The Stages of Faith
This is an excerpt from Derek Prince’s book The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Handbook, as he comments on Romans 10:17 ‘so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’
As I read this it brought me a fresh perspective on this verse.
There are three successive stages in the spiritual process here described: 1.God’s Word, 2. Hearing, 3. Faith. God’s Word does not immediately produce faith, but only hearing. Hearing May be described as an attitude of aroused interest and attention, a sincere desire to receive and to understand the message presented. Then out of hearing there develops faith.
It is important to see that the hearing of God’s Word initiates a process in the soul out of which faith develops and that this process requires a minimum period of time. This explains why there is so little faith to be found among so many professing Christians…
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