Have you ever doubted yourself? Did you have to decide when you didn’t know the outcome or perform a task you have never done before? It is easy to lose faith in your abilities when it is something new. That is the way the disciples felt being around Jesus. He was going around performing miracles. He spoke like no one they had ever heard and treated people with compassion and kindness. When he told them that he was leaving and they would lead the church, it had to make them feel inadequate. They asked Him to increase their faith. Did you know you can ask Jesus to increase your faith?
The apostles said to the Lord,” “Increase our faith” 6 And the Lord said,” “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree,” Be uprooted and planted in the sea” and it would obey you.
Faith is the primary substance of following Jesus. It takes faith to believe in a God you can’t see. It takes faith to step out and do something new for the Lord. This faith isn’t in you but Jesus himself. When we put our trust in Him, we are expressing our faith. When we send up a prayer expecting an answer, our faith is in action. You can’t manufacture your own faith. It is something that has to be given.
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Many of the trials and tribulations you go through are there to increase your faith. God is trying to remove those crutches we lean on when times get hard. He wants us leaning on Him instead. Faith is also something that grows over time. It starts as a seed and then expands into all areas of our life. Since it is also one of the fruits of the Spirit, He is the one who brings it about. Give it time to build and ask Jesus to increase your faith.
Why do you need to increase your faith? As you mature as a believer, the challenges will be more significant. Satan expends more time and resources on those with abundant faith because they are more of a threat. The trials will get harder, but God’s opportunities to be used will be more prominent. If you feel you don’t have the faith to step out and trust the Lord when He opens the door, you might live to regret it. Even if you don’t have it all figured out, take the step and ask the Lord to increase your faith.