Yes, you can increase your faith. How to get faith: "For whosoever will call upon the Name of the Lord will be Saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how will they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how will they hear without a preacher? Therefore faith from hearing, and the hearing through a word of God." Rm.10:13,14,17.
---Eloy on 5/24/12|
It is my belief that if we have faith it is a gift of God, and that it is not given to all men, but only to his children.
The Apostle Paul asks the christians to pray:
2Th3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
I also believe that we as christians have a tendency to walk by sight and not by faith, at least I know I do.
Speaking of exercising our faith, I believe is good advice.
Lord bless you all! Thanks for all the great answers.
---trey on 5/25/12|
Jed, you are correct. Eloy is so wrong. Our faith never soars. In fact it grows even stronger when we go through trials and hardships. It is during those times when our faith come to the fore-front. It increases. As born again Christians we are totally depended upon God for everything. And should be thankful in all things. Can the love of God soar in a genuine believer? Never. If it soars, it was never real saving faith. Everyone goes through trails.
Eloy's complains have always been about himself. How he suffered more then Job and Christ on the Cross. Jesus suffered abuse unto death. Eloy is still around complaining.
---Mark_V. on 5/24/12|
"Yes, just continue reading blogs from antiChristians and your faith might soar" -Eloy on 5/22/2012
Eloy, I hope you're talking about yourself.
---Jed on 5/23/12|
Yes, just continue reading blogs from antiChristians and your faith might soar. If I posted all the evils that I have and am suffering, everything from abuse to kidnapping to cancer to covenant-breaking, it is miracle in itself that I have faith, when in the natural realm I should rightly have none.
---Eloy on 5/22/12|
Chris, that was a great testimony you gave and the troubles you and your wife went trough, and how in the hardest time of your life, you realized that God really was always there for you. Sometimes we get caught up in so many of our personal things that we put God aside when that should be the time when we most need Him. Bless you brother and your wife and family. We are on a journey as children of God. We are far away from home, but we can rejoice that one day we will be there with our hope of glory.
---Mark_V. on 5/22/12|
We lost our business, we lost our home,in fact we lost everything even our health. I was very ill for a while
and my wife got cancer.
I was sat one day and I realised that somewhere along the line I had forgotten God. I had been involved in all the material things of every day life.
I prayed and as I prayed all the sins of my life were shown me. Thoughts words and deeds.
Things you say that hurt, using people even if
not deliberately etc.
Was this me? I thought I was good. I felt anguish and sorrow.
I did not lose everything because of God. Yet by doing so God was able to come to me.
Faith is not only you,it is also the faith God has in you, if you listen.
---chris on 5/18/12|
Your faith grows as your trust in the Lord grows. The greater your trust, the more intimate is your relationship with God. The more intimate your relationship with God the more he has compassion with you - even in grief, in adversity, and in times of trouble. As the world crumbles around you, he is your refuge and strength. He truly cares for those who trust him.
And remember: faith without works is dead faith. Also remember that genuine love is a verb.
Hebrews 11:1, 3, 6, 27
1 Peter 1:7-9
James 1:5-8, 2:18, 22
11 Corinthians 5:7
Hebrews 10:32, 35-39
---Steveng on 5/16/12|
Faith is like the muscles in your body. The only way to build and strengthen your muscles is to exercize them. And to get real results, you need to exercize them past the point of hurting. When you feel you can't go any further, you keep going. If you stop when it get uncomfortable or hard, you're muscles will never get real results. How do you exercize your faith? By obeying God at all cost, without compromizing. And to really build your faith, it will require obeying when it gets hard and hurts. This will mean different things to different people. It's not necissarily financial giving. Remember the Bible says obedience is better than sacrifice. Have faith that God will take care of you if you obey him. Obedience is required.
---Jed on 5/16/12|
"faith working through love" (Galatians 5:6) increases as we grow in loving the way Jesus has loved us > "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Ephesians 5:1-2) So, Christian faith is most of all about how God wants us to become in love, so that "as He is, so are we in this world." (in 1 John 4:17)
So, if we seek to have "faith" which we can use to try to get God to do what we want, this can get us into a lot of problems.
---willie_c: on 5/16/12|
Heartfelt prayer would be a good start.
---Catholicus on 5/16/12|
The best way to increase in faith is to test it. Let me describe testing, testing is NOT being stupid like jumping off a building and God preventing the consequencies. But more like Abraham or Gideon in the OT. God will test you just a little more than you can bare so you will grow. For example, If you have love of money because you hoard it or because you spend it recklessly start tithing.
---Scott1 on 5/16/12|