Growing Faith

Our faith is a gift, given in a measure at salvation. Romans 12:3 says, “For I say, through grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” 2 Peter 1:5-7 is a list of what we are to add to our faith.

Now if we add a little yeast to bread dough, it will permeate and bring an increase to the dough. There is an interesting aspect of our faith. In order for it to grow, we must decrease. John the Baptist said in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” 1 John 2:6 says, “He who abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” 

Decreasing so that He may increase is a huge part of our progressive sanctification. As we abide with the Lord through His word, He will lead us deeper into His truth that will set us free from ourselves. When I was in 1st grade, we were given a coloring book. It was all based on teaching us to not be “Me First” but to share.

What are we called to do? Share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our faith is reflected through our life’s experiences as we are around others. No man is an island. We live in a community. How we are in the marketplace, reflects what we believe, and Who we believe in. 2 Peter 1:3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him…”

Verse 9 says that if we don’t add to our faith, we will be shortsighted, forgetting that we were cleansed from our old sins. The list we are to add, is incorporated in our interpersonal relationships. Virtue is moral excellence. Knowledge puffs up unless it is used to humble us. When I think about the Lord’s attributes, I become very small. To our knowledge we are to add self-control. There would be no crime if everyone exercised this character quality. Then there is perseverance that only grows through our trials. Godliness is exemplifying the Lord’s character. Brotherly kindness is key to unity in diversity. Love is the last. Colossians 3:14 says, “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

The Lord purifies our faith through our fiery trials. Our trials cause the hidden dross to surface. Nothing is hidden except that it might be revealed. Hebrew 4:13 Amplified is a great reminder for us. It says, “And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”

We decrease in our fleshly desires, as He increases through our focus on Him alone. Remember when Peter, James, and John were on the mountain? Jesus was transfigured before them. Matthew 17:8 says, “When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” We are transformed, according to 2 Corinthians 3:18, as we gaze at Him.

May we decrease so that He may increase. May we grow in grace and in our knowledge of Him. May we exemplify Him through our actions which come from our thoughts. May our thoughts please the Lord. May we glorify Him through our thoughts, words, and actions. We are in a unique time of history. Let us be about our Father’s business.

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