When I went on a hunt for faith in the Bible and discovered it 250 times over, I was really seeking an answer to this question:
How can I increase my faith?
Surely the Word of God contained a simple 3-stop process to greater faith or a guarantee for fool-proof faith of some sort.
I must tell you – I found neither. There is no 3-step process. There is no magic formula. There is no guarantee.
But the Bible does have a lot to say about faith.
In Session 1 we learned that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1 NASB). And this to motivate us to greater faith: Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 NASB).
In Session 2 we talked about instances in the gospels when Jesus rebuked people for their lack of faith. We learned that fear, worry, and doubt are all indications of small faith.
In Session 3 we discussed those times in which Jesus commended individuals for their great faith. We looked at what these people did to receive such high praise from the Son of God.
Today, I want to encourage you in your faith. Because really, faith is increased moment by moment and day by day as we follow Jesus through this life. When we see God at work, watch Him prove Himself faithful, our faith increases. When we go through difficult times and come through the other side still one one piece, our faith grows.
Grab a Bible and let’s look at some passages about faith!
|Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB)|
|Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ~ James 1:2-4 (NASB)|
|For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. ~ 1 John 5:4 (NASB)|
|… and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. ~ 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NASB)|
|But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. ~ 1 Timothy 6:1-121 (NASB)|
|… He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach – if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. ~ Colossians 1:22-23 (NASB)|
Is the secret of great faith in Christ having no faith in ourselves? Contrarily is the trap of having small faith great self-reliance?
|So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ. ~ Romans 10:17 NASB)|
If faith comes by hearing the Word, we must walk through this life deeply immersed in its life-giving power. Then our faith with increase. Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man comes will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). I pray He’ll find much faith in you and I.