by Rex Rouis
I would love to tell you that growing faith is easy, but it is not. There is nothing easy about growing faith. The things of God are contrary to the things of the world, and the things of the world will fight the things of God every step of the way. You will have to swim hard against the current of this age or it will carry you downstream; you’ll float downstream with all the other dead things in this world.
Don’t give up. Keep doing everything you know to do. The Bible says that we are to “labor into the rest (of faith).” Growing faith and walking in faith is a labor; it is hard work, and it must be worked every day.
There remains a rest (of faith) to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest (of faith), he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor (diligently) to enter into that rest (of faith), lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:9-11
You either labor to enter into faith or you stay as you are in unbelief. It is one or the other. The path of faith seems difficult at first but in the end it is restful and victorious. The path of flesh and unbelief seems easier but in the end it is difficult and destructive. For those who choose to stay in unbelief, there is no rest.
The faith walk is not complicated but it is demanding. Demanding because it requires transparency, honesty, and diligence on a deep personal level. No game playing or spin is allowed, for all is seen by an all-knowing God.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13
I know a good Bible teacher who tells the story that after a very powerful teaching on faith, he felt grieved in his heart. He knew what he had taught was correct but there was something just not right. He decided to seek God about it, and the Lord spoke to him. Jesus was very stern and told him that what he taught was technically correct but that he had left the impression that overcoming was easy and did not require much effort. The Lord told him, “Don’t you ever again teach that walking in faith is easy, because it is not.”
Faith is the confirmation that God has given us the answer. It is the witness to our heart that we have met the conditions of His will pertaining to a certain promise. Because of that confirmation, we actually have the answer now, ‘by faith.’ It is actually an ownership communication of a hope that you desire. If you hold onto that faith, by believing and acting obediently to it, you will receive the things that you don’t yet see.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not (yet) seen. Hebrews 11:1 – KJV
Now faith is the title-deed (ownership document) of things hoped for, the conviction of things which are not being seen. Hebrews 11:1 – Wuest – The New Testament: An Expanded Translation (See more about this)
Some things in God come easy and some do not. Some things require prolonged seeking and commitment. We never know exactly when we will reach the goal of faith on each endeavor, that is why we must never stop but keep going till we get it. Nothing is impossible to the person with faith, and no faith is impossible to the individual that is willing to do whatever it takes to receive that faith.
“Don’t you ever again teach that walking in faith is easy, because it is not.”JesusWe are to seek Him with our ‘whole heart’ (Jeremiah 29:13) until we receive the answer He will answer us. Faith is the victory. Go out and do whatever it takes.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Growing faith and walking in faith is a labor; it is hard work. Get to work!