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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Growth of faith in the Christian's life.

Has these little studies on faith helped you and helped strengthened your faith?  I hope so, it is not an easy study to really grasp what faith really is but hopefully we will understand a little bit more about it enough to go on and study some more on our own.  This study is growing in the Christian faith. It should be helpful.

1 Corinthians 16:13,14  "Watch, stand fast in the faith.  Be brave, be strong.  Let all that you do be done with love.'

Acts 14:22  "Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith."

Romans 4:20-24  (speaking of Abraham)  "He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith giving glory to God.  And being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform  And therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him but also for us.  It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead."

1 Timothy 1:19  "Having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck."

2 Timothy 1:12  "For this reason I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day."

Luke 17:5  "And the apostles said to Him, Lord, increase our faith."

How do we grow in our Christian faith?  Let's go over the verses above.  Jesus was always strengthening the souls of His disciples.  Be brave and be strong and stand fast in the faith and let it be done with love.  The love part is a big thing.  Abraham didn't waver in His faith at the promise of God to give him a son through Sarah even though they were well up in years.  And God counted his faith as righteousness and it wasn't written just for him alone but for us also if we believe in Him.

Some have rejected the faith and have suffered shipwreck.  Can we say with Timothy that we know whom we have believed and we are persuaded that He is able to keep what we have committed to Him until He comes again. Are we ashamed of our faith in God?  We can't be and have perfect faith in Him.  And the apostles said to Him, Lord, increase our faith.  You know that we can pray that same prayer.  Lord, increase our faith.  Let's do it and watch our faith increase as we read His word and walk worthy of Him.  If I can come up with some more good texts on faith I will do another one simply because I want to understand faith better, much better.  Grandma Joan

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