Let’s talk about faith. I talk to a lot of people who express, with sadness, that they just don’t think they have enough faith. What I hear from their hearts is that they feel condemned and inadequate when they hear someone tell them to just have faith in God and everything will work out. While it is true that trusting God is the best choice in every situation because God will never disappoint you, so many people feel like they fall short in the arena of having faith.
First of all, let’s go back to the Scripture I mentioned in our last post. God has given to every person the measure of faith (Rom. 12:3). You see, God has given you everything you need to have enough faith to see you through any difficulty. He is not an unjust God. He would not tell you to have faith if He hadn’t already given you the tools to have it. The Scripture tells us that with the faith of a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, we can move mountains (Mark 11:23). It should also be a comfort to you to know that Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith (Heb. 12:2). He is perfect, and He is not going to give you less than you need to be an overcomer in this world. God has deposited into every believer’s spirit the same measure of faith. You have what it takes. Now you just need to grow your faith.
How do you do that? You study God’s Word. Knowledge of the Word and its promises to you will grow or develop your faith. If you don’t know what God’s Word says on a particular issue, you can’t believe in accordance with all that God wants to do for you. If, however, you are desiring victory in a certain area, and you find Scripture that shows you the way to that victory, hope will be kindled in your heart, and you can stand strong until you overcome. So, you see, it may not be a lack of faith, but a lack of the knowledge of God's Word that is the issue, and that is easy to fix.
God's Word contains His very life Spirit. It is the breath of God. It is His creative power given to us to use against every scheme of the devil, every oppression, every discouragement, every hindrance, bondage, or temptation. His Word is our power to succeed, to overcome, to win, to accomplish all of His great plans for each one of us. When you find His Word regarding your situation or issue, read it, speak it, believe it. It will grow larger than life in your very spirit, and faith will come. Nothing will be able to move you, and in the face of every difficulty, you will say, “I am an overcomer. I can do all things with God, who is able (Phil. 4:13).”
Let's look at this in terms of real life. Let's say that you believe someone has treated you unjustly. How can God's Word help you? First of all, we find Scripture that tells us not to become offended (Prov. 19:11); this is what you are required to do even if you feel you are in the right. God's Word also tells you to forgive the person who has harmed you (Mark 11:25). Remember, the Scripture also says vengeance is God's (Rom. 12:19). These may seem like unreasonable requests, but God tells us to walk this way for a reason. You see, He knows that if you become offended and unforgiving, your spirit will become embittered, and when that happens, you will begin to respond in anger and from a position of hurt not only in this situation, but in other situations. In the end, that is going to hurt you more than anyone else. Does forgiving mean you cannot confront the person who harmed you? Of course not, but God also outlines a way to do that. He tells us to speak to them about the situation, and to not gossip with others behind their back, to not be a backbiter (Mt. 18:15-17; Eph. 4:29-3). Remember, ladies, we have all been in need of God's grace and mercy and forgiveness, and we owe others no less. Additionally, God does not want you to reap the rewards of insecurity and low self-esteem that gossiping about others will eventually deposit into your own spirit. His perfect will in all situations is healing and peace. If we just follow His Word, do what He says, and stand in faith, that will always be the fruit we bear and receive...and that means victory!
Now that's just one example of how to find and apply the Word, watch God work for you in your situation, and build your faith. You can use the Word for anything and everything...healing, finances, relationships, any life issue. Just find out what God says about your situation and apply it.
The Word working in your spirit brings life to you...peace, joy, patience, gentleness, all the fruit of the Spirit. Once you have studied out the Word in your situation, do not waiver. Do not even speak against what the Word promises, no matter what the circumstances look like. Wait patiently and watch God's Word work on your behalf. The Scripture tells us after we have done all to stand (Eph. 6:13-17). That means believe the Word, do what it says, and watch God bring you through to victory. He is faithful to His Word, and it will not return void to Him, but it will accomplish what He has sent it forth to do (Isa. 55:11). That is what faith is...taking God at His Word. That’s all you need to do, and watch your faith soar!