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How Can We Increase Our Faith?

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How Can We Increase Our Faith?
One way to increase your faith is to read the Word of God (the Bible).  Romans 10:17 says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message (the Word or the Bible), and the message is heard through the word about Christ.“  That word about Christ is the Bible.  This means that faith comes from hearing the message at church from your pastor or teachers, during Bible studies, and reading your Bible.  Paul says that “the message is heard through the word about Christ.”  Since Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1) and the Word of God is Christ, reading the Bible is a great way to increase your faith.

Faith is not the power of positive thinking or positive reinforcement.  It is not found within the will of the human mind.  It is not pulling oneself up by their own bootstraps.  It is not by any human effort at all except by the intake of the Word of God.  Faith is a gift from God and He will give you or increase your faith by the daily reading of the Bible and we know that what we lack, we can ask for (James 1:5).  We can increase our faith by reading and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17) but also by trusting in Jesus even though we can not see Him today.  John 20:29 makes it crystal clear as Jesus said in John 20:29, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  If you trust in Jesus, then you already possess faith and without faith we can never really please God (Heb. 11:6).

The fact is that we are justified by the faith that God gives us as Paul explains in Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”  Galatians 3:26 states, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”  If you are a believer in Christ, then you are in Christ and if you are in Christ, then you have been given the gift of faith by God. Paul says in Romans 11:20 that as believers “we stand by faith.”  First Corinthians 15:17 says that if we believe that Jesus has been raised from the dead, as born-again believers do, then our “faith is not in vain.”

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