DAY 9: “How to Strengthen Your Faith”

“The bible is the ultimate “How to, what to, and when to” book ever written.”

The bible is the ultimate “How to, what to, and when to” book ever written.  There are promises, perspectives, and directives for our entire lifespan on earth.  There is nothing we will face that will ever be a surprise to God.  He gave us the bible as the ultimate playbook for every situation we will encounter. So, let’s dive deeper into what the bible says about when our faith needs strengthening.

Earlier in week we talked about our faith meter. On a scale of 1 to 10 where did you fall?

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV) says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test?”

Paul is saying here that we need to regularly examine ourselves to see how we are doing.  We are leaky vessels, we need to be filled up daily, sometimes hourly.  If we pay attention to where we are on the faith scale, we can stay toward the full end and be a bigger blessing to those around us.

Here’s a few scriptures to see how we are doing:

  1. A person is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8) This is the free gift of God for us.
  2. 2. We are sanctified (set apart) by faith. (Acts 26:18) We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.
  3. We are to serve others with this faith. (1 Peter 4:8-11) God prepared in advance for us to do good works to further His Kingdom on earth.
  4. We are to live and walk by faith and not by sight (Hebrews 3:10). We are to believe that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do.

As we live by faith, we will supernaturally produce good fruit, good works, and it will be evident to those around us.

One of my favorite examples of strengthening faith is from Genesis 15:1-6 (NKJ) Let’s look at it.

“After these things, the “word of the Lord” came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house  is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed, one born in my house is my heir!” And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This one will not be your heir but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” Then He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he “believed” in the LORD, and God accounted it to him for righteousness.”

In this verse, God added up everything that Abraham’s belief meant to Him, and computing it all together, determined that it was equal to righteousness. Righteousness is right standing with God.  That is why Abraham bore fruit. Responsive trust in God’s Word always results in fruit bearing.  Abrahams responsive trust led to the Abrahamic covenant which was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Are you believing like Abraham?  Is there a promise God gave you that you haven’t seen come to pass yet?

Proverbs 3:5-9 (NIV) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV) “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.  (I love that so much!) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

And finally, Hebrews 10:35 “Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of the God, you will receive what He has promised.”

Say this with me: Father, in the Name of Jesus, I thank you that you are my shield and my great reward.  Today I trust in You with all my heart, and I lean on your understanding and not my own. I will not throw away my confidence for I know your promises are yes and amen according to Your Word.  I thank you that you have created me for good works, and I will bear much fruit. Help me to live by faith, and not by sight so that others will be drawn to the Jesus in me, the hope of Glory, Prince of Peace.  Amen.

Shalom,

Mama Swan