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20 Feb – Increasing your faith (Pt 1)

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“Faith does not refuse to look at the circumstances in front of us; faith looks beyond all difficulties to God and His promises”.

Everyone has a measure of faith, it is deposited within each of us so that we can come into a relationship with Jesus. But we also have the opportunity to grow that measure of faith. God wants us to live by faith; it pleases Him.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”. (Hebrews 11:6)

Greatness does not depend on our position in life but upon our respect of the positive ideas that flow into our imagination. God reveals to us to believe that we are brilliant, creative and powerful. We get a mental picture and it can by the working of faith turn into a physical reality. When we believe in our ideas, and God’s ability to bring them to pass, faith will survive.

I’ve discovered there is a process to faith. We go from faith to faith.

1.Potential stage – God speaks; He may also use others around us to speak confirming words or possibility. A prophetic word, an image or idea, a dream planted. We don’t have to have the faith for it all to come to pass, just enough to receive the seed of an idea or dream.

Faith begins when we begin to believe the ideas God sends us. Beware however because faith can die at this potential stage unless we grab hold of that “little seed”, and it is planted firmly within us, by soaking it in the Word and promises of God.

2.Problem stage – This part of the faith walk is when we realise we need more faith to possess what has been planted in us.

Take heart though, a problem is a springboard to our breakthrough. Often we don’t seek to change without a crisis or problem. I have a saying that “God will allow us to be uncomfortable as a catalyst for change” We are primarily comfort seekers, and it’s often only when we are uncomfortable that we take steps to shift and grow. We are being set up for breakthrough!

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ”. (Romans 10:17)

God wants us to be in a continual position of believing Him for new things. Faith is not a stagnant thing. It’s always moving, from faith to faith. “The just (righteous) will live by faith” (Romans 1:17)

A few years ago we took a trip to Europe with five of our children. A dream we had held onto for many years, we’d prayed, given in faith, and held onto the promises of God and His desire to bless us. It was an amazing and very special time as a family for us. On boarding the flight home, I started to thank the Lord for our amazing time. Straight away I heard Him say, “That’s great, now where would you like to go next?” I was a little amazed. Here I was thanking God for the blessing I had just received, and He was already asking me how He could bless us again. The seed for our next big family adventure was planted.

Today ask yourself,” Have you any seeds of faith within you? Something you are believing God for? Has He spoken? Have you had a possibility, an idea, a dream planted within you? Go to God and His promises and seek Him for what He wants to release next in your life.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. (Hebrews 11:1)

Prayer: Lord I thank you for your promises and your desire for me to grow from faith to faith. Please plant in me a seed of an idea or vision so that I can begin to believe you for bigger and better things in my life. Plant in me your plans for my life. In Jesus Name Amen.

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