The subject of faith is a subject that many of us struggle with or have struggled with as believers in the Christian faith. It’s a subject that’s been discussed by great theologians, debated clergymen and women and typically misunderstood by many of us at one time or another. In this article I want us to take a look at 4 (four) of what I believe to be very important things to know when it comes to how to grow In faith as followers of Jesus Christ the Lord of all.
Well, first of all, how do we get the faith that we need for us to live a life that is pleasing to God?
The Bible teaches us that without faith it is impossible to please God and that whoever comes to God must first believe that he is…meaning believe that he is God, And that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Therefore, I believe that we must first begin here…
Faith Comes By Hearing
Let’s start with this. Romans 10:17 NKJV So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
What does that mean? Well, it means that we develop our faith in God by the hearing of his word. The scripture teaches us this by the Apostle Paul when he says…And “how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14
Let me express something else that speaks to me about these words “and hearing by the word of God” You see, every time I read or quote that part of the verse… For a very long time now God the Holy Spirit tells me that the more we hear the word of God, the better that we hear God’s word. Do you see that? Oh, and one more thing. Let’s look at what the Lord Jesus had to say about hearing the word of God.
We find this teaching of Jesus in the Gospel of Mathew, Mark, and Luke which reminds me also that the bible also teaches us that in the mouth of two or three witnesses to let every word be established. So, what did Jesus have to say about our hearing the word of God?
Let’s take this account in Marks Gospel where The Lord Jesus teaches us The Parable of The Sower. This is one my favorite parables if not my absolute favorite. Jesus is teaching us the conditions of the heart in this parable. Where do you find yourself in this teaching? But first, before you start searching your heart, let me bring to your attention what the Lord said in Mark 4:24 …“And unto you, that hear shall more be given.” I could go on and on with just that portion of the verse, but I won’t. So, do you see that what I mentioned about the more we hear the word the better that we will be able to hear it? The Lord Jesus said it himself.
He Loves us, and according to the scripture that’s how our faith works…
Faith Works By Love
The thing that I discovered about “faith working by love” is that we must have a proper love relationship with God first. I believe that we as believers and followers of Jesus Christ which are commanded by him to love the Lord God with all of our hearts, with all of our souls, with all of our minds and all of our strength, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves… I honestly don’t believe we concern ourselves with love as we should. The Lord Jesus also taught us that Love is what everything else hinges upon.
You have probably heard some say that God looks at the heart of man… This is a true saying the word of God even backs it up in Ist Samuel 16:7. What this tells me is that God knows all about our motives and intentions of the heart. This also tells me that if our actions are not motivated by love… God knows this as well. We find in the book of Roman chapter 5 and in verse 5 these words… And hope makes not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given to us.
Love is a gift from God and being able to share the gift of love with others is to have in one’s possession one of the most precious good and perfect gifts from the Father of Lights. Love is an action word just as faith is an action. So, if we want to grow in our faith, we must take a leap of faith and start loving God and each other a lot more than we have. Besides this…Jesus stated that the people will know that we are his disciples by the love that we have towards one another.
Without Obedience Faith Won’t Grow
The commandment to love God and others as we do ourselves is the first step towards honoring our Heavenly Father. Without obedience, to our God and Savior Jesus, our faith just won’t grow.
Think about this for a moment if your will? If you wanted something from your boss on your job, a pay raise in particular. You would have more confidence in asking for that pay raise if you knew that you were doing your job correctly. Wouldn’t you? Also what about when you’ve wanted something from your parents at times and you didn’t do what they asked you to do and they turned your down or did do for you what you wanted them to do. Well, it’s the same with our Father in Heaven.
If we are disobedient to our heavenly Father he to will with-hold the things that we ask of him. The bible teaches us that God chastens whom he loves, just as our earthly parents have chastened us. Hebrews !2.5-11 So if we want to grow confident in our faith we must energize it with obedience. I have discovered that obedience is far better than sacrifice because obedience helps to grow our faith and brings about immediate blessings.
Prayer Helps Us To Grow In Our Faith
I could write another book on prayer alone. But writing another book about prayer won’t help my faith grow. If I desire for my faith to grow through prayer I have to actually Pray. Writing about it and talking about prayer doesn’t do anything for your or me if we are not going to put into practice the things that are written and talked about. The apostle James said that faith without works is dead. So, a relationship with God, that is without prayer is a relationship without God.
Truly, how can we say that we love God if we never talk to Him? James also said that the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and if he has committed any sin it shall be forgiven him. Now that’s some good stuff. James 5:15
So, how do we get to the place and point of having a healthy prayer life that will help us to grow in our faith? I’m glad your asking.
Here are three things that can help your prayer life with our Father in Heaven and boost your faith and confidence.
- You must read and study your bible daily. 2nd Timothy 2:15 teaches us to “Study to show ourselves approved unto God…”
- When you are reading and studying the word of God be sure that you are reading loud enough for you to hear yourself reading it. Remember…Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17.
- And lastly and just as important if not the most important of all. You must learn how to pray the word of God. Prayers that include the word of God in them always get God’s ear as long as you are walking in love and being obedient. I will share a link at the bottom of this article with a resource that really opens my eyes to the power of praying God’s word back to him. He love’s it. And to back up my statement take a look at what the Apostle John wrote to us under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
- John 5:14 This is one to commit to memory. ” And this is the confidence that we have in him…” In who? “Jesus.” that if we ask anything according to his will (Jesus) he hears us. Verse 15 goes on to say… And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (God The Father).
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