Three thousand years ago, God commanded Isaiah to proclaim that His people were disobedient. They had not listened to gain knowledge and could not understand; their eyes and ears were closed, and their hearts were hardened. (See Isaiah 6:9-10) A thousand years later, John the Baptist came preaching to a nation of hard hearts, opening the way for Jesus, who preached to the same hard-hearted people.
Those people were spiritually blind and deaf because they had refused God and had no faith. They had continually turned from the Lord, and He hardened their hearts. But Jesus desired for them to come to Him to be healed with forgiveness of their sins.
Jesus taught His disciples: “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.” (Luke 8:10) Paul wrote, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.” (Romans 11:8)
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” In other words, faith is the confirmation of things we hope for, the proof of what we do not see, and the conviction of their reality. Faith discerns what is not revealed to human senses. Therefore, faith is the trust and holy passion that gives birth to the divine testimony in our hearts.
When the Lord calls us to His Grace and Apostleship, He places us under the authority of His Spirit in order to fulfill His purpose in us. He gives us faith because He loves us and wants us to become what He intends us to be. That faith produces the fruit of obedience, the desire of God carried out in our lives.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship at 11 a.m., our Sunday Evening Service at 7 p.m., and our Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can also be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.