system then disease may rear it’s ugly head. It’s the same with sin. Sin is a deadly disease. Not only can it kill physically but it can kill spiritually.
That is why the Lord calls his church to be the salt of the earth. As long as God’s people are here there is healing and salvation. But what happens if the salt looses its saltiness? Sin creeps into society and the world becomes perverted. Only salt purifies and preserves.
The ungodly can trod all over the world when there is an unsalty church and that is why we are exhorted by the Lord to be like salt. Be life preserving. Bring the salt to a sin infected world. Bring to others the cleansing of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
All we have to do is look at the lives of David, Jacob, Joseph and others in scripture to see that bad choices have bad out comes.
While we can always find forgiveness in Jesus from our sin but he does not erase the consequences we experience for our wrong choices.
David was called to be a ruler but he found out through temptation that he had sin in his heart. Lust, greed, and a sense of privilege.
After David sinned he suffered from his bad choices. He lost a child and ended up in many battles that might not have occurred had he been obedient to God.
Joseph was prideful and boastful. He ended up making enemies because he had a fat head. Where did that get him? In the clink! He had to be humbled in order to find out that he wasn’t such a big shot.
Jacob was a big fibber and could decieve and manipulate others. Those choices of his because of the sin in his heart ended up having him working for a bigger deciever and manipulator than himself !
Do you see a pattern here? Yeah you are right! You reap what you sow !
Spiritual principles are the same as natural principles. You throw a ball in the air and it can land right back down on your head!
There is a reason that Jesus told people he healed, “Go and sin no more lest a worst thing happen to you.”
Our sin will always end up with dire consequences. Wrong choices which usually come from a wrong heart attitude will always work out for our good IF we love God and are called according to his purpose.
When we make wrong choices the Lord reveals to us our heart attitudes that need changing by the consequences of our wrong choices. Want to know what the sin is in your heart ? Just take a look at what you reaped from those wrong choices.
When we see our sin for what it is, we can confess our sins and ask for forgiveness and restoration. BUT if we refuse to look at our sin and keep going in the same direction we will find ourselves in a continual pattern of repeated wrong choices with repeated consequential events.
Sin not dealt with just becomes a cycle of bad attitude, bad choices and bad outcomes.
Now for the dreaded word! REPENTANCE. It is not enough to see our sin and confess our sin. Unless we repent we will perish the Bible tells us.
Repeatedly sinning because of undealt with heart attitudes will have dire consequences for us. We must put our hearts on the altar and have the Lord slay the dragon which rules in our flesh.
Once we acknowledge our sin we can then ask the Lord to help us not to continue in that sin. God gives us power to say no to temptation if we call on him to help us and he can even change our stony heart and make it soft and pliable by his Holy Spirit.
Life is a learning process and it is up to us to yield to the Lord in surrender so that he can make us what he wants us to be. That’s why scriptures tell us that ALL THINGS are working together for our good!
Even our wrong choices can end up revealing to us our heart condition so that we can repent and be changed from one degree of God’s glory into another.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Many of us know that the seed of God’s word falling on thorny ground does not grow properly because of being choked out by the desire for this world’s goods.
What we don’t take a closer look at is that the seed of God’s word gets drown out also by the cares of this life or merimna in the Greek that translates as distractions.
While we may not be trying to climb the ladder of success in order to get rich or living to gratify our bodily appetites what we do a lot of is let distractions get in the way of our spiritual life.
Yes, this seems to be the big issue we face day to day in trying to maintain a close walk with the Lord.
Satan is a clever rascal. He knows that we probably are not going to buy into get rich quick schemes or raid the fridge to eat all of the left over birthday cake, (after all we have some restraint) but what he does and does a lot is distract us.
Distractions come in various forms. Talking too long on the phone when we are supposed to be praying, watching too many videos instead of reading the word, spending too much time in fellowship with people instead of in communion with the Holy Spirit.
We all do it and then we wonder what happened ! Where is God? Where is his presence? Did I do something wrong?
Well, yeah! We just ignored the Holy Spirit who was tugging at our heart and continued to get carried away with distractions.
Alright! I get it Lord Jesus! Losing a sense of God’s presence is like the hammer that has to fall on my head before I come to my senses.
Now, I’m listening Lord. Distractions! That’s what it is! Dialing heaven for self control!
It’s all a matter of priorities. Do we want to be a vessel ready for the Lord’s use ? Then it means giving up more than just pursuing worldly affairs. It means not letting distractions of life drown out God’s voice. Not letting even seemingly harmless things become more important than our time with God.
Unless we draw from the Holy Spirit in our prayer closet and fill our hearts with his word we will end up being only spiritual duds. All talk and no action. All religion and no anointing.
Distractions drown out the word of God sown by the Holy Spirit into our heart and that’s what we have to be on guard for. Old slew foot knows that distractions are his most powerful weapon against a Christian pursuing after God.
So we just have to say no to his sneaky agenda and ignore those distractions when they come our way. If there is one thing that Satan is afraid of it’s a prayed up filled with the word of God daily Christian.
With the Lord’s help we can make those distractions take a back seat and wait for us.
Don’t let distractions choke out your spiritual destiny!
The testing of our faith will result in blessings if we keep our eyes on Jesus!
1 Peter 1:7 scripture tells us that our faith will be proven or tested by fire and that in eternity it will be shown how much glory our lives brought to the Lord Jesus.
While we know that Satan is the tempter and originator of every evil what is not commonly known is that it is God who is the one that proves our faith in every trial that we encounter.
We can see this in John chapter 6 when Jesus had a large crowd expecting to be fed and he asked his disciple Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these people may eat?”
Then the scriptures say that Jesus said this to PROVE him. In other words to test his faith.
So from this we can see that when we are up against an impossible situation the Lord Jesus may say to us, “Well, what are we going to do ?”
In other words, “Do you believe I am able? Are you going to have faith in me for this one?” Jesus asks.
Phillip looked at the situation and saw a whole bunch of people needing to eat and not enough money to buy anything.
That’s what we do when we come up against a situation that looks pretty hopeless. “Lord Jesus what are we going to do ?”
John tells us that Jesus knew all along what he was going to do but he asked Phillip the question in order to prove his faith. Do you really believe that I am the Messiah of Israel? Well, if you do then why are you doubting?
Then another disciple had a plan. Andrew says, “There is a boy here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: BUT what are they among so many?”
In other words Andrew saw a solution but his vision was limited. We have the means BUT the problem is so big!
Here we have a disciple who can’t wrap his head around the problem because he does not trust in the Lord Jesus. Notice that Phillip’s solution was “If we only had more money!”
How many of us think that if we just had an increase in finances all our problems would go away?
Then we have another disciple who knows that Jesus is able to use what we have but he can’t see how that could possibly come about.
Jesus we know is able to supply our needs but our faith is small. We see a small loaf and a small fish. The problem is bigger than our small amount of faith.
What does Jesus do to fix the situation? He makes every one sit down and give thanks! Wait a minute! You mean we can do nothing? Just sit at Jesus’ feet and give thanks? Exactly!
When the problem is beyond our means then we just have to put our trust solely in the Lord Jesus!
After Jesus gave thanks he took the loaves and fishes and distributed it to the disciples. The disciples gave to the people.
When we put our trust in the Lord Jesus and continue to praise him and give thanks for the answer to our problems, as we sit at his feet in prayer seeking his face, putting our trust in him, then the Lord Jesus will come through for us. He will always makes a way where there seems to be no way.
Notice that as the disciples recieved their miracle they gave out from that miracle. It is important to give out of what God gives to us! The more you give to others the more blessings the Lord will give to you. It’s a continual flowing of divine provision.
Have you got a great testimony? A revelation? A financial break through? A compassionate heart for the lost? Whatever the Lord has multiplied to you when you give out to others just like recorded in John’s testimony you will have nothing lost on that day when you stand before the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact you will have so much left over that your store house will over flow.
After your faith is tested by fire and proven faithful with miracles occurring in your life, ultimately you will bring glory to Jesus Christ.
Those seeing your life of faith in the Messiah Jesus Christ will say, “Of a truth, this is a child of God! “
Are you in need of a miracle from Jesus today? Then sit at his feet and thank him ! Praise him for he is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you ask or even think! Wait patiently on the Lord Jesus for he will take the impossible and turn it into a miracle!
God’s word produces faith because the truth sets us free!
According to 1 Thessalonians 2:13 when we receive the word of God, as truth, then the word of God, will effectually works in us who believe it.
To work effectually in the Greek is energeō which means to be ferverently and effectively active.
So in other words if we believe the scriptures as truth in our hearts then the word of God is able to produce an outcome or result with intensity and passion.
The key to this effective ferverent working of God’s word to produce a desired outcome for us is to BELIEVE.
What does it mean to believe? The word believe in this verse is translated pisteuō which means to have faith, trust and confidence in.
How do we get this faith, trust and confidence in?
Roman’s 10:17 says faith comes by HEARING And HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.
Wait a minute ! You mean in order to believe the word of God I must hear the word of God and believe it? Yes, you see unless the word that you hear is mixed with faith it will not bring you any profit. You can be a hearer but not a doer of the word of God the Bible says.
So you must hear the word of God being proclaimed AND then you must understand what you are hearing. Holy Spirit revelation or rhema is what produces faith.
Faith comes by hearing or inclining your ear to hear and hearing or the ability to hear as receiving truth comes by the rhema or living word of God through the Holy Spirit.
Head knowledge or theological education does not produce faith. Holy Spirit revelation of God’s word is what produces faith.
So how do I get this Holy Spirit revelation of God’s word? By inclining your ear! Reading the Bible with your ear open to heaven. Listening to the Holy Spirit as he opens your understanding to his truth.
This requires frequent visits to the secret place of the most High or as Jesus put it entering into your prayer closet.
As we pray that our understanding may be enlightened and that we can know what is the hope of our calling and the riches of the inheritance of the Saints. Then the Holy Spirit will reveal to us his word and when our understanding is enlightened we will receive manna from heaven or rhema. THEN faith will come ! ( Ephesians 1:18 )
Remember that Jesus was walking with his disciples after his resurrection and they didn’t know him UNTIL he opened their understanding and expounded to them the scriptures. (Luke 24:27)
When Faith comes by receiving rehma then the word revealed to you will begin to work effectually and fervently to produce the desired result.
What are you desiring from the Lord Jesus? Healing? Provision? Sanctification? Deliverence? Whatever it is the answer is in the Bible. Read the scriptures concerning your need and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his truth to you about the matter by enlightening your understanding.
Then when faith comes for your need wait patiently for God to effectually work his word to manifest the desired outcome!