“But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”” Galatians 3:11
As the righteousness of God in Christ, we live by faith. Every believer ought to live by faith – faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Note, your living is by faith. The stronger your faith, the greater will be the quality of your life. Faith in the Lord makes your life better. In today’s lesson, I want to show you – In order to make your faith strong, you got to feed your faith.
Let’s look at a few verses,
“(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 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.” Romans 4:17-21
The above verses are talking about Abraham – how He moved from being weak in faith to becoming strong in faith. You too can move from weak faith to strong faith. No one has to stay in weak faith zone. If you make a quality decision and take the right steps, you will find your faith becoming strong.
Why was Abraham’s faith weak?
Abraham was feeding on the wrong things. God gave him the Word saying, I have made you a father of many nations. Instead of focusing and meditating on what God has said, Abraham chose to focus and dwell on the contradictions – He began to consider his hundred year old body which was as good as dead and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
Faith can only be fed by the Word of God.
This decision of Abraham to focus on the contradictions made him approach Hagar and by his own efforts produced Ishmael, who is also called child of the flesh. The Lord doesn’t give you a Word and then ask you to fulfil His word. No sir! He gives His Word and He expects you to believe Him and He will fulfil it in your life. He doesn’t need your help, He needs your faith.
Abraham wasn’t feeding on the right food. When you don’t eat, you become weak. His faith became weak because He wasn’t feeding his faith with the Word of God. Like Abraham, we too try to fulfil God’s promises by our own efforts. It is an indication and a symptom of weak faith. Weak faith is a result of not feeding on the Word of God. Any believer who doesn’t feed on the Word of God will have weak faith.
“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,” Romans 4:20
He did not waver at the promise of God – the moment He took the Word of God seriously and started to dwell, ponder and meditate on it, His faith began to feed richly on the Word of God. His faith became strong. Can you see it? When His diet changed, His faith moved from weak zone to strong zone. If you desire to have a strong faith, make sure you are eating the right food. Unless you eat right, faith cannot grow right.
What are you feeding on? What are you thinking about most of the time? What dominates your thoughts? Is it the promises of God or the contradictions? Think about this, when God made a promise to Abraham ‘I have made you a father of many nations’, didn’t He know of the contradictions? Didn’t God know that Abraham is 100 years old and Sarah’s womb is dead? Of course God knew it really well. But still He made the promise to Abraham. If the contradictions didn’t bother God, then it shouldn’t bother us my friend.
Faith is fed by the revelation of God’s word.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Romans 10:17
In the Greek, ‘Faith comes by hearing the Rhema of God.’ Rhema refers to revelation of the Word of God. Rhema is the spoken word of God. When God speaks to you, your faith feeds on it. The voice of God feeds faith. Every time God speaks to you, your faith eats. Every time God speaks to you, your faith is nourished. Every time God speaks to you, your faith is built.
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ””Matthew 4:4
“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Psalms 119:130
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”” John 8:31-32
The voice of God is IN the written word of God. As you meditate on the Word of God with an objective of becoming one with it, the Holy Spirit will give you revelations. As you make yourself available for the anointed teachings of the Word, the Spirit of God will give you revelations. These revelations will feed your faith richly. The Holy Spirit is the feeder of your faith.
Make yourself available for the personal study of God’s word as well as for the word teachings if you desire to feed your faith. Such efforts are required to position yourself to hear the voice of God which feeds and nourishes your faith.
When the Spirit of God speaks!
Every revelation given by the Holy Spirit leads to the unveiling of the greatness of the Almighty God and is intended to draw you closer to the Lord of Hosts. The primary purpose of revelation is not freedom. Freedom comes with revelation because the Bible says you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. When the Spirit of God speaks, He magnifies and glorifies Jesus and draws you closer to the Father of lights.
Look at these two verses again,
“(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;” Romans 4:17
“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.” Romans 4:20-21
In your meditations of the Word and in listening to the anointed teachings of the Word, the Holy Spirit speaks to you with a purpose. He expects you to take what He has promised you and become one with it. As you dwell on the Rhema word of the Holy Spirit, you will begin to see the wonders of Jesus and you will be drawn closer to Him. What the Spirit of God has spoken, the Spirit of God will fulfil.
Keep meditating on the Word and let the Holy Spirit feed your faith richly. As your faith grows stronger, you will be able to receive and take much from the Father’s table. The work of the Spirit of the Lord will grow and increase in you, through you and for you mightily. Feed your faith today!
You are victorious in Christ!