Growing in Faith

Are you looking for rescue? Are you looking for salvation? Do you long for the comfort and encouragement of knowing your future is secure? Have you turned your heart over to God, putting your faith in Him?

Security can only be partially found in this world, if we put our trust and confidence in worldly possessions, jobs, and relationships. Every one of them will go away at some point. Oh, we like to deny it. We live as though they will go on forever. But they won’t. That is the simple truth.

There is nothing wrong with finding the job that fits you. In fact, it is strongly suggested. You should also look for the right companion for you. The two of you should not simply be in love with one another, but you should also genuinely like one another. There is a difference, and both are needed for a relationship to last. Owning possessions are not bad so long as the possessions don’t own you.

To truly live a life filled with joy, peace, encouragement, strength, courage, and love, our faith must be put into God. It cannot be a passing or false faith. It must a faith that continues grow, taking root in the depths of our hearts. As the passage states below, it must be a faith that we live by.

How do we live by faith? Don’t misunderstand, it does not mean taking on an attitude of waiting for God to do everything while we do nothing. Faith is active. Faith causes us to move. Faith generates the desire to work. Faith shows us the love of God. Faith calms us when we are upset or angry. Faith gives us the courage to take the next step, even when we know we need God’s help to accomplish the task. The deeper our faith, the more we will see God in action beside and in front of us, preparing the way.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the starting point for our faith. Getting to know who Jesus is, what He did, and accepting Him as your Lord and Savior is the beginning. Continuing in faith, experiencing Him work in your life is the growth we experience and need. But we must start with the gospel and believe Jesus is who He says He is, who His apostles say He is. Until we honestly believe, our faith will remain shallow.

I pray we all fully accept Jesus for who He is. I pray we grow deeper in our faith. I pray each of us will experience Jesus working in our lives. Believe Jesus is Lord. Accept Him as Savior. Know that He is the Son of God. Experience Jesus in your life. Grow in your faith.

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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