How faith comes and how it works
Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
According to Romans 12:3, God has given to everyone the measure of faith. God gave everyone of us the seed of His type of faith. It is now our responsibility to develop it. The God kind of faith was given to us as a gift from God but the development is our responsibility. Every one of us started our journey in Christ as a babe. And as babies need to be fed with the appropriate food to grow and develop, so also we need to feed on the appropriate spiritual food, that is, the word of God to develop our faith. The process of developing our faith entails hearing and hearing God’s word as stated in Romans 10:17. We need to continually hear God’s word to feed our spirit man so that our faith may grow. Remember, repetition is the law of long and lasting impression. The more we hear and speak God’s word the more we develop our faith and the easier our mountains will move.
It is important to know that it is through faith that we please God (Hebrews 11:6). It is through faith that we have victory (1John 5:4). It is through faith that we remove mountains (Mark 11:23). It is though faith that we live out the Christian life (Romans 1:17). I will develop this next week.
Now that we know that faith comes by consistently hearing God’s word either by our confessing it or by hearing others preaching it and believing it, it is also important to know that one of the major determining factors in the working of our faith is love. Faith works by love. God is love and love is the bond of perfection. Jesus said all the laws and prophets hang on love. Someone asked Jesus in Matthew 22:37-40 what the greatest commandment was, Jesus said to him, “‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself ‘ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” The working of our faith really depends on our love walk. There are always people in our lives that are difficult to love. It is our ability to love such people and others that puts our faith on the cutting edge of victory.
Studying and believing God’s word is great but without taking time to deal with issues of heart and walking in love our faith remains dormant. Knowing and confessing scriptures is wonderful but in the absence of the God kind of love, faith profits us nothing. The conclusion is that faith comes by hearing and hearing God’s word but faith works at its best by love. Over to you.
Romans 12:3, Luke 22:32
Personal declaration for the day
I will develop the gift of faith that God gave me in order to have greater trust in Him. I will mediate and confess God’s word to develop inner confidence in my belief that God may come through for me and through me for others. I have the God kind of faith therefore I will produce the God kind of results in Jesus’ mighty name.
Questions for you to reflect on
How often do you develop your faith?
Taking an inventory of your love walk, do you have anything against anyone that you have yet to resolve?
When do you intend to resolve it?
Are you aware that it will affect the effectiveness of your faith?