Passion Week

Faith on the Farpoint

I don’t like to admit it, but my faith is pretty small. I’ve never really faced down a giant with only a sling and a stone. I’ve never given sight to a blind man. I’m met with bored indifference every time I tell a mountain to move. For that little feat the Bible says it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed. Have you seen a mustard seed!? My faith must be very small indeed.

So how do you grow in faith? What does it mean to have faith on the farpoint? What can be done to develop what little faith that I have?

Faith on the farpoint is faith overflowing. It is faith enough to face giants, heal the sick and move mountains. It’s the kind of faith that believes God and acts accordingly.

The Bible tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Therefore, like an athlete in training, faith is something we can develop. Here’s how.

Faith is for the Hearing
Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” In order to grow in faith you must be IN THE WORD. There are several ways you can do this. The first is by reading God’s Word daily. I call this a devotional. It’s something you can do on your own. It’s also something friends from church can help with. I wonder if a daily, online devotional would help you get in to the word daily. If you’re interested, click here, and answer this week’s poll about this very thing.

You can also exercise your faith by hearing God’s Word preached at church. Every Sunday there are two worship services where the Bible is boldly preached. There are countless small group Bible studies called Sunday School. Throughout the week is Disciple University, FAITH, Ladies Bible Study and a host of other informal opportunities to get into the Word. If you’re faith is small the first step is to get into the Word.

Faith is for the Asking
The disciples tried to help a demon possessed man and found they couldn’t. Jesus said, “This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting.” The lame man asked to be healed. Jesus healed him. The blind man asked for sight. Jesus made him see. The Roman Centurion asked grace for his servant and Jesus raised him up. Faith is for the asking. We ask God for things through PRAYER. Did you notice that none of these people asked God for faith? They demonstrated their faith in Jesus by going to Him as the solution for their problems. When you pray, it’s adequate to ask for faith, but it’s exceptional to ask and expect God to provide your needs according to His riches in glory. I won’t say more here, but I’m convinced we don’t ask for nearly enough. And when we ask we ask amiss that we might spend it on our pleasures. The fact that we’re asking for wrong things doesn’t mean we should stop asking. Like a musician practicing for a concert or an athlete practicing for the big game we should keep asking till we get it right, till we understand the right things to ask for!

Faith is for the Disciplined
Again with the disciples – remember, “…this kind only comes out by prayer and fasting.” Fasting is about discipline. It’s about managing your appetites – not simply for food but for everything you desire. I’ve heard it said that sin is meeting a God given desire in a God-forsaken way. Fasting is the practice of submitting our appetites to God’s control rather than indulging in the whim of the moment. Our faith is strengthened when we deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him.

This week your faith can grow. Listen to His Word. Ask Him to meet your needs. Discipline yourself to follow Him in every thing. And in doing so live the adventure of faith on the farpoint!

Love y’all, God Bless,
Chad

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