God Given Faith
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3
God has given everyone a portion or measure of faith, beginning with the distinct knowledge that God exists and he is able to meet your needs. Through that measure of faith God draws you to Jesus Christ and to a saving grace of God. Then after you have declared Jesus, as Lord in your life, your faith in God must increase and grow with use.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Jude 1:20
Faith is like building a house in many respects. A house can not be built if the lumber stays neatly stacked beside the foundation. James puts it this way, Faith without works is dead. The lumber is nothing more than building materials while it is in the stack and those building materials will begin to rot is nothing is done to preserve it. To a carpenter, plans give him a picture of what the finished house will look like when he is
finished. However, the carpenterís faith requires him to arrange the lumber and drive nails before the floors and walls are in place. You can know what to do, visualize the final product, but the truth is that you have combine the use of your hands and your skills to reach the desired end. This kind of faith shows the extent of your beliefs.
Sleep is all you can expect to get if all you do is wait for God to respond to your needs, sitting in the pews. Your faith requires that you take the first step. In the same way, lumber has to be arranged in a precise order to support a roof. Just as the roof goes on after the proper support is in place, the signs of your faith follow the application of your beliefs. Faith needs to be exercised like those who walk a picket line.
Those who observe the picket line know that the sign they are carrying tells everyone that they are taking a stand for or against something. It is when you show God the proper signs that God shows his approval with his support.
Your right to believe in Jesus is sacred to God, but he will not force you to believe in his word. God wants you to look at what he has done in the past and think about his methods. Even if they donít seem feasible to you, the first step is to try to do things God's way. Only then, are you able to judge the credibility of God's word by how things turn out. The verdict will be loud and clear, in every trial run, God will gain your
trust to affect the way you live. Faith brings about a change in your life, you become a better person and God will respect you because of your faith.
Comparing faith to the building industry is not hard to do. Both have limitations that restrict what you can do by what is not allowed. Building codes protect the buyer from potential harm where as avoiding sin protects the Christian from mental and physical pain. Any code violation and sin must be corrected in the eyes of the convening authority before the building can proceed or your relationship with God will be in working order.
Known procedures make the job go faster and produce a better product. Experience comes when you do the same job hundreds of times. Procedures allow you to do the work efficiently while you make a product that your employer can be proud of. However, a skilled worker such as a carpenter refers to a plan constantly while building a home. The circumstances of life change constantly and so does the need to keep your plans in easy reach. As
men work a prescribed procedure for success you must develop prescribed procedures and work them to reach heaven's gate and the rich welcome of our Lord.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
Faith comes by hearing the word of God and hearing God speak to you. Hearing God speak requires you to put your ears in a position where you can hear him speak. For this reason, you must position your self to pursue God by going to church, reading God's word, ponder his word to open your spiritual ears to hear his voice. He has the wisdom that you need to survive in a world that largely ignores him. More importantly, by hearing
God's voice, you will have the assured knowledge that you can do all things when God strengthens you. Making your time available to God builds your faith and forges the experience that will help you to move the mountains of this world.
God has left the exercising of your faith up to you. Exercising your faith is reaching for the full potential that God gave man to become the image of Jesus Christ. In Christ, the full measure of God was exercised and expressed with all kinds of supernatural deeds. Your own faith may not produce the supernatural deeds that accredited Jesus Christ, but you can show the love of Christ in your life to the world.
God instructs us to; and find out what pleases the Lord. Epheasians 5:10 God also said, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 The evidence of Christ's life shows that developing your faith has enough merits to become like Christ. Finally, we learn from the scriptures that God testified this about his son with signs and wonders. To the disciples God Said,
"This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
The righteous shall live by faith, but the love of God prompted Jesus Christ to die on Calvary. Keep this in mind, Christ was only one man but his faith in God has influenced millions of Christians to be like him. In the same way, using your faith makes a difference in the world for the kingdom of God and it will influence others to become Christians.
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