2 Thessalonians 1:3a (KJV) 3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly
Paul is exhorting the brethren that their faith is growing and that means our faith is to grow.
Faith is a heart issue as I’ve said many times. With God, it’s always a heart issue. Too many times people want to figure it all out in their head before they’ll step out in faith. But that’s the not the way it works. Faith is a choice. It’s not in your head; it’s in your heart – your spirit. You can actually believe things in your heart that your head has trouble understanding. Hm-m-m! How ‘bout that! You choose what you will or won’t believe.
We’re still talking about how we get the God-kind of faith. Let’s look at some more scriptures.
Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3 … but to think soberly, 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.
These Scriptures show that God has already given us a measure of His faith when we got born-again. That’s the measure of faith Paul is referring to in Romans 12:3. It’s the same measure for each of us. No one has more or less than someone else. Remember the muscle analogy!
Sometimes it seems that one person has a lot of faith and another person has a little faith. What you’re observing is that one person has developed their faith and the other one hasn’t. Everyone starts out with the same measure or lump of faith. Flex those faith muscles!
In Galatians we see that the faith we have is the faith of Jesus! This is so awesome because it means we actually have been given a portion of His miracle-working, devil-defeating, victorious-living faith! That’s why Jesus said in John 14:12 that the same works that He did, we are to do also. How awesome is that!
John 14:12 (KJV)
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Continued next time – Pamela