So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
I want my faith in you to grow. I want to be able to move forward with you. I have no desire to remain as I am. Is there any chance I will allow you to stay as you are? I doubt it. Do you believe that I also want you to be able to move forward with me? Yes, I believe that you want me to move forward with you. You have a very strong desire to be fully devoted to me. Yes, I do. Where did that desire come from? I have no doubt about that. You placed in me a burning desire to know and love and follow and serve you. Will my desire for you be accomplished? I hope and pray and believe you will accomplish all your desires for me. That is very good.
Let’s zero in on your faith. I’m listening. You have my full attention. How do you think I will grow your faith? You will use all the circumstances of life to grow my faith. You will grow may faith as I go through the trials and tribulations of life. You will use the assignments you give me to grow my faith. You will grow my faith as you work in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. You will place people in my life who will spur me on in my faith. Yes, all of these are true. But can you think of an even more significant or fundamental way that I will grow your faith? Yes, I can. Let me hear your thoughts out loud. You will grow my faith as I live in an intimate relationship with you. You will grow my faith as I live in a dialogue of prayer with you through all the moments of life. You will grow my faith as I meet with you in my word. You will grow my faith as I allow your word to sink deeply into my heart and mind and life. You will use your word to help me to think your thoughts, speak your words and take your action. Hearing your word speaking to me will definitely grow and strengthen my faith in you. Yes, it will.
So, you have a role and responsibility in the growth of your faith. Yes, I do. What is your role in the growing of your faith? I must come to live in an intimate relationship with you. I must meet with you in your word. I must allow you to use your word to speak into my life. Will you meet with me in my word? Will you hear everything I want to say to you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, it is my prayer that you will grow and strengthen my faith. I want you to do things in and through me that I could never do by myself. Give me faith to go and do whatever you ask of me. As I meet with you in your word, use it to increase my faith in you. Amen
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