Friday, 11 October 2019 16:27

What you are really like inside

Posted by Nancy Alfa Rebelo
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When you look into it, it doesn’t show your physical appearance, but what you are really like inside.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:23–25

When you look in a mirror and see something wrong, the sensible thing to do is tend to it. If your hair is out of order, you brush it. James says you need to do that when you look in the mirror of the Word of God. You need to see your spiritual self in it and act on whatever it shows you that you need to do.

If, when God’s mirror first reveals to us the truth of our own sin, we immediately act upon this revelation—repent, believe, and obey the gospel then the next time we look into the mirror, we no longer see our old sinful nature.

Instead we see ourselves as God now sees us in Christ: forgiven, cleansed, justified—a new creation.

We are made to understand that a glorious miracle has taken place.

 So then, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)6

New Heart English BibleFor to this end we both labor and strive, because we have set our trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10 New Heart English Bible

How do we increase our faith?

1. Read the Word

Reading or hearing God’s Word is like planting a garden. If you want to grow or “build” a garden, you must first plant the seeds of the flower or fruit that you want. God’s Word is the seed that grows the faith. Knowing His promises, what God says about you, about life, and about Jesus’ plan for eternal life won’t transplant themselves into your mind automatically.

Become familiar with the Bible and what faith is all about by meditating on its contents. This will give you the basis for growing or increasing your faith.

2. Heed the Word

James 1:22-24 (NKJV) offers a second way to increase your faith: But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

If we fail to heed what we’re reading and ignore what God is telling us, then our faith grows stagnant. It took faith for us to become children of God in the first place. Therefore, in order to grow and increase our faith, we need to use that “measure” of faith God gives to everyone and build on it.

3. Test the Word

There is a difference in “testing” God by “contesting” Him (seeing how far God’s patience will go with your own self will) and “testing,” or proving God’s Word is true.

Malachi 3:9-11 (NIV) offers one practical way God says we can prove Him faithful to His Word. This passage concerns tithing and being good stewards of the things He has given us: Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” As you “test” or act on what God says and experience God’s blessing, your faith grows.

The process of testing the measure of faith you have may involve trials and difficulties. How can you increase your faith in those circumstances? Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (James 1:2-3, NIV).

Luke 17:5
New International Version
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

New Living Translation
The apostles said to the Lord, "Show us how to increase our faith."

Contemporary English Version
The apostles said to the Lord, "Make our faith stronger!"

Good News Translation
The apostles said to the Lord, "Make our faith greater."

Thank you Jesus for these truths. Increase our faith as we learn to depend on You and trust You more and more. Help us to crave Your Word: to read it, to heed it, and to test it, so it can truly become part of our lives. We long to be doers and not just hearers. Lord, we desperately need more of You and less of ourselves. Thank You for Your faithfulness in always keeping Your Word.

Thank you so much and God bless you all for joining in and praying together in the Spirit as a spiritual family. Jesus loves you all very much and I love you all too in Jesus! Be blessed to be a blessing.

Nancy Alfa Rebelo

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