The Measure of Faith
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service. And
be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to
every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly
than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt
to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body,
and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are
one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts
differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy,
let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry,
let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it
with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy,
with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that
which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
We understand from this passage of Scripture that God has given the same
measure of faith to everyone. If it were different measures of faith, then
His word would have said a
measure of faith, not the
measure of faith. God has also given us different gifts and we are to use
these gifts according to the faith that we develop. In other words, God
has given each of us a lump of faith and each lump is the same, and we
are to utilise pieces of this faith while employing the gifts that He has
given us - for His glory.
The more we use of this faith, the easier it becomes to utilise more, and
we can apply bigger pieces of it at a time. The more faith we become used
to administering within the framework of God's word, the more signs and
wonders will happen - for God's glory.
How big is the measure that we each receive of that which is available?
How much can we cope with while in these bodies on this present earth?
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse
generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?
bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed
out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the
disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And
Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for
verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye
shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall
remove; and nothing shall
be impossible unto you.
He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation,
how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto
me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway
the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And
he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he
said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into
the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion
on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou
canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears,
Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said,
If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might
say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou
planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
A question: How much faith did it take to call the universe into being?
The apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith, what was His reply?
But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding
cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go
and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith
I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken;
and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because
he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye,
when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say,
We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
This would seem to mean that faith comes with doing and confirms the above
passage in Romans.
As Jesus asked; would we prefer to be faithless and perverse, or faithful
Where would you like to spend eternity?
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If you or I wished to take a trip overseas, after all the preliminaries
such as payment and visas, would climb on an aircraft and expect to arrive
at our destination. There would be no doubt that we would arrive there.
Or, if we purchased a cinema ticket, we expect to see the show that we
have paid for.
There is a certain expectation, a certain faith.
So, how can we, in this day and age, increase our faith in God?
When buying a new cell phone there is enough battery power stored to insert
the simcard and get connected to the network, but thereafter you will need
to charge the battery and you will need to buy air time.
Likewise, when you hear the call of God it is because He has given you
enough spiritual power to get started, but you must develop the power and
you must gain the knowledge that comes as a result of gaining that power,
and then passing it on to enable the next person to hear the call of God.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will
I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any
thing in my name, I will do it.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing
this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience
have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to
all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like
a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man
think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man
is unstable in all his ways.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto
thee on the water. And he said, Come. And
when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go
to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning
to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched
forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O
thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon
is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily
I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not,
ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also
if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into
the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,
believing, ye shall receive.
And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat
Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob;
and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.
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We each have been given four senses, not so.
Seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling.
They are broken up into two groups:
Those of the mind - seeing and hearing.
Those of the body - tasting, feeling.
There are at least two other things that can be sensed - time and spirit.
All the above are gifts from our Creator, some for use to maintain our
life on this present earth and some to prepare us for life everlasting.
All the gifts must be used by each of us, we must do the using.
It's obvious that the two that we must use to obtain heavenly, everlasting
citizenship is sight and sound, not so?
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath
believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound
went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But
I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy
by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will
anger you. But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that
sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But
to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a
disobedient and gainsaying people.
Here's a truth that is so obvious that it is often not noticed:
When you study the Bible in your quiet time, read it aloud to yourself
and your inner being will understand the words easier. Sight and sound.
So, to increase our faith we each need to hear the word of God. Not weekly
in church, as we will be watching the antics of the Pastor and be distracted,
but daily as we see and hear God's word simultaneously. We shall
be using both senses of the mind to study the same subject at the same
time, and at a certain stage believe what we are reading, and then
a third sense becomes effective, that of the switching on of our spirits.
When we have become spiritually aware, we can be used by God because we
are able to utilise the God-given measure of faith.
The first time that we experience a Spiritual manifestation because we
have stepped out in faith - awesome. We can't help praising God and thanking
Him for His LOVE. When we add this third faculty while in our closet, that
of praising and talking to God, things can really start to happen.
Glory to the Living God.
Do you believe the following? Do I?
How well do we exercise our faith?
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of
the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt
give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none
of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for
I am the LORD that healeth thee.
*A Psalm of David.* Bless the LORD, O my soul: and
all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my
soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises
unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. The
LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater
works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
To exercise our faith to be faithful1 is to inherit the promises.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into
this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.