So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
I recently read “Celebration of Discipline,” by Richard J. Foster, about different practices of Christianity and growing in your relationship with Christ. One chapter was about study, which is pretty much my favorite Christian “discipline.” It’s no surprise that I love studying and discovering truth in the Word and how it all works together. Foster make some fascinating points worth sharing:
“Study involves four steps. The first is repetition. Repetition regularly channels the mind in a specific direction, thus ingraining habits of thought. We may smile condescendingly at the old teaching method of recitation, but we must realize that sheer repetition without even understanding what is being repeated does affect the inner mind. Ingrained habits of thought can be formed by repetition alone, thus changing behavior.”
It seems that faith in anything can come by enough repetition. Even more surprising:
“It is not even important that the person believe what he or she is repeating, only that it be repeated. The inner mind is thus trained and will eventually respond by modifying behavior to conform to the affirmation.”
So if it doesn’t even matter if you believe it when you start repeating it.
All the more reason to make sure you are getting God’s truth into your heart and mind. Memorizing Scripture, writing down Bible verses, talking about the word with your families, posting different verses on your walls, on your journals, teaching your children to memorize Scripture, simply repeating the word out loud or in your heart…it is just too easy to believe things that aren’t true simply because we hear them all the time. Let’s fill our hearts with truth that we can trust is from the Lord.
Here are a few delicious faith-building Bible quotes of who God is and how He relates to us. I encourage you to pick a verse or two, write it down on an index card, and read it aloud, tonight, tomorrow, all week. Carry it with you on errands, to work, while you’re with your family. Think on it, meditate on it, repeat it aloud, memorize with your family or just say it in your heart, that you may believe and have faith by hearing the truth of God’s word!
- “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8)
- “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)
- “The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord have no lack!” (Psalm 34:10)
- “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.” (Psalm 33:4-5)
- “Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her…” Ephesians 5:25
- “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
- “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.” Psalm 19:7
- “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
…also, if you like to use Pinterest, do a search for free Bible verse printables! There are plenty!