“I don’t have faith”; “My faith is not enough”; “My faith is not strong”; “I wish I had more faith.” We have all said those phrases as we have also said that a person “has a lot of faith”, their “faith is so strong,” they have “amazing faith” and are so “faith-filled.”
There is some comfort in knowing that we have all been given a “measure of faith.”
Rom 12:3 “…think of yourself with sober judgement in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”
But the question I used to ask was: “Is the measure of faith I have been given less that He has given other people?” Emphatically, no, it is not less. But it is important to understand what scripture says about faith.
The faith we have is a “gift from God” (Eph 2:8) and it is enough to bring us into salvation, to believe and receive Jesus Christ as Lord. This faith-gift carries with it victory over the world and is all that is needed to “overcome the world.” ( 1 John 5:1-5) This is the measure of faith that God gives us as believers and everybody receives it in their Spirit upon salvation.
It is like a seed of belief deposited in your spirit that then needs to be developed and used in your daily life. We need to grow in our ability to “live by faith” Heb 10:38 says: “Now the just shall live by faith.” If we don’t practice and grow our faith, it will stay the same size (measure). God our Father deposits this faith in us and grows and develops it in us (Heb 12:2) because He is the “author and the finisher of our faith.”
How does our faith grow? “Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God” – Rom 10:17. The source of faith is the Word of God, regularly hearing the Word and putting it into practice develops faith. “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22. You feed your spirit with the Word of God and this grows the seed of faith that God has deposited in you.
“Pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” Prov 4:20-23
So I understand that all of us are given the same gift of faith which is enough for salvation and to overcome the world. I also understand that this faith deposited in me can grow and IS grown by spending time in the Word of God and putting it into practice. God continually grows the faith in me as author and finisher of my faith.
Therefore the “measure of faith” I have is the result of me spending time in God’s Word and co-operating with Him in developing my measure of faith. Now I also understand why the father in Mark 9 could say in verse 24: “Lord I believe, help me in my unbelief.” He had faith, a measure of it, but was asking Jesus to increase it, to expand his understanding to believe more. When we spend time in the Word, our understanding of God is expanded and our faith increased.
Just like our physical body is strengthened by regular food, so our spiritual person is strengthened by regular spiritual food, the Word of God.
There is already a deposit of faith in me, it is grown to be my “measure of faith,” which is what I already understand to be true according to the Word of God. The challenge is to speak and act according to the truth that I know.
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