Faith is not a mystery – it’s a gift

I remember years ago thinking I wish I had more faith. God showed me: according to Romans 12:3, we are all given the same measure of faith. I had all He was going to give me. I (you, too) have been given the same measure of faith as Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, Jerry Savelle and Kimon Criner.

gardenMy thought was, “No, I don’t,” until God showed me how these men of God take care of their faith. I love to garden, so God gave me a picture of faith as a garden. He showed me these men watering their gardens. They fertilize and weed them, and they don’t let anything in their gardens that would stop it from growing strong and beautiful.

How do you grow faith?
Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. Faith grows or increases the more you hear the Word preached and the more time you spend in the Bible on your own:

More Word = More faith

Less Word = Less faith

When you’re in this place of less or lower faith, discouragement causes you to doubt God. Hebrews 11:1 says faith is a substance, which means the real or essential part of anything, the physical matter of which a part consists, a solid.

Faith like this is like lumber. It’s solid. You can build something with it. It is up to each one of us to determine and potentially change our faith level.

Is your faith weak or strong? Is it mountain-moving faith?

Be that person who pleases God (Hebrews 11:6) by having the kind of faith that trusts, believes and is confident in the Word of God more than whatever situation is going on in your life. That’s when you move from just hoping to knowing, from tolerating to changing the situations in your life.

–By Deborah Froats, Deacon at Harvest Barn Church

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