“……… but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. “ Hebrews 4:2 KJV
A catalyst facilitates change; it makes things happen! For example, Alka-Seltzer without water has no effervescence, flour without yeast produces no bread, seeds without sunshine means no flowers, blue without yellow means no green, a spark without air produces no flame. Faith makes God's Word work in your life. Without it absolutely nothing happens.
Talking about the Israelites, The Hebrew writer said, “ For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” One author says: “Without specific catalysts certain results can never be achieved. To make spiritual progress, it's not enough to read the Bible or listen to sermons. The activating ingredient to understanding is faith. After we hear God's message, we must act on it...Maybe you're experiencing bitterness or anger because of a failed relationship and God told you to put those emotions behind you, but you lack the will to do it. Let me encourage you; trust God's Word and act in faith. His promises will bloom in your life, once you activate your faith.”
Faith is not intellectual assent, simply quoting Scripture or just talking loud and saying nothing. It's acting on it, confident that God will do what He promised. So then, the question is, are you really trusting God? You may think that a chair will hold you up, but, only when you sit down and put your full weight on it, are you trusting in it.
Rev. Dr. Major Stewart, Pastor
Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Sunday, July 2, 2017