where does faith comes from? How can faith be increased? The word say “Faith comes by hearing , and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Since this is true, faith is increased as believers fill their lives with the Word. This is quite revealing because it exposes the opposite truth. The reason believers have so little faith to exercise is the lack of the Word of God filling their livers.The application from these thoughts is, that the more Christians exercise themselves in Scripture the more their faith will grow.
There is one disclaimer to this application, some believers make it a ritual to read the Bible, some even memorize it, but their faith doesn’t seem to grow. Does this nullify the truth that the Word of God brings faith? No. The bible says it is “it is not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). It also adds, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63)
Exercising oneself in the Scripture without the illumination of the spirit is less effective or as the Bible say ineffective, to increase faith. Two Greek words are often translated as the Word in the Bible, logos and rhema. Logos speaks of the expression of God and is used in John 1:1 saying “In the beginning was the Word.” It refers there to Jesus or to the whole council of God elsewhere. Rhema is often used to speak of a particular passage of Scripture that is illuminated by the spirit for a specific application. Some have called it a word from the Word. With this in mind, it would be a rhema from the logos that the spirit would used to build faith.
Believers who experience faith rising as they engage in God’s Word are usually inspired by the Spirit in a particular passage which specifically speaks to illuminate their situation. That is a rhema from God’s logo, a word quickened by the spirit from the Word of God. So what should Christians do, wait with their Bible in hand till the spirit inspires them? No. Believers should search the Scriptures for passages which speak accurately and directly to their needs or situation. By meditating on these sections of Holy Scripture they are filling their minds, hearts and spirits with God’s thoughts, His Word.
As believers work with the Word, searching it and applying it in this way, the spirit will illumine some part and faith will come forth. Rather than waiting passively and praying for faith, believers can dive into God’s promises and then experience the spirit bringing light to their needs and faith to their hearts. Believers who understand this begin to stand up and say, “God’s Word say it, and I am believing it to happen.”
God gives us everything we need to live this life. He gives us His Word and His Spirit. What a blessing! He even tells us how to grow in our faith. Reading the Word, listening to the Word, Studying the Word and letting the Holy Spirit speak to you about the Word will do us wonders. Why do we let dust grow on our Bibles? Why do we not use our iPods and such to hear God’s Word instead of the latest and greatest song? We have so much opportunity that we waste, that we could spend with God.
That is exactly right. That is the reason the psalmist David said: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee (psalm 119:11
Thanks a lot wisejunction.
There is nothing better than connecting through the Spirit to God’s Word.
Indeed. The Word of God is nourishment for the soul. It is the food that is required to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ. Without His Word we are bound to fail. But failure is not an option for those who love Him. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him (Psalm 34:8).
Thanks a lot for your encouragement MainWriters. Stand firm in the faith, be of courage and be strong.