Galatians 6:9, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

John 15:2, He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

I am currently preaching a series entitled, “Bold: Living With An Audacious Faith!” When you think about growing an audacious and strong faith, do you get discouraged even thinking about it? Do you ever wonder:  Why your spiritual progress is so slow; why you still have so many problems;  Why you can’t seem to get it right? Let me encourage you with this — Spiritual growth is just like the growth we see in nature because the best fruit ripens slowly. Growth takes time.

Our problem is that we tend to get impatient, we give up, or we quit; therefore, we don’t see the fruit.Three simple ideas can help you grow in your faith:

First, get into God’s Word. Getting into God’s Word reveals His promises over and over again, and reading God’s promises over and over again builds our faith.

Second, prune away those things that get in the way of a true relationship with God.   John 15:2 reminds us that, He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

Finally, practice the fruit of the Spirit every day, starting today. Galatians 5:22, “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.” The way to grow a great faith is to, get into God’s Word, prune away the things that get in the way, and practice the fruit of the spirit every today.

Think about that and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

 

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?

 

 

 

What do you Think?

How does it apply to your life?

 

 

 

What will you do?

Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)

 

 

 

Now talk to God

This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.