How can we acquire more faith? And how can we increase and strengthen our faith?
Very early in my walk with Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], I heard an important statement about faith that has stayed with me:
Derek Prince made that statement based on Romans 10:17:
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.“
This verse in Romans tells us that if we want to acquire more faith, or if we want to strengthen our faith, then we must begin to hear the Words of the Bible.
That sounds simple to do, and yet, there is something about it that seems hidden and complicated.
We all know that faith is important. Faith is key to pleasing God! (Hebrews 11:6)
Faith is central to our relationship with Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].
For me, however, faith has always been mysterious. It seems like I understand it, and yet, I lack confidence.
Learning the definitions for faith from the Hebrew and Greek definitions can be very helpful. The Bible meaning for faith can be summed up in two words: faithfulness and loyalty.
The dictionary goes on to define faith, with words such as:
All of these words reveal characteristics of faith. Understanding what faith is, can give us encouragement, and can build up our faith. For further discussion of Biblical faith, see my article, Walking by Faith.
But how does faith come?? How can I strengthen the little bit of faith that I have?
A Little Will Suffice
In Hebrews chapter 11, and throughout the Scriptures, we see that amazing things are accomplished . . .
- by faith,
- with faith,
- through faith,
- of faith, or
- in faith.
The ‘Heroes of Faith’ inspire me with a great desire to have faith. A little bit of faith will suffice, for even a faith the size of a small mustard seed can accomplish the impossible (Matthew 17:19-20).
While faith seems to be mysterious and difficult to understand, by God’s mercy, “Faith Comes! If you don’t have it, you can get it!” — because faith COMES by hearing the Word of Yahuwah, the Mighty One of Israel.
Some people do not have faith. Many have very weak faith. But, if we want to acquire more faith, or if we want to strengthen, and build up our faith, we must begin to HEARKEN (hear and obey) God’s written Word.
There are at least three keys to help us hear the Word of Yahuwah, and thereby strengthen and build up our faith.
The First KEY to Strengthening Our Faith
To hear the WORD of Yahuwah, we need to personally and regularly read and study the Bible.
We must begin to read and study the written Word of God for ourselves! This is a major key for gaining more faith and strengthen our faith!
As Charles Spurgeon said, when we begin to search and read the Scriptures for ourselves, we discover that our understanding increases and faith comes!!
Studying the Scriptures is a way of hearing the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. By studying the Scriptures, we increase our personal understanding of Father’s Ways, which will always be a means of strengthening our faith, and our obedience to Father.
As we read and study the Scriptures, our faith grows and gets stronger, and we are made wise unto salvation in many areas of our life. The more we read the written Word for ourselves, the more we are convinced and convicted that . . . “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2Timothy 3:16).
- It is so important that we make sure we read/study the version of God’s Word [the Bible] that is pure, and that does not contain any of men’s twisted additions and eliminations!! (See the warnings in Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19) The safest version to stay with is the King James version. If you are sincere in following Yahuwah, then He will be faithful to make sure you understand the purity of His Word! (A very good resource for studying the Bible, on your computer, is to download the Authorized King James Version Bible, for free, at E-Sword.net. See also more links below for Bible study Guidelines.)
The Second KEY to Strengthening Our Faith
To hear the WORD of Yahuwah, we need to hear, and listen carefully to a preacher. The preaching of the Gospel is actually the proclaiming of God’s Word.
Father has appointed the ministry of preaching [proclaiming] His Word as the means of bringing salvation, healing, deliverance, and maturity to Believers! When we hear the preaching of the true and pure Word of Yahuwah [not the deception of twisted, man-made doctrines, but hearing the plain truth of Yah’s Word], then our faith begins to grow and is strengthened:
… how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:14-15)
For the preaching of the cross is, to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God…. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1Corinthians 1:18, 21)
As the above Scriptures show us, Father sends His servants [the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers], to proclaim His Word and bring the glad tidings of His good Ways. Preaching is the way God has chosen for the perfecting and edifying, or building up, of the Believers (Ephesians 4:11-12).
As the above verses teach us, the world considers preaching a foolish thing. But for those who are being saved, who are growing in the knowledge of God, the preaching of the Gospel, the proclaiming of the cross of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], brings deliverance and victory over sin!
We must, however, be very diligent to maintain an alert attitude, and guard ourselves against hearing any deceptive preaching of ‘another gospel‘!
The apostle Paul warns twice, and very strongly — ‘let him be accursed!’ who would preach any other gospel than Yahushua Messiah crucified, which is the power and the wisdom of God (Galatians 1:8-9 and 1Corinthians 1:23-24). It is ‘another gospel’ that leads God’s people astray, and away from obedience to His written Word!
Paul warns us: There will be ‘false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Messiah [Christ]. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light’ (2Corinthians 11:13-14).
We must be very careful and “Take heed what you hear!” (Mark 4:24)
Hearing the preaching, the proclaiming of God’s Word is a wonderful way to acquire saving faith! But we need to make sure that what we hear is in agreement with the Scriptures!!
It is the hearing of the true, pure, written Word of Yahuwah, preached by those whom Father has appointed and sent, that is the means for building true faith within our hearts! When our faith is built up, we will gladly obey Father, which is greatly pleasing to Him (Hebrews 11:6).
The proclaiming of God’s Word can also occur within the setting of our own dining table, or while sitting along side a fellow Believer. Hearing the Word of Yahuwah does not happen only within the setting of a congregation. Therefore, we must remain open and sensitive to the proclamation of Father’s Word wherever we are, and from whomever Yahuwah sends to us. Even Baalam received faith and insight when he heard the words of his donkey (see Numbers 22:27-31)!
The Third KEY to Strengthening Our Faith
To hear the WORD of Yahuwah, we need to personally proclaim with our own lips, and declare with our own words, the written Word of Yahuwah [the words and promises found in the Bible].
We must begin to speak words that are in agreement with Father’s Words, and personally testify what God’s Word says about us — that we are His redeemed children, separated unto Him, and devoted to walking in His Ways:
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. (Hebrews 3:1)
Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed into the heavens, Yahushua [Jesus] the Son of God, let us hold fast [hold firmly] to our profession [our declaration]. (Hebrews 4:14)
These Scriptures teach us that Yahushua is the High Priest of our profession (our declaration) of faith. In other words, Yahushua, as our High Priest, is watching what we do and listening to what we say! Yahushua needs to hear our declaration of faith as He stands before the Father on our behalf.
Therefore let us hold firmly to our own words and not lose our grip on the proclamation of our faith. If we will maintain a good confession, speaking words that confirm and agree with Father’s written Words, then we are building up and strengthening our faith.
The words we speak are central to our eternal destiny! Yahushua has told us that by our words we shall be justified, and by our words we shall be condemned (Matthew 12:37). If we will hold firmly to a good confession, speaking according to Yahuwah’s written Word, then we will be proclaiming and hearing Father’s Word and thus, building up our faith.
It is a Bible principle, that every time we proclaim our faith, no matter how small, our faith grows stronger, because we are hearing God’s Word! Furthermore, it is with the same measure we use, that it shall be measured to us, for unto you that hear shall more be given! (Mark 4:24)
With the words of our mouth we need to proclaim the promises of Yahuwah’s written Word. The more we proclaim His Word, the more we will be hearing it, and the more our faith and obedience will increase.
The personal proclamation of Yah’s written Words is essential for those who would be overcomers. It is by the word of our testimony, especially our spoken testimony, of what the blood of Yahushua has done on our behalf, that we will begin to walk in more victory! (Revelation 12:11)
Mustard Seed Faith
The Heroes of Faith heard God’s Word frequently and regularly. So start doing what you can to hear the Word of God. Remember, if our faith is as small as the size of a mustard seed, then we too can be a Hero of Faith!
These are three keys to hearing Father’s Word! Hearing God’s Word is how we build up and strengthen our faith and obedience. There is no other way for gaining more faith than by hearing the written Word of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].
With Father’s mercy and enabling grace, if our faith is weak, or if we don’t have any faith at all, we can gain and strengthen our faith – because ‘Faith comes by hearing the Word of God!’
See the Companion Posts: Walking By Faith and Fight The Good Fight of Faith
See also: Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible – indepth and excellent Guidelines for learning how to study God’s Word for ourselves
- Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger – steps for increasing our hunger for Yahuwah
- Trusting in Yahuwah With All Your Heart – simple actions for trusting in Father
- Proclamation For Overcomers
- The Peculiar Treasure of Yahuwah – learning the value of being ‘peculiar’
- Those Who Gathered Little Had No Lack – recognizing Yahuwah’s mercy in the midst of our weakness
- Lead Me In Your Truth: Part 1 – The Basics
- Taking Hold of God’s Promises
- The Holy Spirit: Our Amazing Comforter
- Faith: According to the Scriptures
- Enduring As Seeing Him Who Is Invisible