FAITH

Faith, a common word in our society. Five letters, yet such a powerful meaning. We all talk about it, we hear songs about it, we acknowledge our need of it, some seem to have a lot of it, some have little of it, but the word tells us in Romans 12:3, we all been given a measure of it.

We know also that faith is a requirement in our relationship with God.
(Heb. 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.)

To say that you have no faith would be admitting you are unpleasing to God.

Lets talk about the principles facts of faith:
1.Faith must be a recognized need.
2.Faith can be obtained, but not purchased. Only one way to receive it;
3.Faith must be planted and cultivated, or exercised to increase!
4.Faith must be put into action to see results.

Recognizing the Need Faith
To increase our faith, we first need to recognize the need for faith. We read in Hebrews 11 that if “we have no faith, we cannot be pleasing to God.” Without faith, we would be unable to live for God. Our salvation is by faith, and remains anchored to our faith. Look at Romans 1:17; This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

By recognizing our need for faith, we can begin to build our faith.

How to Obtain Faith
As I stated earlier, the Word tells us (Romans 12:3) that God has given us all a measure of faith. So when and how does God give us this ‘measure?’ This scripture will give you that answer:
Rom. 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Dig into the word. Seek more of Gods word and you will obtain faith. It is impossible any other way!

Increasing Your Faith
Jesus himself gave us the greatest illustration of increasing faith.
He compared the measure we are given to the mustard seed; tiny, but producing great results.
(Luke 17:5-6)
(V5) The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”
(V6) The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!

Jesus had previously talked about the mustard seed when He compared that smallest of seeds to the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 13:31- 32 KJV) (V31) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
(V32) Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

What is Jesus trying to teach us about faith in these scriptures? Well, he is trying to paint us a very simple yet powerful illustration of increasing faith. We know that we have been given a measure faith. All the money, in all the banks in the entire world, can’t buy you more faith. We each have the responsibility, and the privilege, of taking that small seed of faith, planting it, and watch it grow. Every time you step out by faith and defeat the enemy, it leaves you stronger and mightier than before. You can face the eight-foot giant tomorrow, because of the encouragement you have inside from defeating the six-foot giant yesterday. Each battle tempers your faith. Each victory leaves you stronger for the next time.

David’s life was a good example of Growing Faith:

  1. David faced the lion and defeated him.
  2. David then killed a bear
  3. David stood up to and defeated the giant
  4. David became a Mighty King
  5. David became ‘a man after Gods own heart’ because of his great faith!

I will talk more on this subject soon!

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