Jimbob grows in faith when asking, “Will you be my Valentine?”
And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV
How does your faith grow? How can you increase your faith? Is it linear, like walking a tightrope, where each step has to be exact? Does fear of a misstep make you think you will fall or fail?
Faith comes by hearing and hearing from the word of God. From that foundation, our faith grows more profound and matures. God provides a firm place to stand, a rock that cannot be moved.
Faith will need to be exercised. It is not a book on a shelf. It is not a trophy case displaying the best decision we have ever made. It is not a treasure we have hidden to keep safe for a later date, although it is more valuable than gold. It is not words only but integrates itself in deeds of righteousness.
Faith is tested. 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4.
Who wants trials for faith to grow? Not me! Yet, God lets the trials become our exercise routine for faith to grow. The trials reveal how we are propping ourselves up with our strength. Our intelligence and physical abilities are incapable of advancing the spiritual growth in our lives. We use our minds and bodies, but they will fail to produce righteousness.
The testing is not to make you discouraged. They are not to be a burden too heavy for your to bear. They are not to create hopelessness. It is not a game to cause frustration of hiding and seeking that which is best.
During the trials, they reconnect you with the voice of God. You will find God’s hand holding you and leading you. He will give you peace beyond understanding. He will reveal the next steps for you to take.
The faith of a muster seed was the beginning size of your walk with Jesus. May God increase your faith to believe His promises to you. May your prayers approach the throne of God with the boldness of Caleb – “Give me that mountain!”
Blessings, Love y’all