August 18, 2015

Growing Your Faith

Hebrew 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." For us to live a life that is pleasing to God, it must be a life of faith. It is by faith we receive the blessings of God into our lives.  Faith begins at the new birth and continues to be a vital part of every area of our Christian walk. 

Romans 12:3 says, "For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."  In this verse we see that every believer is given a measure of the God-kind of faith.  The book of Romans was written to the believers in Rome.  So if God gave them a measure of faith, He has given to us a measure of faith.

In II Thessalonians 1:3 we read, "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other." These Thessalonian Christians took full advantage of their faith and began to grow in their faith walk with God.  Now if their faith could grow exceedingly, then so can ours.  I challenge you to study this word, put these principles to work in your life and begin to see your faith growing exceedingly.

Growing Your Faith

I)     Our Faith Grows As We Sow The Seed of God's Word In It

A)    II Thessalonians 1:3 - Your faith grows exceedingly.

1)    Romans 12:3 - God gives every believer a measure of faith. It's up to you what you do with it. You can use it, mature it, or leave it alone.

a) Romans 14:1 - You can be weak in faith.

b) Romans 4:20 - You can be strong in faith.

c) I Timothy 1:19 - You can have shipwreck faith.

2)    Romans 10:17 - Faith comes and grows when we feed it the Word of God. Faith always begins where the Will of God is known. Your faith will never be stronger than your knowledge of God's Word.

B)    Mark 4:14-28 - We grow our faith by hearing and keeping God's Word in our heart.

v.15 - They heard the Word, got it in their hearts but let satan come and steal it.

vv.16,17 - Faith must have time to become rooted for it to grow.

vv.18,19 - Attend to it, give attention to your faith and keep weeds out.

v.20 - By hearing, receiving, and acting on the Word, faith grows.

vv.21,22 - Still talking about God's Word.

a) Deuteronomy 29:29 - God will reveal His Word to us.

v.23 - Ears to hear - Choose to position yourself to hear God's Word. Anybody willing to hear and receive God's Word can grow their faith.

v.24, 25 - Put value on God's Word. The value you put on God's Word will determine its potency and potential in your life; the more you hear, the more you get.

v.25 - If the Word isn't the foundation for your faith, the devil will steal your victory.

vv.26-28 - 1) We release our faith by speaking God's Word into the situation.

2) We then trust God to give it life and bring it to full harvest.

3) We then receive our blessing.