"And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
(Matthew 14:31 KJV)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
(Ephesians 2:8 KJV)
If you are saved, then you have some faith in Our Awesome God's ability to save you through Jesus Christ. But what is faith and how does it grow? The Bible defines faith as "... the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1 KJV) Faith is trusting in God, believing He can do what He says He can and then watching Him do it.
First, we have knowledge that brings faith. Knowledge of the truth (in The Bible and in watching unusual things happen) brings faith. Faith is believing without seeing something, thus it requires something to believe in. Knowing what Our Awesome God's Word has to say about something gives us the ability to believe it. Our faith should be based upon God's Word. Romans 10:17 (KJV) says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Second, faith works through love. Faith is to be based on love so that your faith will operate through love. The Bible tells us clearly that all believers should be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ. "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;" (Ephesians 3:17-18 KJV).
Third, our faith grows when Our Awesome God gives us
a task that stretches beyond what we think we can do and we are able to do it with His help. This can be called testing or stretching our faith. Experience and relying on Him for help allows us to see that with Him we can do anything He wants us to do (Philippians 4:13).
We grow in our faith when we hear or read the Bible and that faith grows as our love for Our Awesome God increases. We see in God's Word, His faithfulness in doing what He says He will do and His love for us. As you experience the many ways God is touching and changing your life, it strengthens your faith in Him. Join us in increasing your faith in God. Read the Bible (see Him in action), pray and love God to increase your faith in Him. God wants us to develop a great growing faith in Him! Our faith in Him should always be increasing and never stagnant.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 PM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA, a program for children that goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill