Growing Faith

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Ro. 10:17.  The word of God teaches that for one to obtain faith, the individual must first hear.  Now in-order to hear, one must listen.

There are many things we listen to through out our days, weeks, months and years.  What we hear, and when I say hear, I mean really listen to.  That which we’ve allowed to enter our soul.  An individual can have faith in things, such as money, power, job, family, etc.  How does this happens?  Most often it’s because of what has been heard and experienced.  Let me give you an example.  We’ve heard and seen things on the television about money.  We’ve heard stories about people with money and the power of money.  All of this can increase desire and faith in money.

The word of God is explicit.  It teaches that we should hear the word of God to increase our faith.  The word can be heard from ministers, other people, or most importantly ourselves.  The minister must preach the truth of God’s word.  However, every person must position him or herself accordingly, to hear the word of God.

When individuals testify about the works of the Lord in their lives, it is up to us to listen and hear.  In listening, faith can be encouraged and strengthen.

As we read the word of God, our spirit and soul hear the word coming from within.   This strengthens and grows our faith.  This is the number one method recommended by the word.  As one read the word, the Holy Spirit (if you are a believer) brings about illumination, wisdom, knowledge, understanding and faith is strengthen.  An unbeliever is convicted and must become a believer to receive the Holy Spirit.

Faith in every believer is going to be tested.  This is where many people falter.  We do not like to be tested.  The word of God tells us that we will be tested.  Abraham was tested with his son, Jacob was tested with his brother, Joseph was tested with Potiphar’s wife, sold into slavery, thrown into jail, Jesus was tempted by the devil.  We will be tested to prove to ourselves and God that our faith is genuine.

Are you listening to logic rather than believing in God?  Where is that logic coming from?  Proverbs 3:5 tells us not to trust in our own logic, but rather to trust in God.  Some may say I trust God but not the bible because man wrote it.  Again I ask whose logic are you listening to.  Do you trust your eternity to this logic because it makes sense in your mind?  Is your mind filled with all knowledge, wisdom and understanding?  Perhaps others you’re listening to have it?  God has given those that believe, His Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is filled with all knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.  He knows the past and the future.

Do you believe and trust only in your logic?  Try faith, because it is in and through faith we’re empowered!  Greater is He that is in every believer, than he that is in the world.  To trust in yours or anyone else logic is to limit yourself.  Faith opens our world to the possibilities of the impossible.  For with God, all things are possible, if you would but believe.

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Will you please listen

I’ve called out to you often, but you’ve never come.  I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve paid me no attention.   You’ve ignored my advice and rejected the correction I’ve offered.  Because of this, I will laugh when you’re in trouble.  When disaster overtakes you, or calamity overcomes you like a storm, when you’re engulfed by trouble or when anguish and distress overwhelms you, I will mock you?

I will not answer when your cry for help, even though you anxiously search for me, you will not find me.  Why you may ask?  Simply because you’ve hated knowledge, and chosen not to reverence the Lord!  You will eat the bitter fruit of living your own way.  You must experience the full terror of the path you’ve chosen.  You turned away from me and chose death.  You are a fool and your own complacency will destroy you!

If you come to me, listen and obey, I’ll pour out upon you the spirit of wisdom which will make you wise.  You will live in peace and safety, unafraid of harm!

 

– wisdom

Faith/Logic

Good morning Family,

I’ve been thinking about our family members that are having issues concerning faith.  From what I hear and perceived is faith hasn’t been explained in a logically manner for them to believe.  Heb. 11:1 states that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Rom. 10:17 states that faith cometh by hearing.

As I meditated on this issue, this what I believe the Spirit revealed to me.  First, I was questioned, which comes first, faith or logic.  As I pondered upon the question, I can see where faith produces logic, which in turn encourages and strengthens faith.  Example of this is a child’s birth.  How is it a liquid seed from a man is inserted into a female egg which fertilizes the sperm to produce a living human?  This human is then able to think, speak, run, jump, create, help, learn, love, hate, believe and form an opinion, as well as perform other things.  Did logic produce this?  Can logic produce anything?   Family, what do you think?

Plans

All week I have been planning. Planning for my move, planning for school to start, and planning for all that I need to get ready for in the weeks to come. While I was taking a break in between tasks, a thought came to me. “We make plans and God laughs”. I remember hearing a minister say that somewhere. But I began to focus on that idea. When we, as humans, make a plan, God laughs at us. As if to say, “You really think it’s that easy?” “Do you really think you can simply plan out the next month of your life and everything will turn out exactly as you expected it to?” This also got me to thinking: how have my plans just in the last month worked out for me? How many curve-balls have been thrown my way? The answer: a lot. I planned to make a certain amount of money last month and even wrote down how much I would need for bills, food, gas, savings, tithes, and various expenses. Now, I can picture God shaking his head and laughing. Because he knew that I would only make half of that amount because he knew that we would be slow for a week and a half straight at work. And that definitely took me for a loop.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s not good to plan things. Plans are good to have because they help give you drive and a goal to reach. Without goals, I find myself simply going through the motions. It’s important to have plans, but I find that it’s even more important not to depend on those plans. Once we start to depend on those plans and have the expectation of a specific outcome, we begin to see every other outcome as a shortcoming or a failure. But they’re really just your reality. We have to learn how to take the reality of our situation and make the most of it instead of clinging on to the expectations of a perfect circumstance.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Just a bible verse

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. (Romans 6:6-13 NLT)

-Seffs