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Another important step to growing in Christ is growing our faith. God gives every man a measure of faith. With this faith we make a decision to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact that you are now saved says that you have decided to exercise your faith. This exercising of faith is important to you as a believer.
There are many Christians who have made a decision to give their lives to Christ and that’s it. The problem is, the faith that we use to receive salvation is the same faith that we must use to obtain the promises of God. Promises from God are without limitation. There are promises for basic necessities and promises from God that are beyond imagination. Any part of this “promise scale” is based on our ability to believe.
We can only raise our capacity to believe by raising our faith. Thus, we must exercise our faith regularly. In other words, we must be people who listen to God’s Word consistently and daily. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17, NIV)
You can hear each Sunday morning the word being preached, but the faith that many of us need to move mountains or to receive the impossible requires a concentrated effort on hearing just what God has promised the believer based on what the believer needs or desires at that particular time. So, for instance, if I need healing in my body. The only thing that can produce that is my faith. Faith in believing what God said concerning my body. Hearing the word of God for 25 minutes (average sermon time) once per week is not enough to build faith for healing. That’s like a 100 lb body that doesn’t exercise at all deciding one day to lift up a 65 lb dumbbell. It’s just not going to happen; if however, that same 100 lb person exercises daily and regularly eventually that 65 lb dumbbell can be raised above the head.
Faith must be exercised for the believer. When we build our faith by hearing the Word of God on Sunday’s in conjunction with hearing the Word at home, in our car and during moments of free time, we’re guaranteed to be strong in faith and with countless promises.
STUDY: (Answer In Your Own Words)
Hebrews 11:6 To please God what do we need?
1 John 5:4 How can you overcome the world as a believer?
GOOD VERSE TO MEMORIZE: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1, NKJ