Continuing from our last episode of #XLiving, we talk about ways to grow our faith.
Believing and confessing the Word.
Abraham believed against hope (Romans 4:18-22); Abraham kept hearing and kept believing even when it seems it wasn’t working. Hebrew 11:8-12; 17-19
He left for a place not really specified by God, courageously circumcised himself & his household, got the promise of a son from God, yet the same God gave him one and still asked him to kill the son he loved and had waited 25yrs for, from a barren wife who is now very old. Isaac was a son God proclaimed will become a nation of people. How will that happen if Isaac is dead? Naturally, it’s impossible. So Abraham concluded God was going to raise him from the dead (Heb 11:19). How easy will that be for him and his conscience? Prior to that, God had never asked for human sacrifice. Think about his discussion with his wife & what would have happened to his conscience? How about his discussion with Isaac himself? What did he tell him? I LOVE YOU SON but God wants you dead? Did Isaac agree? There were many things not known to Abraham at the time, he only believed and hoped for a faithful outcome from God.
Do you believe what the word says?
As the inspired Word of God, Scripture takes on the nature and the character of God Himself. If you have the word of God himself (Christ) here at your beck and call, what will you do with him? Can most Christians honestly say they have been treating God’s Word in the way it deserves?
Jesus is the Word of God, and the nature of Jesus is the nature of the Scripture. No wonder Apostle James says in Chapter 2: 19, it shouldn’t stop at believing; confess it till it’s planted in your spirit. If God says it, then believe and confess it. Mary said how shall these things be; Zachariah say show me a sign; different response in the same situation.
Act on the word James 2:17-18 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without [f]your works, and I will show you my faith by [g]my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
James 1:25 Whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty
This is the reason why I believe it took more than faith for Peter to step out of the boat, I believe he and the rest of the disciples have always had faith. If you don’t act on the word of God that you have received, then you don’t believe.
Acting on or, doing the word is the very difference between faith & believe.
Gideon’s 300 won the Medianites 135,000 armed men by stepping out in faith. Heb 11:32-33; Judges 6 & 7
All Gideon and the 300 men had trumpets & clay pots of light. He put forward a fleece because he needed to be sure. Don’t blame him. It took a lot from him when God gave him such instructions. He was a fearful person, and had idolatry background. Just imagine your team strength & support system dwindling from 32,000 to only 300. Maybe it is easier to have faith when all your human confidence is exhausted. Judges 6:15