GROWING IN FAITH
July 19, 2013
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Ro 10:17 NKJV
If you want to know how strong your faith is, pay attention to what’s coming out of your mouth. “The word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Heb 4:2 NKJV). It’s not enough to read God’s Word; you must internalize it, then vocalize it. We say all kinds of things, but the truth is that we don’t really believe them because they don’t show up in the way we live. You should live in such a way that if God is not who He says He is, you’ll fall flat on your face. This means: (1) looking for opportunities to trust God more; (2) trusting Him to come through for you regardless of the situation; (3) strengthening your faith for the tough times ahead. And here’s how you do it: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” If someone could stick a thermometer under your tongue and take your spiritual temperature, the thing that would cause it to rise or fall would be the time you have spent in God’s Word. You say, “Right now my faith is very low.” Then start spending more time reading God’s Word. You say, “I wish I had the faith of so-and-so.” There’s no mystery about how to close the gap between your faith and that of others—just log more time in the Scriptures. Rearrange your priorities, take control of your time and put Bible reading at the top of your to-do list. If you’re serious about growing in faith, it’s a price you must be willing to pay.