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I’m sure you’re familiar with Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NKJV) Faith is a topic of great discussion across churches throughout the world. Some link it to what we need to do; others to making sure we’re believing otherwise it isn’t faith.
While believing is obviously involved in faith, it’s more than saying ‘I believe God’s Word’ because you can say it but words don’t automatically translate to belief. Faith is active, not passive. Faith is putting our heart belief in what God has done in Christ for us. Unless we tie our faith into the finished work of Jesus, we’re not fully in faith nor are we operating in faith. Our faith must tie into the finished work of Jesus believing what Jesus accomplished for us and living from that truth, walking in it daily—that’s faith.
Clint Byars puts it this way: Faith is not your ability to believe, it’s your dependence on God. Faith is not what you do to get God to respond to you, faith is your response to what God has done in Christ. Faith is what you use to access grace to experience everything you have in Christ. And the way you grow great faith is to renew your mind in the finished work of Jesus.
The more you get into the Word, the more the Word gets into you, especially the promises of God. Then, you take those words, those scriptures and plant them in your heart. Repeat them in your mind, and out loud so you hear them, so they take root. The more you do, the more you’ll believe the truth of what God has provided for you in Jesus. Also, the more you empty old beliefs that do not line up with what Jesus accomplished for you, the sooner your heart and mind will be renewed. It will then be easy for you to believe God and that’s when you’ll see your faith grow.
Renew your mind in the Word. See all that God has for you. Let your faith expand.