What is Faith?
All of us have a free will to believe and receive the gift of faith from God, or refuse the gift of faith.
No one can claim they have faith unless God Himself has given them this gift. Some believe, you are either born with faith, or not, but this is not the case.
Nothing is hidden from God. Therefore, He already knows whose heart will respond to the gift of faith with the biggest heart, and He blesses them with even more faith.
How does one choose to receive the gift of faith?
Well, faith begins with what we hear.
Our ears are the first thing to hear truth. Which is any talk, discussion or reading about God and His ways.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ, (Romans 10:17, ESV)
After that, our heart has a choice to believe what we are hearing. This is when we either hear and love truth, or hear and decide not to love truth. It is that simple.
Once our heart decides to believe and love truth, the gift of faith can grow in our hearts.
So, faith comes to the believing heart as soon as one decides to love truth. The Lord can breathe upon this love for truth by giving us the gift of salvation through faith.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever should be believe on Him will not perish, but have eternal life, (John 3:16, ESV)
Inviting Jesus to be our Lord and Savior is the first step towards salvation. The Lord can enter our heart and give us a new birth when we acknowledge our need for a Savior.
A foundation of faith is laid in one’s heart by way of believing Jesus is our Savior. Then the Lord can cleanse us of all sin, which is unrighteousness, and give us a new start at life.
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation, (2 Corinthians 6:2, ESV).
The Bible says that today is the day of salvation. Not tomorrow. Not next week - today is the day of salvation.
This is a glorious thing, because not many believe, and not many want to take the next step and change their life forever.
When we accept Jesus Christ into our heart as Lord and Savior, we are choosing to walk differently than the world. Sometimes, walking a very different path than anyone else in our life.
But as we pray, and read our Bible, a new relationship with the Lord will open to us, and the Holy Spirit will begin to lead and guide us in the new path we have chosen. Then, our faith will soar.
Why will this happen? Because we have opened our heart to Him, and He has imparted His Spirit to us.
Becoming filled with the Holy Spirit is common after inviting Jesus Christ into our heart, and this will become evident when the fruits of the spirit begin to grow in our heart: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness.
Our faith will begin to grow as we walk with the Lord in this new relationship.
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