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Developing Your Faith
Pastor Tim Morbitzer
05
February
2016

  

Developing Your Faith

Pastor Tim Morbitzer


            "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health (healing and medicine) to all their flesh."  Proverbs 4:20-22


            "So, then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."  Romans 10:17


            "If any man have ears to hear, let him hear."  Mark 4:23


            How do we get faith?  Who has it?  Where does it come from?  How is it increased, or developed?


            Faith is produced and developed by hearing God's Word.  Every born-again believer has faith.  It is given to him by God when he receives Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  According to Romans 12:3, "God hath dealth to every man the measure of faith."  We know this is speaking of every born-again man for the letter to the Romans was written to Christian believers, and Paul, in

II Thessalonians 3:2, speaking of unreasonable and wicked men, says "for not all have faith (the God kind of faith)."  Ephesians 2:8,9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God."


            Faith is important.  We must have faith.  "But without faith it is impossible to please Him."  (Hebrews 11:6)  "Now the just shall live by faith."  (Hebrews 10:38)  "For we walk by faith, not by sight."  (II Corinthians 5:17)  "Whatever is not of faith is sin."  (Romans 14:23)


            In its simplest definition faith is believing and acting on the Word of God.  (Luke 6:46-49; James 1:22-25)  Faith is not being moved by what you feel or see but by the Word of God.  Faith is acting like God's Word is true - and it is.  Faith is believing the Word, doing the Word, speaking the Word.  "We, having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak."  (II Corinthians 4:13)


            God does not ask us to have 'blind faith'.  That is a misnomer.  Blind faith would be hope.  And faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  (Hebrews 11:1)  Faith has substance.  It is not blind, it is based on something.  That something is God's Word.  Faith is based on God's Word.  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. 


FAITH COMES


            Faith comes!  Hallelujah!  When faith comes, doubts go.  When faith comes, fears go.  When faith comes, sickness goes.  When faith comes, worry and anxiety go.  Jesus said all things are possible to him that believes.  (Mark 9:23)  How does faith come?  By hearing the Word of God!  This is more than just physical hearing with the physical ear, but rather receiving the Word of God into our spirit (by whatever means:  reading, listening, meditating, acting on, confessing, hearing).  W. E. Vine, a Greek scholar, defined 'hearing' in this verse as, "the receiving of a message, something more than the mere sense of hearing."


            So then, faith cometh by hearing the Word of God.  Or, faith (the faith we have) is developed by hearing (receiving) the Word of God.  The word cometh is not in the original Greek.  I believe an equally valid word would be developed.  The faith we have is developed by the Word of God.  Many people are begging, pleading and praying for more faith.  But we don't need more faith, God has given us the faith - we need more Word, to develop what we have.  Faith doesn't come from prayer, it comes from the Word.  Prayer doesn't make faith work, faith makes prayer work.  The Word develops the faith we have - the faith God has given us.


AN ANALOGY


            Faith is like muscles, or brains.  When a baby is born he has all the muscles and brains he'll ever have.  He doesn't receive more as he grows; he simply develops what he has.  When the human spirit is reborn he has all the faith he's going to have.  He doesn't receive more faith as he grows; he simply develops what he has, by the Word. 


            As that baby grows, he will be either strong or weak, intelligent or unintelligent depending on what he does with the muscles and brains he already has.  The level, or strength, of our faith is determined by how we develop it.  And, like the baby, we don't "arrive" overnight - we grow into strong faith.  Again, how do we develop it?  By the Word of God.  By hearing the Word, reading the Word, confessing the Word, meditating the Word, memorizing the Word, acting on the Word, listening to the Word preached and taught.  We need to consume our thought life with the Word of God!


            Many, many good Christians want to get rid of their problems but are not willing to put in the time and effort to get into the Word of God, and get the Word of God into them.  Many want prayer for their problems, but very few are willing to consume their lives with the beautiful, satisfying Word of God - the powerful Word of God that will drive out all problems!  "For the Word of God is alive and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword!"  (Hebrews 4:12) "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works!"  (II Timothy 3:16)  Do you see it?  This is the answer to the problems of this life.  Have you grasped the significance of God giving us this Book - this Almighty Word!" "If ye continue in my Word, THEN are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!"  (John 8:31-32)


WHAT DO WE LISTEN TO?


It is of utmost importance what we listen to, what we hear.  If faith comes by hearing the Word of God, would it be fair to say lack of faith comes by not hearing the Word of God?  Mark 4:23-25 (Amplified Bible):  "If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and perceive and comprehend.  And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing.  The measure of thought and study you give to the truth you hear will be the measure of virtue and knowledge that comes back to you, and more besides will be given to you who hear.  For to him who has will more be given, and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away by force."  Taken away by force.  The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.  (John 10:10)  Lack of Word = weak in faith = open to the devil.  Abundance of Word = strong in faith = freedom from the devil.  Ephesians 6:16, "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one."  "And this is the victory that overcometh the world (satan is the god of this world, II Corinthians 4:4) even our faith."  I John 5:4


            Faith comes by watching the TV?  No!  Faith comes by reading the newspaper?  No!  Faith comes by listening to music?  No!  FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD! 


            Part of hearing the Word is to act on what we hear.  "Blessed-happy and to be envied-are they who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it."  (Luke 11:28, Amplified)  "But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."  (James 1:22)  The way we do the Word is to act on it and confess it (speak it out loud). 


IN CONCLUSION


            Realize that when the Word is going out, faith comes.  Every time we have an opportunity to receive the Word, we have an opportunity to build and develop our faith.  Make the decision to get as much of the Word in your life as possible.  There is no limit to faith.  When you're not reading the Word, listen to it on tape.  When you're not listening to it, meditate it.  When you're not meditating the Word, confess it out loud.  When you're not confessing it, listen to it taught or preached.  If you're not doing any of these, go out and preach it yourself.  Tell somebody about Jesus - that's what walking in victory is all about - bringing deliverance to a lost and dying world.  Each time you do one of these things faith is coming.  Receive it.  Mix the faith you have with the Word you are hearing.  (Hebrews 4:2)


            Let's make the decision to hear the Word and receive it, to act on the Word and confess it.  Practice it.  Begin to develop your faith and grow.  Be patient.  (Luke 8:15)  Faith will come.  Your faith will develop.  The more Word you get in you, the greater your faith will be.  "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."  (Acts 20:32)

  

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