"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Notice how in Romans 10:17, the word "hearing" is written twice. The reason for this is because back in those times when this was written, repeating a word was a way to express the importance and in this scripture, "hearing the word of God".
God designed our brains to be so intricate.
He has created our brains to be very clever.
Our brains have been designed to remember something when we hear or see it repeatedly. (Romans 12:2) This is a very clever thing our brains can do, however, this can also be a bad thing, for example, if we continually listen to a song about death, our brain remembers the lyrics to that song, which keeps us thinking about death.
A common example is that we may hear a preacher say several times, "God wants you to follow your dreams and more". God does not say to live your best life now, but says that our life will be difficult if we truly stand for His sake (Luke 6:22, 2 Corinthians 12:10, Matthew 5:10).
Hearing these heretical messages, slowly without even realising it, will cause you to start changing your thoughts on what you know the bible says, how God wants you to live, and instead, you will start believing what you are hearing being said by pastors. Line up what your pastor is saying with the Word of God. (Matthew 6:33, Colossians 3:23, 2 Corinthians 5:15)
READ YOUR BIBLE!
It is so important that we renew our minds in God's Word every day. There is so much rubbish that we hear or read daily, so all the more we need to be renewing our minds with God's Word.
We must keep our minds steadfast on Him, having a Kingdom mindset so that we are thinking on things that are holy, just and good.
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." -Philippians 4:8
Please remember, what you spend your time hearing and reading is what your mind will be meditating on. God says to meditate on His Word day and night (Psalm 1:2). He created us. He designed our brains and knows how it all works. He knows the importance of thinking on good things, which is why He tells us over and over again in His Word to read it and refresh our minds every day in it.
Let us go away today meditating on God and His Word. Let us bear fruits from doing so.
Ask the Lord to help you to stay focused on things that are good instead of letting our minds be filled with things of the world.