Romans 10:17 - Building Faith.

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

Romans 10:17 (ESV) So faith comes from 
hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.  

Romans 10:17 (CWR) So faith comes from 
listening to what God says, including His word about 
the Lord Jesus 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 (2 Pe. 1:4).  
{Ed 126}   

   "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} 


Faith Is Gods Word Activated
   God promises thousands of times in the 
Bible that he will act on our behalf if we obey 
him. When I read those promises, it gives me 
confidence. I know that if I do what God asks of me, he 
has promised a certain result.   
   For most of the year 1981, I was 
depressed. The year before, I had moved to Southern 
California to start Saddleback Church. I was exhausted 
emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. I 
felt like I had a cloud over my head that I just 
couldnt escape.  
   Ill never forget some of the verses 
that really activated my faith: But I will not 
drive them out in a single year, because the land 
would become desolate and the wild animals too 
numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them 
out before you, until you have increased enough 
to take possession of the land (Exodus 
23:29-30 NIV). 
   In Exodus 23:29-30, God essentially says 
to the Israelites, You know these enemies? 
Theyre bigger than you. But Im not going to give 
you the whole land in the first year. Youre 
going to take it over a little bit at a time - one 
battle at a time. Youre growing stronger. And 
when youre strong enough to handle it all, 
youll get it all.  
   When I read those verses, it was like a 
promise coming directly to me. I realized I didnt 
have to accomplish it all in the first year. I 
was going to spend the rest of my life serving 
Jesus Christ, and I could do it on his timetable 
and at his pace.  
   That understanding gave me confidence to 
take on enormous goals. The Word activated my 
faith. Gods Word can activate your faith too. 
   Most of us arent confident or 
courageous. In fact, were often scared to death! 
Were afraid to take risks, afraid of failure, and 
afraid of dying. But people of faith should walk 
confidently through life.  
   Do you want to be a person of faith? 
Faith is Gods Word activated. The Bible says in 
Romans 10:17, Faith comes from hearing the 
message, and the message is heard through the word 
about Christ (NIV). 
   Gods Word not only tells you what to 
do. It also gives you the power to do it and 
increases your faith as you do it. [Daily Devotional 
by Rick Warren: 


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] 


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