Romans 10:17 - Getting More Faith.

Romans 10:17 (NKJV) So then faith comes by 
hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  

Romans 10:17 (NLT) So faith comes from 
hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. 


This verse is an important statement of the 
nature and source of true faith. Genuine faith is 
not a blind confidence to be exercised in the 
absence of adequate evidence. Faith is our 
conviction about things that we cannot see (Heb. 11:1), 
and this conviction must be founded upon 
knowledge, a knowledge based upon the Word of God, the 
message about Christ. As a means of developing a 
transforming and enduring faith, there is no substitute 
for the regular and earnest study of the Bible. 
[SDA Bible Commentary] 

The creative energy that called the worlds 
into existence is in the word of God (Psa.33:6, 
9). This word imparts power; it begets life. 
Every command is a promise; accepted by the will, 
received into the soul, it brings with it the life of 
the Infinite One. It transforms the nature and 
re-creates the soul in the image of God (2Pe.1:4).  {Ed 


   "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by 
the word of God." Rom. 10:17. The Scriptures are 
the great agency in the transformation of 
character. Christ prayed, "Sanctify them through Thy 
truth; Thy word is truth." John 17:17. If studied 
and obeyed, the word of God works in the heart, 
subduing every unholy attribute. The Holy Spirit 
comes to convict of sin, and the faith that 
springs up in the heart works by love to Christ, 
conforming us in body, soul, and spirit to His own 
image. Then God can use us to do His will. The 
power given us works from within outwardly, 
leading us to communicate to others the truth that 
has been communicated to us.   
   The truths of the word of God meet man's 
great practical necessity--the conversion of the 
soul through faith. These grand principles are 
not to be thought too pure and holy to be 
brought into the daily life. They are truths which 
reach to heaven and compass eternity, yet their 
vital influence is to be woven into human 
experience. They are to permeate all the great things 
and all the little things of life 
   Received into the heart, the leaven of 
truth will regulate the desires, purify the 
thoughts, and sweeten the disposition. It quickens the 
faculties of the mind and the energies of the soul. It 
enlarges the capacity for feeling, for loving. {COL 
100, 101} 


   A while back I was watching a news 
program that was doing a story on a man who had 
lived well past 100. He promised to reveal the key 
to his longevity on the program. So, the news 
crew followed him to a local market, where he 
proudly showed them his secret. 
   He ate a hot dog every day. And it 
wasnt one of those high-quality brands, either. Go 
   You may eat a healthy diet and exercise 
regularly, which means that youll probably have a 
good, strong life in contrast to someone who 
isnt doing those things. But ultimately, God 
numbers and orders your days. He determines the 
length of your life. 
   Jesus said, Can all your worries add a 
single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27 NLT). 
   The answer, of course, is no. In fact, 
worry may even shorten our lives. Studies have 
shown that worry actually can disease our 
digestive organs. It can have a detrimental effect on 
us physically. 
   Worry also indicates a lack of faith. 
Again, in Matthew 6, Jesus said, And if God 
cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here 
today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will 
certainly care for you. Why do you have so little 
faith? (verse 30 NLT).  
   Some have more faith than others. So how 
do we build up our faith? Romans 10:17 gives us 
the answer: So then faith comes by hearing, 
and hearing by the word of God (NKJV). 
   When I hear Gods Word, it puts things 
in perspective. I see everything the way I 
ought to see it. So, its important for us to 
hear the Word of God and bolster our faith. 
   Far too often we doubt our beliefs and 
believe our doubts. Instead, we need to go back to 
what God says in His Word - what we know is true. 
Thats how we build our faith and stop worrying. 
[Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

   ? Hablas espanol?
   With much of South and Central America, 
not to mention Spain, Spanish is one of the most 
spoken languages on the planet. English also ranks 
near the top. Many countries teach English in 
school, even if it's not their official language. 
But the most popular language by far is Mandarin 
Chinese. Some experts estimate more than 1 billion 
people speak Mandarin. 
   Linguists have a difficult time figuring 
out how many languages are spoken around the 
world. The best estimates say around 6,800 
different languages exist. In the United States, 
nearly all 300-plus million people speak English. 
But in the tiny country of Papua New Guinea, 
there are fewer than 5.5 million people, yet they 
speak nearly 830 different languages! 
   Language is important. Without it, we 
wouldn't be able to communicate. Remember the story 
of the Tower of Babel in the Old Testament? 
Their project seemed to be going well until the 
Lord "confused their language" (Genesis 11:7). 
Then everything fell apart. 
   The Bible is clear that God wants all 
people to know him. For people to understand the 
truth about God's love, they must hear God's Word. 
Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, 
that is, hearing the Good News about Christ" 
(NLT). According to Wycliffe Bible Translators, 
parts of God's Word have been translated into 
2,800 languages. More than 500 languages have the 
complete Bible. Another 1,275 feature the New 
Testament. Over 1,000 have at least one book already 
translated. Wycliffe says an additional 1,500 languages 
are actively being worked on so they'll have 
God's Word. That's a lot of work! Take a minute 
right now to pray and ask God to bless and give 
wisdom to the thousands of people who work 
tirelessly to translate God's Word so that his message 
can be known worldwide. 
   Translating the Scriptures into different 
languages is nothing new. New Testament expert Bruce 
Metzger says, "In addition to Greek manuscripts, we 
also have translations of the gospels into other 
languages at a relatively early time - into Latin, 
Syriac, and Coptic." Beyond that, the Gospels were 
quickly translated into Armenian, Gothic, Georgian, 
and Ethiopic. Not only does this show that God's 
Word spread quickly after Jesus died and rose 
from the dead, but it also helps prove the 
accuracy of the New Testament. With so many copies in 
so many languages, experts have confidence that 
the essential message has stayed the same over 
time. [Case For Christ For Kids by Les Strobel] 


Every day I have the honor of sitting down 
with a book that contains the words of the One 
who created me. Every day I have the opportunity 
to let him give me a thought or two on how to 
live. If I don't do what he says, he doesn't burn 
the book or cancel my subscription. If I 
disagree with what he says, lightning doesn't split 
my swivel chair or an angel doesn't mark my 
name off the holy list. If I don't understand 
what he says, he doesn't call me a dummy. In 
fact, he calls me "Son," and on a different page 
explains what I don't understand. In the Eye of the 
Storm by Max Lucado [Inspirational SB] 


Romans 10:17 - Getting More Faith.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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