For some reason, I can remember the lyrics to songs I heard years ago back in high school. Here’s a perfect example. Recently at a celebration of life party for a dear friend who had passed away, the song “I’ll Be Missing You” by none other than P Diddy himself came on. This song was HUGE when I was a senior in high school. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing it. So the first verse hits and I’m standing beside one of my old youth (back from my youth pastor days) and we both start mouthing the lyrics. We looked at each other and couldn’t help but to burst out laughing! Huh? Why do I STILL remember this song?
One answer. Repetition. When you hear something over and over again, your mind can’t help but to capture it. That’s why after all these years I can still rock the lyrics to P Diddy.
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
For believers, there are different ways to build your faith. One of the most effective ways is to hear God’s Word. Hear it over and over and over…get it? You need the repetition! When your faith weakens, chances are you haven’t heard God’s Word for a while. That’s why it’s so important to submit yourself to a Pastor who speaks God’s Word in a way you hear and receive it.
Remember this. What you hear is what you’ll believe.
- If you hear fear all the time, that’s what you’ll believe.
- If you hear poor all the time, that’s what you’ll believe.
- If you hear sick all the time, that’s what you’ll believe.
- If you hear faith all the time, that’s what you’ll believe.
Make sure that the dominant message you hear today doesn’t come from Fox News, or CNN, or Rush Limbaugh, or ESPN. Make sure you are hearing faith, the Good News about Christ. I promise you that you’re going to need faith today way more than last nights Lakers score.
So I have this little game that I play. I can pretty much sing any song I want, and it will get stuck in my wife’s head. The most recent song, “Mr. Boombastic” by Shaggy. Mr. Lover lover, girl…Ha!