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February 14, 2012
I often hear people asking, “How do I get more faith?” or “How do I increase my faith?”

Paul in Romans 12:3b tells us “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (New King James Version)  God does not show partiality and He has not given more faith to some people and is withholding faith from others. He has given us all a measure of faith. In the book of Matthew a man brought his epileptic son to Jesus disciples to be healed, they could not heal him, but Jesus did. Later his disciples asked Him why they could not heal the boy. “Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).  A mustard seed is a very small seed that grows to a large tree. This scripture states that if we have a very small amount of faith, nothing will be impossible for us.  I take this to mean that it does not take a great amount of faith to accomplish great things.

Then why do I sometimes feel like I have no faith?
Faith is like a muscle. If it is used it grows and becomes stronger. However, if it is left to sit, like an arm in a cast, it will atrophy and become weak; and we may feel like we don’t have any faith. Paul in the book of Romans states, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). In other words, we increase faith by hearing the word of God; by hearing the Word preached and reading the Bible. Daily reading the Bible and spending time in prayer will increase the strength of your faith muscle.

I like to bake; I am a baker in more than name alone. I was once given a sourdough “starter.” The “starter” is a thin batter like substance of yeast that is the base, or start, of sourdough bread. (This starter is often kept in a covered bowl on the counter to allow the yeast to grow. Making the whole house smell of yummy yeast.) The starter must be “fed” a mixture of sugar and flour regularly. If it is not fed regularly, the yeast will starve and die. To make bread you remove a portion of the starter and add the remaining ingredients to form bread dough. The remaining portion of starter is “fed” again and allowed to grow. As long as the starter is nurtured, and fed, you can remove part of it and it will never run out. Faith is similar to a sourdough starter. God has given us a starter, a measure of faith. It is our responsibility to nurture and feed that starter faith by hearing and reading His Word. If we do this consistently, we can use our faith and it will never run out.  On the other hand, if we do not feed our faith it will become weak and we’ll feel as if it has run out. If you are feeling low on faith, I challenge you to examine how well you are feeding your faith. I know that every time I felt my faith was weak, I realized I had been starving it.

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On Sunday, October 14, 2012, Pastor Jerry said
Shari, Very good thoughts on faith. I remember when I was starving mine too.


On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, Debra Stallings said

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

When I read this scripture, it speaks to me that it is our responsibility (just as you have written in your blog) that we are to cultivate the various gifts of God as well as gifts of the Spirit.

Another great read. Not only supported well scripturally (which is always good) but your sourdough yeast example? PERFECT!!


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