How do we develop faith?
The Bible tells us that God has already gained victory for us, and that we enter into these victories by faith!
Scripture exhorts us that by believing “we can conquer kingdoms, work righteousness, obtain promises, stop the mouths of lions, escape the sword and become strong.” These are lofty achievements. The Bible also tells us that we can move mountains, see the blind healed, and see those who do not know Christ, come to the saving knowledge of Him- by and through faith!
But how do we obtain faith?
One of the most important tools to utilize, in order to get on this path towards victory by faith, is Scriptures itself. In Ephesians, the Word is spoken of as a sword. In Hebrews, the word is spoken of as something “alive and powerful,” and from which “no creature is hidden.” In the first verses of book of John, we are told that Jesus Himself is one in the same as the Words of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” These are mysteries that the natural man does not comprehend. But when we discern things by the Spirit, we can begin to understand.
Here is the truth for most of us: We need to focus more on the words of our Bible. Jesus said that it is literally akin to the very food we eat. I am sure that if you or I missed food for an entire day, or for a few days, we would notice our hunger and our need. Some of us might notice after missing only one meal!
But are we as keenly aware of our need to consume the words of God, as we are our needs to consume natural food? Jesus spoke to us about this need and provided His life as an example of one who lived continually by Scripture.
So, here are just a few of the results of being famished for God’s words.
- Too many people walk around worried and anxious.
- Too many needs for wisdom and understanding are unmet.
- Our physical needs are not met; we experience lack and have poor health.
- There are too many broken relationships in our lives.
- We are addicted to other things.
- We lack joy, hope and confidence.
So, that is all of the depressing stuff, but the good news is that we can grow!
By giving attention to Scripture, we can gain strength, wisdom, understanding and even health and peace. I firmly believe this.
So, I can see that I need to be more intentional about my approach to Scripture consumption: reading, studying and meditating on God’s word as a diet for my spirit. Maybe you do too.
I need to eat God’s word like it is my food for life. From there, I can learn to use God’s specific words like a sword– to fight the enemies of my soul and to be an instrument to extend God’s Kingdom, bringing light and life to the world around me.
Much more about that, soon to come….