LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF HEBREWS 12:2a (Amp) Re- post
"Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]."
10 KEYS - THAT WILL HELP YOUR FAITH TO GROW INTO THE LEVEL OF MATURITY .
1. Seasons of spiritual warfare - the more we engage in spiritual warfare , the more our faith is built up . At times we get weary , but we never lose hope .Why? It is all working for our good . building and developing our faith into the level of maturity were we command and we don't doubt a word of what we say . Mark 11:23(NIV)""Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them."
2.Trials and temptations- The more we overcome , the more our faith is built up to face the next challenge and for every challenge we overcome the stronger our faith gets. So never allow what you are facing to discourage you , you are only growing in the "dark" for your day of manifestation . Psalm 112:4"Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous."
3.Prayer - the more you pray , the more you grow in faith , the more you grow in faith , the better you become in the place of prayer . James 5:17(NIV)"Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years"
4.Fasting - we all know is a key that develops our faith muscles. so we engage in it for our faith to match with the challenges of the day . Isaiah 40:31"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
5.Speaking in tongues - Is a miracle . It works wonders , if you can engage in it everyday .Key -your faith is built quickly and it also quickens the mind of God in your spirit. Jude 20(Amp)" But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;"
6. Sacrificial giving - Can only happen by faith , you can't do it in your flesh , that is why it is a sacrifice. The more you engage in it , the more your faith grows to that level of maturity. David said in scripture he would not give to God that which will not cost him anything . "sacrifice"2 sam 24:24(NIV)"But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing . So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them."
7.Sacrificial praise and thanksgiving - will always cause your faith to grow faster . Why? obeying God when you are still facing your storm , makes your praise a sacrifice to him. Heb 13:15(NLT)Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
8.Humility - Keeps your faith alive .it kills the pride in you and brings grace which enables your faith to grow . Simply put -1 peter 5:5"and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."
9.Persistent faith - helps your faith to grow faster into the level maturity . Why? the more you exercise your faith with persistence the more it grows. Luke 18:1-8 says it better , if you would care to read the full story but see what verse 8 (Amp) says "I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?".
10.And finally someone said the faith that has not been tested cannot be trusted. the test only comes to sharpen your faith , so it can grow well under the fire . 1 peter1:7 (NLT)"These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world."
PRAYER: Father help my faith to grow now in the mighty name of Jesus , I pray . Amen.
you re blessed!