Romans 12:3 ASV, “ For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think as to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to each man a measure of faith.” II Corinthians 10:15, “not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere,”
I could write about several things in these passages this morning, but I’d like to focus on the word faith. In Romans 12:3 we see that God has dealt or given to each person a measure of faith. But looking in II Corinthians 10:15, Paul wrote that faith can be increased. I believe that God intended for us to invest and increase the faith He has given each one of us. In fact, as I was reading this morning and thinking about faith, the Lord brought to my mind the story Jesus told in Matthew 25:14-30. We’re all familiar with it, the Master who was going away and gave 3 of his servants treasure. Two of them invested theirs and gained but the one was afraid and buried it. The master was only angry with the one who buried it out of fear, so he took from him and gave to the one who had the most.
Faith must be activated to increase. If you always do what you’ve never done, then you’ll always get what you’ve never got. If you know anything about God, you’ll understand that He is ALIVE and so is His Word. His Word is active and since He and His Word is one, He is always active. When He says to do something, He means do it, don’t sit and think about it until you die. He can’t direct your steps unless you’re moving. He said you’re healed, so begin taking steps to healing! Ask Him what you should DO and DO it. If he says rise up and walk, DO IT! Manifestation comes through doing, that’s called activation.
But Sandy, it’s so hard and I’m in so much pain. Well I don’t mean to be hard, but aren’t you in pain anyway? Better to be in pain moving, believing and activating your faith then to be in pain, doing nothing and expecting. Jesus told the paralyzed man, “Rise up! Take up your bed and walk!” Do you really think the man would have walked if he hadn’t activated his faith in Jesus’ words? What are you believing for? Activate your faith. I will guarantee you one thing, God honors a doer, not a hearer only. It’s time to rise up from your bed of affliction and be a doer.
Jesus, I believe, help my unbelief. I will listen to what you say and I will do it, regardless of the impossibilities, the roadblocks, the pain. I will listen to your Word and not my feelings. If You said it’s possible, I will believe You. The obedience factor is where I fall short, so help me to be quick to hear and quick to obey. It’s all for Your glory, so that Your Kingdom will be established on the earth. Be glorified in my body. May my little faith develop into big faith so that I may help others come to know you in all of Your fullness. In Your Name I pray. Amen