Devotion

How Faith Gets Stronger

by Greg Laurie on Nov 10, 2018
Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.
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Some people are afraid to take risks in faith. They want to play it safe. They don’t want to leave their comfort zone and do anything that makes them feel a bit awkward. I am saying leave your comfort zone. Take bold steps of faith. Faith grows stronger when you do.

Faith is like a muscle. You have to use it. If you neglect it, it will atrophy. But if you use it, it will get stronger. You have to apply your faith, which means taking risks. We’re told in Romans 4:20, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God” (NLT).

World changers live by faith. We recognize that our citizenship is in Heaven. The word promise is repeated twice in Hebrews 11:9: “By faith [Abraham] dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise” (NKJV).

When God called Abraham, He gave him a promise. It was up to Abraham to take hold of that promise, which he could not yet see. That is what faith does. Faith sees what could be, not just what is. Faith sees invisible things. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (NKJV).

World changers live on promises, not explanations. They live by faith, not by sight. They live on fact, not on feelings. Dr. J. Oswald Sanders made this statement about faith: “Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen.”

The great heroes in the Heroes’ Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 were not perfect people. But they were maturing people. They were works in progress.

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