God will not let me off the subject of faith – so we are going to dig a little deeper into the subject of faith. We all know that Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God, so we see that we have to, at all times keep a check on our faith.
As I was thinking about this subject last night I sent a text to a couple people and asked them if they had faith. Keep in mind I was asking spirit filled Christians who I know love and serve God. I was not surprised at their answer. They each said ‘no, not like they used it, it seems to have been deflated.’
Today I talked to God about their answer and felt that He showed me that some of His people had been hit so hard that their faith was flattened like a pancake. Some had been hit with one little thing after another until their faith slowly leaked out. Like a ball deflating with a slow leak, you never really realize it is leaking until it is flat. Either way you go their faith is not where it used to be and certainly not where it needs to be considering the truth that without faith it is impossible to please God.
Don’t get discouraged, that is not the end of the story, God tells us plainly how to increase our faith. This is how we are to live, by faith. Romans 1:17 says the just (that’s us) shall live by faith. Everything we do and say is done in faith in God and His word, it is simply our life, and there is no way around it.
Romans 3:28 says we are justified by faith. Romans 5:2 says our access to God is by faith. 1 Timothy says we are to let our faith be an example to others. Acts 6 says when the disciples were full of faith they did great miracles and wonders – as you see the Bible has a great deal to say about faith…and there is much, much more than this.
Our faith in God is vital to our walk with God. Hebrews 10:38 tells us that if we begin our walk of faith and then draw back from faith, God has no pleasure in us. This is something we never want to happen.
It is God’s will for us to have a faith that is alive and passionate. A faith that endures and stays steady through every storm – His faith.
Yet things happen and our faith is affected by life situations. Sadly when we go through rough seasons we will often become discouraged and stop pursuing a life of faith. Sometimes we stop reading the word of God, we stop praying and then we find that when we need it most, our faith has depleted.
So how do we change that? The Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Make it a daily practice to spend time in His word, as you do you will find that your faith is being built up. Read the Psalms, they are so encouraging. Read the book of Hebrews about all the men and women of faith, as you do, it will ignite your faith as well.
If you feel your faith has taken a hit, don’t spend every moment praying about your situation – trust that God has heard you and instead spend time building your faith. You do that by reading the word of God and listening to encouraging preaching and teaching messages. Also spend time in praise and worship – it is hard to be faithless when you are praising God.
Finally, Jude 1:20 says to build ourselves up on our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit.
Praying in the spirit will increase your faith, I don’t know how it does it, but I am living proof that it works. If you feel you have done all you know to do, if you are spending time in His word and still feel depleted, spend a few minutes or more a day praying in the Holy Spirit.
I searched for a meaning for ‘most holy faith’ and found it is described as a passionate, warm – not cold, pure – not defiled faith. As you pray in the Holy Spirit, your faith will become more passionate, warmer and undefiled – it will be a mountain moving faith – and that is what you need isn’t it? Spend time in His word, pray in the Holy Spirit, listen to encouraging preaching…build your faith.