(How To Grow Your Faith Strong)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
(Romans 12:3 NIV)
God has given to each one of us—everyone who believes in Jesus—the measure of faith. That’s significant because each of us was given the same definite measure of faith when we received the message of salvation to be born again.
However, one thing God expects of you is to grow your faith. Faith is the principle of the Christian walk (2 Corinthians 5:7). The Bible clearly emphasises that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
God, through His Word, has revealed to us how to grow strong and effectual faith. First, you have to stay continually in the Word; the Word stirs faith in your spirit: “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Secondly, your faith can also be built as you consistently attend Church services and fellowship with other believers. Hebrews 10:25 charges us not to forsake “…the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
In Church, you’re taught the Word, and you also enjoy the rich fellowship of the Spirit in a way that energises your faith.
Thirdly, cultivate a rich fellowship with the Holy Spirit in prayer by speaking in other tongues frequently: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:20).
Prayer conditions your spirit rightly to receive from God. When your spirit is so conditioned, it becomes easy for the Word to get in and produce results.
Finally, get rich Christian materials and study them for yourself (2 Timothy 2:15); be a student of the Word. Don’t just be “a hearer” but “a doer of the Word”; you build prevailing faith by consistently meditating on, and putting the Word to work in your life.
Go Deeper: 2 Timothy 2:15; Act 20:32; 2 Corinthians 5:7
Speak: Dear Father, I thank you for your Word that inspires faith in me. Every challenging situation is an opportunity for me to put my faith to work and have the vital experience of my victorious life in Christ in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR James 3:14-4:1-12, Jeremiah 41-43
TWO YEAR John 13:12-20, 1 Chronicles 20
Act: Memorise and meditate on the opening scripture throughout today.