He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He
do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Don’t Sacrifice Hearing For Doing
Once, when I had finished preaching, a young couple came up to me to
share their testimony. The lady had been healed of leukemia and four
tumors in her brain. Her boyfriend, a recent graduate in medicine from a
university in Sydney, Australia, saw her scans and confirmed it. I
asked the boyfriend how she was healed and he said that it was simply by
listening to my messages!
My friend, God who performs miracles among you, does He do it by the
hearing of faith or by the works of the law? It is by the hearing of
faith—hearing and believing. The works of the law cannot give you
miracles, but the hearing of faith can. The Bible says that by the
foolishness of preaching, God sozos you. That is, He saves, heals, blesses and makes you whole (1 Corinthians 1:21).
For example, when Paul was preaching in Lystra, a crippled man who
was listening to the apostle had faith to be healed. All Paul had to do
was shout to him, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And the man leaped
and walked (Acts 14:10).
Beloved, don’t sacrifice hearing for doing. In the Old Testament, the
Israelites made the golden calf from gold earrings. Gold in the Bible
speaks of divinity and earrings, hearing. Together they speak of divine
hearing. The calf is an animal of labor. In other words, by worshipping
the golden calf, the Israelites were worshipping the god of labor and
sacrificing divine hearing for doing. That is what a lot of Christians
are doing today. They focus on doing and sacrifice hearing.
So don’t fall into this trap. Your works or self-efforts cannot save
you or bring about the miracle you need. Just keep hearing about and
meditating on what Jesus has done for you. Believe the good news and
rest in Jesus’ finished work. Faith will come to empower you to stand,
walk and leap in victory!