We know that we need to have faith in God to live our lives to the fullest.
People talk about that often.
But how do we get it? Where does faith come from?
One day, when my daughter was young, she came home from school very excited. As she slammed the door and threw down her books, Leslie told me that she had prayed with a friend to receive Jesus as Savior.
And she animatedly told me all about it.
On the bus, she had told Jack about Jesus and he seemed excited, so she asked if he wanted to receive Him.
Then she asked, “Do you believe in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead.?”
Young Jack tensed every muscle in his body, scrunched up his face, held his breath, and gasped, "yes."
As my daughter told me, she was very expressive as she demonstrated Jack’s faith.
Aren't we like that? We feel as if we need to try harder to somehow conjure up the necessary faith.
We strain harder, like Jack holding his breath, but it just doesn't happen.
Well, there's a reason that we can't conjure it up. Faith doesn't come that way. We can't force ourselves to have great faith by tensing our bodies or holding our breath.
Faith is a natural outgrowth of meditating on the word of God – the Bible.
Romans 10:17 says "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”
So why two "hearings?" It takes two.
That word for hearing in the Greek is "rhema." It refers to God speaking to you.
It’s like your “Eureka” moment.
You get it. You understand it. You hear it in a new way.
When you read the Bible, God begins to speak to your heart. It's truly a supernatural thing that happens.
You read and meditate on (think about and repeat) the word of God and you begin to hear God speaking to you personally.
As you hear that, you find yourself believing.
I believe that one of the greatest miracles in our world today is the Bible.
God, over hundreds of years, spoke to men and gave them His wisdom. He laid down His plans and revealed His nature.
Centuries before Jesus came to the earth, God spoke through Isaiah and others, telling of the sacrifice that Jesus would accomplish.
At first people didn't understand it, but later, when Jesus fulfilled the scripture, men were able to "get it." Eureka! Rhema!
If you haven't read your Bible much in awhile - or ever - I challenge you.
Begin to read it on a regular basis. And don't just read it. Find some scriptures which are especially significant to you, and say them over to yourself throughout the day.
Ponder them. Let them stay in the forefront of your mind. You will begin to believe what you are saying.
Just as the physical food you eat automatically becomes nutrition for your body, this spiritual food of God's word will strengthen and develop your spirit and you will find yourself growing in spiritual strength. Your faith will grow by itself as you feed your spirit.
Mark 4:26-28 NASB The Kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed (God’s Word) upon the soil (man’s heart); and goes to bed by night, and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows – how he does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the full grain in the head.
Life is truly an adventure when we nourish our spirits this way.
We will find ourselves believing powerfully. We will know that we know at a very deep level that God’s Word is true.
This is the way we acquire faith – and it’s the way we gain the courage to act on that faith.
God's plan is such a great one, if we will just get in on it!
There is no more exciting life than the life of faith.