OUR FAITH CAN GROW
The Bible tells us that we have each received a measure of faith.
Romans 12:3 ‘God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.’
The Bible tells us that our faith can grow.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 ‘We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.’
1. LITTLE FAITH
Luke 12:28 ‘If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will He clothe you – you of little faith!’
2. GREAT FAITH
Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those following Him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.’
3. FULL OF FAITH
Acts 6:5 ‘They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.’
Our faith increases as we feed on the FOOD OF FAITH, which is the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’
The Bible also says that we can grow ‘from faith to faith.’
Romans 1:17 ‘For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.’
God’s ultimate plan for us is that we should live the LIFE OF FAITH. Through meditation on God’s Word our faith will grow. Meditate!
WE ARE CALLED TO LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH!
Faith is like an adventure or a trip in which we move from point “A” to point “B”. At point “A” we exercise our faith, possible by way of praying the ‘prayer of faith’. Our problem comes as we endeavour to move from that prayer of faith to point “B”, the answer to the prayer. How does one bridge this gap? Well, the Bible is very clear on this point in that it clearly states that we must add to our faith ‘ENDURANCE’.
Hebrews 6:12 ‘…follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.’ (New Living Translation)
In other words once we have prayed the prayer of faith we must NOT give up on expecting the answer to be forthcoming. Jesus is more interested in our faith lives than most of us realize. Part of His current ministry is to assist us to move on to mature faith.
Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus is the ‘AUTHOR and the FINISHER of our faith.’
Imagine being personally taught by Jesus? ‘Looking unto Jesus’ is therefore the key to experiencing the ‘finishing of our faith’. Jesus, through His Word is the One who takes us from point “A” to point “B”. God’s ultimate plan for us is that we should live a life of faith. Six centuries before Christ, the prophet Habakkuk said, ‘The righteous shall LIVE BY FAITH’. (This is one of the two occurrences of the word ‘faith’ in the Old Testament). This statement of the prophet is quoted three times in the New Testament, in Romans 1:17, in Galatians 3:11 and in Hebrews 10:38. It calls on us to cover every area of our living with faith. Let us live a life of faith!
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