Saturday, October 2, 2021

How Does Faith Come?


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John 6:63 (KJV), “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

Trust is the proof of faith, it is the outworking of faith. Trust itself is resting in assurance (Isaiah 30:15). Faith is not earned, it is given (John 3:27). The best you can do is position yourself in a way that gives you easy access to the one who gives faith. God is the one who gives faith and he does this by sending you the spirit of faith (2 Corinthians 4:13). Every good and perfect gift comes from God; faith is one of these gifts.

Cast all your cares on the Lord, for he cares (1 Peter 5:7) is a statement the world and canal Christian can't understand. You must have eyes to see and ears to hear that God cares before you can cast your cares on him. God is the maker of seeing eyes and hearing ears (Proverbs 20:12) and this is a mystery to the world and to the carnal Christians, because, only those who have paid or are willing to pay the price of staying under Jesus' tutelage, discipline, and discipleship have the blessedness of a seeing eye and a hearing ear (Matthew 13:16). Yet you must taste before you see that the Lord is good (Psalms 34:8) and it is after you've seen that the Lord is good that you can trust him. You see, if you have faith, it is not because you chose to, it was given to you.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), thus, the duty of everyone who wants to please God is to position himself in a way that gives him easy access to the giver of faith. Hearing the word of God is the way (Romans 10:17).

If you want to have faith, keep reading, studying, listening to, and fellowshipping with the letters (Bible) until you've been able to pick God's voice in those letters. It's the word of God to you that fosters faith in your heart. Remember that the words that he speaks are spirit; have to ability to give faith and are life (John 3:63). God still speaks (John 10:27) and unless you're able to hear him speak to you, you won't be able to have faith, for faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).

Go into today making up your mind to keep reading and studying the letter (Bible), fellowshipping with believers in sermons and services until you're able to hear God's faith-giving voice.

Prayer: I receive grace to keep hearing the word of God until faith is formed in me in Jesus’ name. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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