We have saved the fruit of faith for last. There is a lot of talk of faith these days. Faith in politicians. Faith in political parties. Faith in science. Faith in yourself. Faith in faith. The cry of our day should be that of the Apostle Paul, on ship that was sinking. He declared to all around him, “I believe God…”
Let’s start with a definition. I will give the Strong’s definition of the underlying Greek word for faith. The word is pistis. It means:
-persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession;
Faith is confidence in God; faith in what He has said. Faith in His Word. Hebrews 11 demonstrates all that people accomplished who had this confidence in God. They were persuaded of His trustworthiness. They relied on Him for their temporal, and their eternal salvation.
That seems relatively straightforward. Faith is necessary for salvation, and the same faith should serve us well throughout the rest of our lives.
Now, faith is a wonderful thing. However, it should be said plainly that Bible faith is from God alone.
Here, the Apostle Paul says that faith is a fruit of the Spirit.
The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith.
Paul also mentions, in Romans 12, that God gives to every man a measure of faith, yet at the same time he tells the Thessalonica Christians, in 2 Thessalonians 3:2, that all men have not faith.
The Holy Spirit gives us faith as one of His fruits, and develops faith in us as we walk in submission to him. Here are some thoughts on faith.
- Faith requires and object. (i.e. “Have faith in God” Mark 11:22)
- Faith is measurable. ( “O ye of little faith” Matthew 6:30/ “Measure of faith” Romans 12:3)
- Faith can be increased. ( “Increase our faith” Luke 17:5/ “Great is thy faith” Matthew 15:28″
Our goal as we look at the fruit of faith over the next few days will be to discover how God can grow our faith, and how our faith can be shown in our lives, and visible to those around us. Let us leave off today with a prayer.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a measure of faith. Help me to exercise my faith in your Word today. Let me live in the confidence that what you have said, you will do. Where my faith is weak, I ask that you would strengthen it. Where my faith is small, I ask that you would increase it. Where my faith is put to the test, I ask that you would purify it. In Jesus name, amen.