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But Without Faith, Part 2

Welcome back! This is part 2 of a blog I published about a month ago entitled, “But without Faith” where we discussed what faith is. Today we will continue with this topic and look at answering the following questions:

Where does faith come from?

How do you and I get faith?

How does our faith grow?

First, let us recap a bit and look at some definitions for faith:

allegiance to a duty or person,

belief and trust in and loyalty to God,

a firm belief in something for which there is no proof.

The Bible tells us that, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

If we cannot see faith…how can we get it? To have the faith that is talked about in the Bible, we must open the Book and read the Words of God. As I delve into this topic, please know that this is not based on my own opinion. I highly encourage you to open God’s Word and read for yourself, that is where we find our answers. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches, not I.  I can pick a topic and write about it, but I must rely on the Holy Spirit (and so must you) to impart the truth. He does this by the revealing truths in the inspired Word of God.

The Holy Spirit calls you, sparks your interest, guides you and teaches you.  Do not be afraid to dig deep. The Holy Spirit is your Helper, He will help you to understand.

As a child of God, He longs for you to know Him. Take out your Bible and let’s get started.

Where does faith come from?  

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God.”    Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)

Faith comes from God in the form of a gift. We would not have faith if not for God having His plan and reaching down to offer it to us. We then have the option to choose to accept faith through salvation. Salvation and redemption through Jesus Christ.

God uses faith as the way to bring salvation to His people. God gives faith because of His grace and mercy, because He loves us, His creation, so very much. He desires for us to have a way to know Him.

How do you and I get faith?

“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Romans 10:17

As we hear the Word of God and the Salvation plan, which is what Jesus accomplished on the cross, we are given faith. Faith to believe that there is something more to life than just existing and going through the motions of living day to day…faith to have HOPE in Someone bigger than us, Someone who has a unique plan for each of His beloved children!

It is the Word of God that produces faith. A person could receive faith while reading about Jesus in the  Bible or by hearing a sermon teaching the Good News or by you or I sharing the story of Jesus—any time the true gospel of Jesus is communicated, there is potential for faith! How exciting! That you and I can be part of the chain of events that God has orchestrated!

How does our faith grow?

If we are not in control of even getting faith on our own…how can you and I increase our faith. I wish to be more faithful.

We can pray and ask for more faith just as the apostles asked of Jesus in Luke 17:5,

“And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’”

Our faith grows as we build our lives on the truth of Jesus Christ, what we are taught about Him in and directly from God’s Word. We model our lives after Him. It is built on the truth of what God says, not what man says. When we are listening to pastors, preachers, spiritual songs, or fellow Christians, we must hold those words/that teaching up to God’s Word. We must stay away from teaching that is not in line with Biblical truths. We need to be careful about who is teaching us.

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

We need to always remember that faith was given to each believer as a gift. We cannot take credit for it or tout it in the face of others or think of ourselves in a prideful way.

“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.” Romans 12:3 (NKJV)

By knowing our saving faith comes from God alone, it should encourage us as Christians to not think of ourselves more highly than we ought; but remember that God decides the measure of faith each one receives.

So, as we can see from reading God’s Word…that receiving faith comes from God and our faith increases by spending time in His Word.

I want to end on a note of thanksgiving. We should be thankful always for the faith God has given us, thankful that He chooses to use us in ministering to others. It is a privilege and honor to serve the Lord and His people.

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 1:12-14

May God bless you with wisdom and increased faith as you dig deep into His Word.

You are NOT an accident

I started a journey to find my purpose in life according to what God says.  I spent two days pondering day one as I let the message seep in.  This journey may take me more than the 40 days outlined in the book, “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren, but that is okay.  I will take my time and enjoy the journey.

Here is Day Two of “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren

DAY TWO: THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE  (Taken directly from the book, page 26)

TODAY’S FOCUS:  ”You are not an accident”

POINT TO PONDER:  I am NOT an accident

BIBLE VERSE:  ”I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born” Isaiah 44:2 (CEV)

QUESTION TO PONDER:  Knowing that God uniquely created me, what areas of my personality, background and physical appearance am I struggling to accept?”

Here are the treasures I found from  DAY TWO:

I find it SO amazing…That God made me, so HE COULD LOVE me! How cool is that!

I struggle with my view of my body…as I get older it is harder and harder to stay in shape.  I can’t stop the aging process (WISH I could!), but I can make healthier choices and stay active.  I have to know that God loves me…NO MATTER the number on the scale.

“The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and what He does for us.”  Romans 12:3

Long before I was conceived by my parents, I was conceived in the mind of God.  God chose my parents specifically for the DNA to make me.  God WANTED to make me exactly the way I am…just like He WANTED to MAKE YOU!

No matter what has happened in our past or who has rejected us or said we have no value…they are WRONG!  We MATTER to GOD.  We are NOT here by chance in some random act of the universe.  We were carefully chosen to have the hair color (tho I enhance mine from a bottle…lol), characteristics and personality traits that we have.  Even who our parents would be, the era we would be on earth and where we would live were chosen ahead of time.  All of this done by a LOVING CREATOR!

This is part of a poem by Russell Kelfer that Rick Warren refers to on page 25.

“You look like you look for a reason.                                                                                             Our God made no mistake.                                                                                                               He knit you together within the womb,                                                                          You’re just what He wanted to make.”

We are equipped with all we need to do our specific job on earth…what my job here is…I do not know…YET.  I will continue my journey in the hopes of finding out.

Reference:  “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, 2002  Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pages 22-26

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