Apostle Grace Lubega
Luke 6:17 (KJV); And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
In our theme scripture, the writer of the gospel of Luke reveals a critical order in the things of the Spirit. He says that the multitude that followed Jesus came to HEAR HIM AND TO BE HEALED.
They did not come to be healed and then to hear Him and neither did they come for only healing.
This order is deliberate because, in the mind of the Spirit, hearing comes first. God expects this to be the mindset of every Christian regarding the teaching of the gospel.
When we attend service, we do not merely attend to be delivered. We attend to hear God and then be delivered. We do not merely come for transformation, we come to hear the Word of God and then be transformed.
This means that any form of change, whether it be healing or deliverance, starts with hearing the Word. It is hearing God’s Word that builds faith in the hearts of men, for He says in Romans 10:17 that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
In Ecclesiastes 5:1, the Bible says, “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and BE MORE READY TO HEAR than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.”
Thus, this order of hearing first does not only apply to church services but also extends to our private places of communion with God. Even when you pray, be more eager to hear what God is telling you than being more interested in what you must say to Him or what you desire to receive from Him.
FURTHER STUDY: Ecclesiastes 5:1, Romans 10:17
GOLDEN NUGGET: When we attend service, we do not merely attend to be delivered. We attend to hear God and then be delivered. We do not merely come for transformation, we come to hear the Word of God and then be transformed. Any form of change, whether it be healing or deliverance, starts with hearing the Word of God. It is hearing God’s Word that builds faith in the hearts of men.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the great and irreplaceable gift of Your Word. Thank You for the beauty of Your instructions. My spirit is constantly open to listen and respond to what You are saying. I am tuned in to Your convictions in any place and at any time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.