Tuesday, May 12, 2009


How Can I Increase My Faith?

Q. How does one go about increasing his faith in Christ and His power. It would be nice to have the faith to move mountains, the size of a grain of mustard seed. I pray for it, and wisdom. I read His word continually and I do believe that He has that kind of power and that He lives in us, but my faith is so weak, as if it is non-existant, especially in regards to things that might apply directly to me, healing and those kinds of things. Maybe I feel unworthy of His love in this way, although I believe He has love and mercy towards me. Is there some key element I am missing in obtaining and increasing faith?

A. Think of faith as a spiritual muscle. You were given enough faith to save you when you were born again (Ephes. 2:8-9) just as you were given your physical muscles at your physical birth. Both are increased through exercise. If we never exercised our physical muscles they would atrophy to the point where they would barely work. The same is true with our faith.

We exercise our faith by applying Romans 12:1-2 to our lives. We offer our entire life to God to use as He pleases. That means we don’t do anything without consulting Him, and we wait upon Him to give us direction. We learn to listen to His voice and follow His lead. (John 10:27)

The Lord promised that if we do this, He’ll see to all of our needs (Matt. 6:25-34) and He said that if we delight in Him He’ll give us the desire of our heart. (Psalm 37:4) We exercise our faith by believing these promises and relying on Him to guide us through life. The more fully we rely on Him, no matter what, the stronger our faith will grow.

Our Measure Of Faith

Q. In Romans 12:3, it speaks of “the measure of Faith” God has given us.

My question is: do we all get the same “measure” of Faith, or are some of us given a bigger or smaller measure? Some of us are called to serve in areas where I would think they would need a very large portion of Faith.

Also if we get the same measure, maybe some exercise that Faith More?

A. We are all gifted with the faith to believe (Ephes 2:8-9). We are instructed to make that faith grow, through the study of God’s word (Romans 10:17) and through living by faith not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). We read about God’s promises to us, and as we trust in Him we see those promises come true. That makes our faith grow. Many people who seem to have stronger faith are like people who have stronger muscles. They’ve just exercised more. Others are actually given extraordinary faith as a spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12:9) to prepare them for some special work.

But we could all have the faith to do great things for the Lord, if only we spent more time exercising it. (Matt. 17:20)

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