May 15, 2022:
There are many kinds of faith: Weak faith, strong faith, little faith, great faith, unfeigned faith, temporary faith, historical faith, mental faith, active faith, wavering faith, unwavering faith, human faith, and divine faith.
In Luke 8:13, we find temporary faith illustrated: “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for awhile believe, and in time of temptation fall away.” This reminds us of Peter before he received the Holy Ghost. He thought he could die with the Lord, but when the test came, he denied the Lord. He thought he could walk on water, but when he saw the wind and waves, his faith failed. But on the Day of Pentecost, Peter received unwavering faith and promised it to you (Acts 2:38). The Pharisees had historical faith. They believed God worked miracles for Abraham, but didn’t believe that God would do it for them. This kind of faith will never get an answer from God.
No matter the kind of faith, it can be increased by:
- Looking unto the promises of God. (Romans 4:20)
- Exercising the faith we already possess. (Luke 8:18)
- Looking unto Jesus (Hebrews12:1-2)
- Reading the Word of God (Romans 10:17)
- Meditating on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8)
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