Romans chapter 10 verse 17 says this “ So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Earlier, in chapter 1 Paul says this “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
In the spiritual sense, “eating” occurs primarily when one hears and reads. A person ingests messages and concepts into the mind through words, which establish and nourish his pattern of life. Those words, if a person allows it, create a faith upon which one bases the way he or she lives. This faith is almost entirely dependent upon the quality of what is heard/read and whether a person believes it enough to follow it. These verses reveal that only the words of God or Christ, His gospel, His truths, will form the faith that leads to salvation because they will form the correct beliefs and thus the correct way of life. This is the faith of Christ; the person who has it believes what Christ believes. This is a simple, understandable, true formula.
As I speak in different churches the message I am bringing repeatedly is one I am learning myself again and again and that is to ask myself the question “ What am I reading and listening to”? Am I seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” or am I seeking things, people, inputs etc that may satisfy me now according to my own flesh but which are actually taking me away from Gods Kingdom rule, away from his righteousness?
I encourage you to examine yourself as I am. It might hurt but its eternally worth it!
Have a great week.