Having Faith

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In order for any Rhema booklet to work effectively, we must have faith in the power of God's word. If we do not surrender our lives to Christ and believe in him with all our hearts, we cannot expect him to intercede on our behalf. Jesus said in Mathew 17:20: "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

One of the best ways to increase your faith is to read and meditate on God's s word:

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

Once the message is heard, we need to be truthful with ourselves about our shortcomings. We cannot make excuses or try to justify our sinful behavior in order to quiet our consciences. When we study Gods word, it becomes very clear what he considers to be sin. The Bible is the infallible word of God; we cannot disregard the parts we think are irrelevant to our own situation when it becomes convenient to do so. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 4:3-5:

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

We must also take God's word seriously, being obedient to what he is telling us. We cannot expect Scripture to help us in our lives if we merely read it but do not apply it.

James 1:21-22 reminds us: 

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 

 You may be unaware of the sin that is prevalent in your life. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What things or distractions are keeping me from getting closer to God?
  • Where do I go for comfort or relief in time of stress?
  • Do my actions contradict my beliefs?

The Bible warns us not to be complacent and fall into temptation: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak. (Mark 14:38)