Those are two powerful words. They are not passive words. They are words that command you to do something.
We can hear God’s Word and believe it.
Mary humbly submitted herself to the miraculous plan of God for the incarnation of his only begotten Son – the Word of God made flesh in her womb – by declaring: I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38). Mary heard the word spoken to her by the angel sent by God and she believed it.
On another occasion Jesus remarked that whoever does the will of God is a friend of God and a member of his family – his sons and daughters who have been ransomed by the precious blood of Christ (Luke 8:21). They are truly blessed because they know their God personally and they find joy in hearing and obeying his word.
Hearing his word means we actually listen and digest. After we digest, belief is a product of faith. Faith is active. In Hebrews 11:1 says ‘Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’