How is it That a Christian Develops their Faith?
By Rico Brown

November / December 2016

    

In a world full of spiritual chaos, some things have changed but many remain the same. There are still pleas of hope from a society in spiritual distress. According to Romans 15:1, we who are strong are to bear the infirmities of those that are weak, acknowledging along the way, that we all have our weaknesses and so we are to bear with one another. Considering that thought, let us analyze the strength of our faith.

One may ask, “How is it that a Christian develops their faith?” We must first recognize there is only one faith according to Ephesians 4:4 and Jude 3. We must also know what faith is and why it is essential to our Christian walk as stated in Hebrews chapter 11, verses 1-3 and 6. When we understand it, that is faith, we must learn to walk in it as prescribed in 2 Corinthians 5:7 and Colossians 2:6. We must not loose sight of ourselves and always strive to have self-improvement according to 2 Corinthians 13:5. At times, throughout this life our faith will be challenged, but we must learn to practice what is written in 2 Timothy 4:7 and Revelation 2:10 and we shall not be moved.

Our faith will in turn provide more sustaining strength. Our strength is a result of our trust in God according to Proverbs 3:5-6. As the Psalmist (118:4) and Isaiah (49:5) said, when we know where our strength is, we will also know whom to go to when we are in need as Paul encouraged in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. According to Matthew 26:41, when we recognize our weaknesses, we must learn how to “work out” as advised by Paul (Ephesians 6:10) and Isaiah (40:31).

When all is said and done, we will be able to raise our heads up high and hold hands together while reiterating David’s words as recorded in Psalms 37:25, “I have been young and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, not his seed begging for bread!”