But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:20-21 NKJV
I like the idea of God taking me from faith to faith. Faith floating along in life, it takes responsibility for action away from me and places it with Him. If only it was that easy! However, this scripture tells me to grow or build my faith, and to encourage others in building their faith.
So how do I grow my faith? This scripture contains several faith builders.
Praying in the power of the Holy Spirit builds faith. I know that praying in the alignment with the Holy Spirit is praying God’s will. As I see prayers answered, it builds my faith. Then I can believe to ask for greater things in His kingdom. I can help build others’ faith by sharing with them how God is answering prayers and encouraging them to ask and believe also.
Walking in God’s love builds faith. When I love others through Him, I see His transformative love in action. God’s love hopes for the best in people. When I am able to see others’ lives changed by His love, my faith grows. Other people’s faith grows as He transforms lives and they are able to see the difference He makes.
Waiting on the Lord grows my faith. I admit I love when the Lord responds immediately. It is exhilarating. But when I have to believe when nothing is happening, my faith is tested. When what I’ve been standing in faith for happens, my faith not only grows but it is strengthened. I can trust for more impossible things. As others see the testimony of my stance, their faith can also grow. Watch others stand through trials and come out victorious is encouraging in the faith.
God’s mercy applied to my life grows my faith. I know I fail God, and in the natural people tend to walk away or build up walls when we fail them. God is faithful though. There are things that He wants of me. Although I am non-compliant or noncommittal to seeing those things through, He does not walk away or grow distant. He applies His mercy to me. This grows my faith. When I walk in God’s grace it can encourage others’ faith as I share the testimony of what God has walked with me through.
Growing faith is the responsibility of every believer. We are not only charged with growing our faith, we are charged with encouraging others to grow their faith.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on growth. 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day.