Romans 10:17, Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
James 1:19, My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Psalms 46:10, He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
My current sermon series is entitled, “Bold: Learning To Live With An Audacious Faith.” How can we grow our faith? A gardener plants the same kind of seed in three different locations and gets three different results. In one spot, the farmer will get giant tomatoes. In other spot, the farmer will get small tomatoes. In another spot, the farmer might get no tomatoes. What’s the difference? It’s not the seed, it’s the soil. The soil must be good soil that has been prepared for the seed. If we are going to grow our faith, we must make sure our hearts are like the good soil.
James the brother of Jesus said in James 1:19, “…Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of moral filth…that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you…” Those verses tell us three things that can grow our faith. We need to push back our anger. Get rid of all the moral filth. We must humbly accept the Word of God that is planted in our lives. As you make your journey, push back anger, stay pure and humbly listen to God. It is the type of life that produces true righteousness.
That’s how we grow our faith!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D