Ecouragement

Where does Faith come 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 increased as believers filled their lives with the Word. Hence, believers have so little Faith to exercise because of the lack of the Word of God filling their lives. So, the more Christians exercise themselves in Scripture; the more their Faith will grow.

There is one disclaimer to this rule, 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 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 quickened; the flesh profited 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, like the Bible say, ineffective to increase Faith. 

Does God Test Those He Chose To Lead?


Of course, God tests His chosen! There is a mountain of Biblical evidence that God often uses hardship to try His chosen ones. Moreover, quite often, those tests resemble the trials and tribulation the devil place upon us.

So, aside from the hardships that come naturally on your Christian journey, there are also more than a few tricky situations that God uses to test your commitment and resiliency. Therefore, as you navigate this narrow path, it is of paramount importance that you understand that not every trial you face is designed to destroy you. The Bible says, ..” the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:6).

For example, Job 1: 1-3 states, “There once was a man named Job, who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.”

Still yet, God allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him. And in a short period, Job lost all his livestock. Then a desert wind blows down his house, killing all of his ten children. And when Job did not falter, Satan doubled down and afflicted him with painful sores all over his body. Unable to help her husband, Job’s wife urges him to curse God and die. However, Job stays true to his commitment to God.

And in the end, “the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before” ( Job 42:10)…So he lived for another 140 years.

You shall rise from the ashes


Life is not a bed of roses. It doesn’t matter who you are; you are going to face tribulation. Sometimes all you will see around you are dark clouds. And it matters not how hard you try to turn things around; nothing breaks in your favor. Now, you begin to wonder why me? But God answers with the question, “Why not you.”

As children of God, we must be steadfast in our commitment to Christ. We cannot be wishy-washy. The patriarch, Job was not, even when he lost everything, Peter was not, even as he languished in jail, Paul was not, despite many shipwrecks and imprisonment, and Jacob, the swindler, refused to let the angel go until he received a blessing.

Every one of the men mentioned above rises out of their tribulation better off than they were. And you can too. Just hold firm to God’s unchanging hands. And you also shall rise.