Faith 101 – Part 6
How We Grow and Sustain Our Faith
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”. Sounds easy huh?
Because of the stresses of life and the pressures of living and striving to be
successful at what we do, keeping the Word of God first place in your life is
extremely challenging. However, one thing we know, whatever is important to us
we will make it a high priority and no matter what, we will get it done. That’s how
we must be with God.
Matthew 6:33 …But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all
these things shall be added to you.
Did you notice that the first word in that sentence was, but? Before this scripture
Jesus is explaining why we shouldn’t worry about the simple things of life. Our
basic necessities are taken care of, always. Yet we work 2 or 3 jobs or work
excessive overtime to make ends meet. We worry about life instead of living life to
its fullest. How do I do that Pastor Lynette? By making God your first priority. We
must love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength.
What does His righteousness look like? It looks like Jesus! By doing the Word of
God and staying so close to the Word that we learn and grow and start to sound,
look and act just like Jesus.
Our great example was Jesus. The years of consecration from birth to 30 years of
age had to be intense and consistent for such power and confidence to flow from
Him. We cannot forget that Jesus was a man just like we are, and he had to live
this life just like us, by faith.
Remember what the Word said when Jesus was born and what it said about Him.
Let’s go back a little
Luke 2:39-40…39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of
the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child
grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was
You may say, “But that was Jesus!”. Each one of us has the opportunity to grow
strong in spirit and be filled with the wisdom of God and God’s grace is always
Remember when Jesus was 12 years old at the temple.
Luke 2:42-47…42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem
according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they
returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And [l]Joseph and His
mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they
went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46
Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the
midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And
all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
Really???, at 12 years old? He grew strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom
because of the study of the scriptures and prayer and communication with the
Father. It is imperative that we stay close to the Father and have constant
dialogue and connection with Him. He becomes more real than the things we see
in the natural. That! was the secret success of Jesus.
You find that is the case with each person of faith in the bible. In order to grow
and sustain your faith, you must love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and
strength. You must love Him more than anything or anyone. He is your source of
everything. Your source of joy, love, peace, food, clothing, finances, absolutely
everything. And when we learn to make Him first in our lives, your peace will
surpass all understanding in the eyes of others; but you will know who the peace
Your faith will be unbreakable, unmovable and you will stand through the test of
Join me next week as we talk about:
“What comes to steal our faith?”
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