Daily Devotional

Growing Faith

by Simon Whitton

Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow,
our area of activity among you will greatly expand,

2 Corinthians 10:15b NIV

It's difficult to overestimate the importance of faith. Faith unlocks the power of heaven, which includes forgiveness, righteousness, peace, provision, miracles, protection, healing, understanding, and a relationship with God. When we exercise faith, it brings God pleasure. He delights in us. Faith is how God distinguishes and separates us from everyone else. Noah, Abraham and Moses were great men because of their faith.

Faith is something that can grow; and as our faith grows, the power of God will greatly expand in our lives. The Holy Spirit has put a seed of faith within us, and He can cause it to put down roots and develop into something large that produces fruit.

3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
4 Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 NIV

It is perseverance and faith during trials that causes faith to grow. When you continue to trust God in difficult times - enduring hardship and adversity - your faith puts down roots. All kinds of trouble may challenge your faith, but when you remain steadfast, there will be real spiritual growth.

Faith that has endured suffering, failure, poverty or ill health will not only be stronger, it will have been tested, refined and proved genuine. This sort of faith is pure and will result in the glory and honour of Jesus.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
7 These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV

A king's glory may consist of the vast wealth of his kingdom, the might of his army and a large population, but in the New Jerusalem, the glory of the King will be the pure faith of the nations. A faith that we will bring with us, because we resolutely clung to our God in all kinds of trials; and our faith grew, matured and produced fruit.

Spend some time in prayer and ask the Lord to grow your faith. Pray that the Lord would give you the ability to persevere in your trials, and that He would let you see your faith grow and produce fruit.

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