For every Christian who has accepted salvation in Christ and His sovereignty over his/her life, the “self” is crucified and we live not for ourselves but for the Lord, by faith (Gal. 2: 20-21, NIV). Like all things in Christ, faith is received and not earned. Some of the resources to increase in faith are:
The starting point for growing in faith is through the simple act of prayerful dependence on God.
Knowledge of the Word:
“…faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Rom. 10:17, NIV) Knowing the promises of God in the Bible will preserve us in all situations. “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Ps. 119:50, NIV). It is the promise of God that faith in Jesus will help us overcome all tribulations. John 16:33.
Memory of God’s faithfulness:
Our faith in God can be strengthened by recalling His faithfulness in our lives in the past. It was in knowing God’s faithfulness (Rom. 4:18-21), that Abraham did not forestall the sacrifice of his only son Isaac. Just like Abraham, we too must not forget that God indeed has the power to do that which He has promised.
Fellowship of believers:
Partaking in the body of Christ by sharing and listening to testimonies can prove mutually refreshing in the spirit. Rom. 1:11-12. We must praise God for the testimonies we hear, free of jealousy or doubt. Testimonies witness to God’s faithfulness and show His power to work similarly in our lives as and when the occasion demands, “For God does not show favouritism.” (Rom. 2:11, NIV).
Anointing of the Holy Spirit:
Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:9, NIV) and when we ask for it, we will receive according to the need of the moment. “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted’ He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor. 10:13, NIV)
Fruits of Faith … Faith manifests itself in the following ways:
A visible manifestation of faith is obedience unto the teachings of Christ. (Rom. 1:5.) “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23, NIV).
Each of us has been created for the glory of God and His purposes. Exercise of faith in Christ would reflect in the joy and meaning we find in our calling and vocation. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Col. 3: 23, 24, NIV)
Love of people:
Faith in the God of love will inspire love of people. John 17:26. God’s love for us is for us to enjoy. “I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” Jer. 31:3, NIV). God’s love in us is for others, even our enemies to enjoy. “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” (Rom. 5:5, NIV).
It pleases God when we say we want to know Him more. Growing in faith pleases God and blesses people
Copyright © Dec 2006. R. Rajkumar