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Cultivating Faith

Hebrews 11:6 states, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he is and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."


Mark 11:22-24 says, "Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."


Throughout the Bible, we see countless examples of individuals who demonstrated great faith in God and were rewarded with miraculous healings and interventions. In Mark 5:34, Jesus tells a woman who had been suffering from bleeding for twelve years, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."


In order to cultivate and strengthen our faith, it is crucial to follow the steps of hearing, believing, and acting/practicing.


Firstly, we must actively seek out God's Word and listen to His voice. Romans 10:17 tells us, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." By immersing ourselves in Scripture, attending worship services, and spending time in prayer, we open ourselves up to receive God's truth and promises.


Secondly, we must choose to believe in what we have heard. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as "confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Even when circumstances seem bleak and doubts arise, we must hold onto the promises of God and trust that He is faithful to fulfill them.


Lastly, faith requires action and practice. James 2:26 reminds us, "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." We are called to put our faith into action by stepping out in obedience, serving others, and boldly proclaiming the Gospel.

As we exercise our faith in practical ways, we will see God's power at work and witness the fruits of our belief.


When we first start on our journey of faith, it is common to encounter challenges and obstacles that may tempt us to give up. The enemy, Satan, often seeks to plant seeds of doubt and discouragement in our minds, leading us to question the promises of God and lose faith in His goodness and power.


This was evident in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve doubted God's instruction not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, ultimately leading to disobedience.

Disobedience can indeed be a manifestation of a lack of faith in God and His Word. When we choose to disobey God's commands, it may be because deep down, we do not fully trust in His wisdom, love, and sovereignty.


Our disobedience reflects a lack of faith in God's plan and His ability to guide us in the right direction. This is also true for fear, our fear also reflects a lack of faith and confidnece in God and His Word.


Trusting in God's Word and choosing to walk in obedience, even when it seems difficult or illogical, is an expression of our faith in His faithfulness and goodness. By putting our trust in God and His promises, we can overcome the temptations and doubts that seek to undermine our faith.


Our faith is not solely about what we can receive or achieve from God. While it is acceptable and right to have faith for healing, provision, and breakthroughs in various areas of our lives, true faith goes much deeper than material blessings. It is about trusting in God's character, aligning our will with His, and seeking His kingdom above all else.


Diving deeper into the Word of God allows us to understand God's heart, His ways, and His purposes for our lives. It enables us to develop a relationship with Him built on trust, love, and intimacy.


As we meditate on Scripture, we discover the truths about who God is and how He desires us to live as His children.


True faith is about surrendering our own desires and ambitions to God's will, even when it may not align with our own plans. It is about trusting in His timing and ways, knowing that He sees the bigger picture and has our best interests at heart.


Jesus Himself exemplified this unwavering faith in His Father when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done" (Luke 22:42). His obedience and submission to the Father's will, even unto death on the cross, demonstrated the ultimate act of faith and trust in God.


While it is crucial to practice our faith for healing, miracles, and wonders, I believe that focusing on the God of provision rather than the provision itself can lead to even greater manifestations of the miraculous. By shifting our faith from trying to force outcomes to simply trusting in God's promises and His faithfulness, we can bear fruit and witness His power at a higher level.


Instead of engaging in constant battles against the enemy, we can stay connected to the source of all power and authority, allowing God to work through us in extraordinary ways. Speaking the name of Jesus and commanding sickness to leave should stem from a deep trust in the unwavering faithfulness of God, rather than an attempt to muster up greater faith on our own. By resting in His promises and believing in His truth, we invite His miraculous power to flow through us effortlessly.


Our faith should never be underestimated to the point where it is limited to merely studying the Bible without taking any action. God's presence and power are far greater and more expansive than our limited human understanding can comprehend. Our faith should be a vibrant and active force in our lives, inspiring us to live out our beliefs through actions that reflect the love, compassion, and grace of God. It is through our tangible expressions of faith that we truly experience the transformative and limitless nature of God's presence in our lives.

 

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