Based on Biblical Text: Romans 10:8:
The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.
I would like to use this text to take a close look at our faith. Let’s focus on the faith Paul says we ought to preach. Let us consider the faith that should be in our mouth, and in our heart, where it comes from, and how it gets deposited into our spirit.
Faith is God’s provision for us made available by His mercy and His grace. It is drawn from the unseen realm of the spirit to this natural earthly realm. The amount of faith we take out of the storehouse depends exclusively on how much we hope for. The Bible reminds us that, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1).
It may be a little difficult for some folk to understand just how God’s storehouse of faith could be full of everything we need. When we try to comprehend God’s provision, our programmed minds quickly turn to the material things of life. This is true most times because we think of God’s provision as tangible sustenance. Sustenance, for the most part, we think is bread, water, shelter, finances, and other material comforts. However, God’s storehouse does not operate quite like that. The faith plan operates more like, when we desire food and shelter, God provides opportunity. When our desire is healing, God provides strength.
Hearing deposits faith into our spirit. Our hearing is God’s transport system. The Bible says, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). The truth of the matter is no one can build a faith foundation without first hearing the Word of God. Yes, the God who can do anything could have chosen other ways to send His Word to us. However, He wanted us to be more than mere puppets without choice. Thus, God requires us to hear His Word and make a personal decision. The grand design of salvation simply says, if we hear the Word and confess that Christ is our Savior, and we believe in our heart that Christ was raised from the dead, we shall be saved. The formula for salvation simply requires that we hear and then believe.
I believe the difficulty for some folk to truly grasp the real meaning of the Word lies in its simplicity. It may sound oversimplified; however, the reality of our relationship with God is that we merely have to hear and accept God’s deposit of faith in our spirit. There is no need for us to prove our value to God. The truth is God wants us, sins and all.
So, faith is God’s provision for us, and our hearing is God’s transport system. Then, there needs to be a storage place for all that we hear. That storage place is our heart. It is the place where faith is stored. The Bible says, “for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” Our heart holds all the deposited promises of God, waiting for us to make a withdrawal. To withdraw, we need but to speak the Word of faith.
Seasoned Christians make small faith withdrawals from the heart all day long without hesitation. In many little ways, we allow God’s provision of faith to take up residence in our hearts. But that heart storage is not just for the little things. It’s for the big things also.
The faith stored in our heart is good for a withdrawal when our back is up against the wall and we don’t know which way to turn. The faith stored in our heart is good for a withdrawal when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and when we have been kicked, ruined, weakened, or shackled by circumstance beyond our control.
When Satan has kicked us, we can make a faith withdrawal, and God will lift us up. When we have been blindsided with sin, we can make a faith withdrawal, and God will forgive us.