Increasing Our Faith

To build positive faith, that is, belief in truth and righteousness, we must not be in a hurry. We must be earnest, sincere, and above all, fearless. If we fear that trust in the words and principles of Yahweh (God) might carry us in a direction that we would become social outcasts, or that our lives would be upset in some way, we will not develop our little seed of faith. Our main goal must be to find truth because we love righteousness and not because we want to establish a reputation in the ministry or to be accepted by a particular church. Truth makes us humble, not haughty.

To find truth, we must have a sense of adventure and be willing to be a trail-blazer. We must enjoy being alone as we search for the Holy Spirit. We must be able to temporarily free ourselves from the thoughts of our daily responsibilities. We must trust in the principles of Christ and be willing to act in them, for where much is known much is required. We must feel comfort in the praise that comes from our Heavenly Father only and not of men.

The meaning of biblical faith is to trust in Yahweh; to trust in righteousness, in love, peace, gentleness, patience, kindness, etc.  We must understand the word of truth, agree with it and then put it into action until it becomes our instinctive reaction.

We can prepare our minds so that obedience will be less difficult. We are in control of our thoughts and must familiarize ourselves with our God. He is the substance of love. We should direct our thoughts to the elements of love; its strength, its conduct, and its effect. Then we will notice the many opportunities to put love into action. We must learn by exercise to have confidence (faith) in the principle of love.

We can learn from Proverbs 15:1: “A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” First we must believe in the principle of love and that it will overpower anger before it can become a part of our character.

Character-changing faith separates mankind from animals. But this faith needs cultivation. When Christ walked as a man, he was eager to shed light on the power of faith and its easy access. (See Matthew 6:30, 8:26, 16:8.)
Self-centeredness, immorality, and cruelty, are so common among the very ones that were created to be filled with the Father—his attributes, his character, his substance, and his power—yet, they are unable to comprehend the power of faith. They put all their faith in themselves instead of in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.

 

There is a broad way that leads to destruction, and those who go in that way are those who find excuses for not putting into action the principles of righteousness. The need to protect the fleshly nature takes preeminence over the word of Yahweh and they are unfruitful in righteousness.

There is one thing we all have in common—we believe in something. Our belief is either destructive or constructive; it all depends upon the company we keep and the information we are feeding ourselves. If we do not learn what is trustworthy, then we waste one of the priceless gifts we have as human beings.

In the parable of the sower, in Matthew 13:20, it is the “good soil” that gives a harvest—the soil tilled and prepared. This soil represents our hearts and minds. We  should prepare our mind to be receptive to the seeds of truth that come our way, thereby, building our faith in truth and righteousness.

One way of building faith is to dare to use the fruit of the Holy Spirit to combat the evil that is manifesting itself through others. The Bible promises that new insight will come if we follow the principles of righteousness. Luke 11:9-12 instructs us: “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.”
Faith produces action. The door into the Kingdom of Heaven is opened from the other side—you do not open it yourself. On the other hand, it does not open if you do not knock.

In Galatians 6:9, Paul said, “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” We will not strive endlessly without success.

If truth is pushed upon a person who is not attracted to it, then its value will not be realized. If we have sought the Lord passionately for insight, we will appreciate the Light of truth when it comes.

Second Timothy 2:15 tells us to study to show ourselves approved unto the Lord. We must learn to rightly divide the word of truth. The revealed word will make a demand on us. We must share it, defend it, and most of all walk in it. Sharing a revelation expands that word of truth in our hearts, it embeds it deep within us. If we are not diligent to do this, we will become engulfed with the cares of the world before the word is deeply embedded in our mind and we will forget it and not reap its benefits.

When a truth is revealed to us, it is not made less personal because others have heard it first. What is important is that our mind has become the well tilled soil in which the seed of truth can grow and set us free from sin. (See John 8:32.)

It is very important to realize that when we recognize a truth, it is the beginning of a journey and not the end. We should use the knowledge we have to the best of our ability, because knowledge is power when anointed by the Spirit of Wisdom.

Several times, our SAVIOR said, “O ye of little faith.”  In Matthew 17:20, He said, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Our Heavenly Father has given us the knowledge and strength to build machinery that can literally move mountains, but these mountains are those things that prevent us from growing spiritually. These mountains are anger, resentment, hurt feelings, grudges, prejudice, hate, etc. These are mountains that many people go to their grave without ever learning how to move them out of their way. If our ground is not ready to receive a seed of truth, it will die or be devoured by the enemy before it has time to produce the fruit that has the power to move the mountain.

In Romans 12:3, Paul goes on to say that Yahweh “has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” We all have the potential to move mountains—we can be victorious—but that measure of faith is as a seed that must be planted, watered, protected, and developed before one bears fruit that is able to move our spiritual mountains and feed others.

If we are to live with a sense of purpose, we must make sense of our place in the world, and to do so, we must feel it vital. Our purpose is to function in the Kingdom of the Father—the Kingdom of Righteousness. The potential is already within us. It is up to us to develop that which has been given to us. We are the ones who have been given control over the works of our Father’s hands. This control is according to how we believe. It depends on what we have faith in. (See Matthew 9:29.)

Christ said to seek his Kingdom of Righteousness and everything else will be added unto us (Matt. 6:33). If we are functioning in the flesh-realm, we are reaping the results of that realm. If we hear the truth of the Gospel of righteousness, then our lives will reflect that, for we are a manifestation of our faith.  For as our faith is, so shall it be. (See Mat. 9:29.)

Paul said, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God [Yahweh]” (Romans 10:17). Hearing the Word comes by exposure to the Word. But we must not stop there, we must have the determination and desire to submit to that word and act on it. Without this, we cannot enter into the realm of the Spirit, we cannot enter into the Kingdom of Yahweh; we will not eat of the Tree of Life.

We are to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. For if we hear the Word and do not put it into action, we are like a man looking at himself in a mirror: he sees himself, his lower nature, but turns and goes his way and quickly forgets that he needs a change in his character.

If we become one with the light of truth that is given to us, we will produce the fruit of righteousness. We become a light in the world.