Dear Partners and Friends,
Faith can be measured. According to Jesus, Peter’s faith while walking on the water was “little faith (Matthew 14:31)” To the church at Thessalonica it was said, “…that your faith growth exceedingly… (II Thessalonians 1:3)" Faith can be strong or it can be weak (Romans 4:19-20). One thing I have learned about living by faith is this. The level of faith I am currently operating is not my limit. If I take the necessary steps to increase faith, I can cause my faith to grow.
The disciples asked Jesus to “increase their faith (Luke 17:5)” His response to their request was this instruction. “Plant your faith by saying.”
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
His answer is still in line with their discussion. He is talking about how to forgive. Jesus teaches us that we can use faith like a seed to declare, “Unforgiveness, be plucked up by the root. Be planted in the sea where you cannot float back into my life to bother me!” Planting seeds will produce the increase of faith.
In Mark 4, Jesus talks about this process in depth. In the Parable of the Sower, we discover that the seed is the Word of God and the heart is the soil. The soil that was considered good ground heard the Word, received the Word, and brought forth fruit of the Word. Faith is a “fruit” of the Word. It comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). There were different levels of increase in the good ground, “…thirtyfold, sixty, and some an hundred. (Mark 4:20)”
Jesus is continuing to teach about the increase of the Word (or the increase of faith) when He explains the process of growth.
26 And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground,
27 And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and [a]increases
—he knows not how.
28 The earth produces [acting] by itself—first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
29 But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he [b]sends forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready. Mark 4:26-29 AMPC
This process is meant to be continual. You need faith every day. You use your faith every day. You should sow God’s Word into your heart by saying what God said about you and your situation. Sow it every day. Sow into your heart by having the Faith Builders sermon Podcasts playing in your car. Sow into your heart by watching sermon videos on our YouTube channel. More importantly, sow the Word by proclaiming it into your heart yourself. Faith comes by hearing!
Some years ago, Pastor Philip and I made a quality decision to “get into” the Word about our finances. We ended up getting the Word in us! We didn’t watch television or listen to the radio. We only listened to sermons about our financial stability. We spent time every day declaring scriptures into our hearts.
About thirty days into this endeavor, I experienced a change. I had been declaring the Word every day. When I first began, it was empty and hollow. It was what I call “feather faith.” The declaration came out of my mouth and floated to the floor. There was not any power behind my declarations. But I kept on saying and sowing until faith came. That day my words came up out of my spirit like a bullet towards a target. I knew that things had changed.
Although I couldn’t see any difference, faith made the difference. Our lives have never been the same. The manifestation of God’s abundance began appearing within weeks and continues to work in our lives as we say and sow God’s Word into our hearts.
My partner, your faith will grow exceedingly too as you plant the Word of God into your heart by saying it! First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn or full manifestation of faith will appear and propel your life into God’s plan for your life! I rejoice in what the Lord is doing in our partnership and ministry!
Thank you for being a Faith Builder,