Being consistent is of the utmost importance if you’re ever going to succeed in what you’re doing. For example, exercising. If you want the full benefits of exercise, you have to do it on a regular basis. If you want the full benefits of dieting, you have to do it on a regular basis. Intermittent adherence to exercise – being a week-end warrior – or dieting once a week is not going to get you the desired results you want.
And so it is with the promises of God. Reading a promise verse daily is not going to build your faith for said promise. Listening to one short Sunday sermon is not going to cause you to develop strong faith. What you do on a consistent basis is what will have an effect on you. Unfortunately, it even works in the negative. Listening to negative things on TV will cause them to have an effect on you – fear, worry, anxiety.
Faith in God comes by hearing and hearing and hearing His Word. It doesn’t come by having heard! It’s a daily, 24/7 process – always keeping the Word of God before your eyes and in your ears. Everyone can do it. It’s a matter of choosing what’s important to you.
Am I saying you have to have your nose in the Bible every minute? No. I’m saying you have to get the Word into your heart and that will cause you to be able to meditate on it day and night. You’re always thinking about something. That’s not the problem. It’s what you’re thinking about that causes faith to develop or to be hindered.
Thinking on negative things will hinder your faith: things like fear, worry, anxiety. You are well able to choose to think on good things. God tells you to do that and if He told you do something, then you CAN do it!
Purpose in your heart to give God more of your time by getting into His Word and studying it to develop your faith. Remember, you don’t get strong faith accidentally. It takes effort and diligence on a consistent basis. And when you do it God’s way, you will succeed!
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Philippians 4:8 (KJV) 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Happy studying — Pamela