NLT - 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
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Acts 16:13-15, "After a few days in this city we went outside the gates beside a river as it was the Sabbath and it was the customary place for prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the meeting. One of these women was called Lydia, a woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade, and revered God. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized she kept urging us, 'If you judge me a true believer in the Lord,' she said, 'Come and stay with us.' And she would take no refusal." In Luke 1:57- 70, we read of John the baptist's baptism. Verse 67, this prophecy was spoken: “...and proclaimed by the mouth of his holy prophets from ancient times, that He should save us from our enemies and from the hands of all those who hate us.” You see, it is spoken and we receive it by hearing, then the seed of faith grows in our hearts. Even Lydia was loved by God, but when she heard, God opened her heart to believe, to trust God. Romans 10:17: "But it is in that way faith comes from hearing, and that means hearing the word of Christ." Titus 2:11-13: God's grace has been revealed to the whole human race. It is by this grace that we hear, and see that we wait in hope for the blessings yet to come. Hebrews 11: Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for. As we meditate on God's words we come to understand. Are we listening? Are we hearing? He speaks through His Words in the Bible.
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