Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1
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This morning I got into my car, put the keys in the ignition and started the engine. I didn’t give it much thought because I had faith my keys would start my car. I’m not a mechanic and I can’t tell you how it works, nor, could I see the work in progress, but that didn’t stop me from acting on my faith.
It’s really that simple. We exercise faith in something everyday, however, simply growing faith is not about faith in things, but about a continually growing faith in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. How well do we understand the importance of growing our Christian faith? My goal is to provide you with the inspiration, encouragement and resources needed to help you understand how to grow in this area of your life.
I was fourteen when my father died in a tragic automobile accident. We were awakened early that morning by a neighbor who instructed us to go to the hospital. I remember clearly getting in my father’s truck, he had taken the car, and a small voice coming to me and reminding me of this popular bible verse.
If you have faith the size of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move.
I suppose at some point in my church upbringing, I memorized it. Now it hovered over me and I had a choice to ignore it or to act on it. I chose to act and I simply bowed my head and silently prayed for God to make everything ok and for my dad to be alive. I didn’t know it at the time, but my father had died instantly. What I didn’t realize at the age of fourteen, was the prayer I prayed was for me and although I didn’t know it, I had just tapped into God’s amazing grace.
I couldn’t see it, feel it, touch it or even begin to understand it, but it was there. Although I didn’t realize it until I was an adult, my mountains moved. I was ok and thriving. God worked so many things together in my life for my good and for His glory. Once my eyes were opened, I committed my life completely to Christ and found my purpose and my passion.
Five Reasons for Growing Your Faith
- Faith reconciles you with God.
- Faith opens the door for prayers.
- Faith draws others to Christ.
- Faith sustains you during tough times.
- Faith attracts others…..your children/family will follow.
Without faith in Christ, we are separated from God. Jesus died for our sins and simply accepting Him as Lord and Savior puts us back into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father. Once our relationship with God is restored, then we have access to approach His throne of grace and pray. He hears our prays and Jesus makes intercessions for us.
Our faith in Christ sets us apart for His purpose and others will recognize a difference. God will open the doors and give opportunities for us to share our faith and witness to others about Jesus, so they too can be reconciled with God. If we continue to grow in our faith we will be ready and we will recognize those opportunities.
Tough times are coming. It’s biblical. If anyone tells you otherwise, then they are not being truthful. There are illnesses, addictions, life altering accidents, natural disasters, loss of family and friends and financial situations and many more challenging circumstances to deal with in this life. To say we are untouched by these is to be living outside reality. Growing in our knowledge of who God is and what He stands for helps us through the trials we face. He uses our circumstances and relationships with other believers to grow our trust in Him, so we know how to live through difficult times.
God’s in the business of growing His kingdom. It is for whosoever will believe. When we grow in our faith, we grow in godly wisdom and become witnesses to our family and children as well. Just like my children were taught to walk, eat, ride a bike and drive a car, they need to be taught how to grow in their faith. If we aren’t growing in our faith, then we can’t lead them. They will follow what they see us do, not what they hear us say.
I hope you find the strength to act on your faith and begin a journey that will not disappoint. Jesus loves you and desires for you to know Him. He takes the tiniest of the tiniest seeds of faith and grows it into something beautiful and strong. I hope you will join me on this journey to simply grow in your faith. God Bless.