Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
1Jn 1:1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
It’s amazing to note the level of consistency of the scriptures. Most times, I marvel at the level of consistency in thoughts, in writing and in presentation.
The everyday life of a follower of Christ ought to ladened with learning and receiving directional instruction for life. A life that lacks directives may end in no where.
Hence, it’s important that on a daily basis, we open our hearts to God such that He can pour out His mind to us (learning of Him), then he can direct our paths in life (receiving from Him).
Your life will reflect how much of learning you have received. The quality of your walk or journey in life will also reflect how much of instructions you have received.
Therefore, we must position ourselves such that we can learn of God, receive from God. To learn from God, you must hear from Him. Those that cannot hear God cannot learn of God.
Mark 4:23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Ability to hear is not automatic. It involves the process of capacity building. Building oneself in the faith, growing daily by the word of God. Romans10:17 So then faith comes as a result of your capacity to hear, and the capacity to hear is produced by the word of God. (My Paraphrase). Therefore, you need to build up the capacity to hear God by giving yourself to diligent, relentless study of the word of God.
So, when you have now developed the ability to hear, you’ll now have the ability to do. Faith is putting what you have heard into action. Taking a step in acting upon what you have heard.
James describes it thus; James 2:18, 20 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
This is what he meant, you cannot say you have faith and not swing into action. When faith is activated, work will be done. Many have translated that scripture to ‘job’ or earning money. But it’s more than that.
Faith is acting on God’s word without fear or restrain. Faith is putting to action what you have heard. Therefore, you cannot have faith without taking steps. Taking a step of faith is the work mentioned by James.
Hence, as a believer, you need to learn of God by knowing His mind per time, then, receive directions from Him about your life. This will be enhanced by your ability to hear God and you taking a step of Faith. God bless you. Enjoy Grace.