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Faith is the avenue or the instrument God uses to bring salvation to His people. God gives faith because of His grace and mercy, because He loves us (Ephesians 4-5). Faith comes from God in the for...
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. King James Version So then faith comes by hearing. Hence the need of preaching. If God by a miracle worked faith in the heart, he could dispense with the preacher. But the divine arrangement is that it should result from hearing the word of God preached. For an example of the gospel plan, see Acts 18:8
Faith is a gift from God as Michael said above. The strength of your faith is from believing in the finished work of Christ Jesus and allowing His Holy Spirit to lead you in your daily walk in His grace. People often say "if I only had more faith!', and pray to the Lord for more of it. Faith isn't available at the local Christian Book Store as if you could buy it by the pound or top it off at the 'Faith' pump at a Christian service station. Faith is strong because of the object of your faith, Jesus Christ and not by how much you can generate on your own. Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." We must have Jesus, in the form of the indwelling Holy Spirit, to lead us on the path of righteousness as we walk with Him. Jesus did it all! He did everything we need for salvation and continues to be the Person in whom by faith we believe. Jesus didn't do it all up to the point of our coming to believe and than say, "Ok, ya'll, you're on your own now. I did the hard part and now its up to you." Jesus in us and we in Him, in love and faithfulness is how we follow His commands and fulfill the Great Commission, sharing the Gospel with the world. Our relationship with our triune God is the same as His, Jesus', and the Holy Spirit's relationship, which is love and submission to each other in faith, trust, and confident belief. You don't have to have it all figured out. All you have to do is be in Jesus and He in you as your Holy Spirit leads and you will continually learn, understanding more each day, as you continue your gracewalk with Jesus by the faith you have in Him and of Him. Finally there is this in Hebrews 12;2; fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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