If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you know that without faith it’s impossible to please God [Heb. 11:6]. So, you say, that’s great, if only I had the faith that pleases God! But guess what—we do have the faith that pleases God. Let’s look at some scriptures and see what God has to say about our faith.
Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3 … according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV) 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
2 Peter 1:1 (KJV) 1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
Notice that everyone who gets born-again receives THE measure of faith, No one gets more or less. We all get the same “lump” from the beginning. What we do with the “lump” is up to us! And not only that – we get the faith of Jesus!
Have you ever wondered why some people always seem to get their prayers answered and others struggle with one prayer request? Do they have more faith? Does God have favorites? The answer, of course, is no they don’t have more faith and God doesn’t show favoritism. He loves each of us the same [Acts 10:34; Rom. 2:11; Eph. 6:9]. However, He does respect faith and you can’t please Him without it – but we do have it; we just need to use it!
God’s heart is to always answer our requests when we pray His Word in faith. And He always does but sometimes it’s us who don’t receive. Remember all the promise of God are yes. So if you find it in the word, you can have it!
2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Because we’ve each been given the same amount of faith when we got born-again, it’s now up to us to develop it. That’s our part, God’s already done His part, now we must dig in and do our part.
Developing your faith is similar to developing your muscles. Even though each of us is born with the same amount of muscles, not all of us are walking in the same muscular strength. We need to exercise our muscles if we want them to develop. It’s the same way with our faith. We have to exercise it in order for it to develop. We don’t get more faith, we just “expand” the measure we have! And Jesus said we only need a mustard seed size of faith to move a mountain, referring to the mountains, problems, and issues in our lives!
Matthew 17:20b (KJV) 20 … If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Don’t you just love God’s Word! He has so graciously provided everything we’ll ever need on planet earth to be overcomers and live a life worth living. Glory to God!
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We develop our faith by hearing, and hearing, and hearing God’s Word. That means over and over and over – not just once and done! And remember, faith is our positive response to what God has already given us by His grace. But we have to get into the Word to find out what that is and then stand on His promises and watch them come to pass in our lives!
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Acts 10:34 (KJV) 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Romans 2:11 (KJV) 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Ephesians 6:9 (KJV) 9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.