We have to understand that the faith with which we receive and live the word does not originate from us. The first time you hear the word of God, you receive from God not just the word but also a certain measure of faith that helps you to believe that word. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,…(Ephesians 2:8 NKJV).
That’s why we feel so energised immediately after that first encounter with the gospel, or with that particular word that speaks to a situation in our life. It’s much like taking a drug, or taking a hard drink, it infuses you with energy beyond the ordinary, makes you feel powerful and fearless, it removes every bit of fear and doubt. But just in the same way that a drug induced “high” fades away, that initial “free dose” of faith gets used up with time. This is because each time you overcome maybe a doubt in your heart or something like that trying to steal that salvation or miracle, you use a little of that faith energy, and so it keeps depleting.
My dear brothers and sisters whom I love so much, hear me please, God our Father gives us that measure of faith once and for all. After that initial “free dose”, the responsibility to keep that faith energy constantly renewed within us falls on us. “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was ONCE FOR ALL delivered to the saints. (Jude 1:3 NKJV)
That’s why we have such scriptures as “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;” (Philippians 2:12 NKJV) and “…also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,…you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (II Peter 1:5-8 NKJV). Most people don’t know this that’s why most people don’t even make any effort to sustain or even increase their faith energy.
But fear not my dears, it’s not hard to do, you just need to have the knowledge of what you need to do and how to do it, it is really God who will still work in you to perform it, so cheer up. God has asked me to share this knowledge with you, that’s one of the purposes of this series.
YOU ARE CHRIST.