Let me start out by asking a sincere question. Is faith the engine in your walk with Jesus Christ, or are your feelings the engine and faith the caboose?
Romans 12:3 says that God dealt to each one a measure of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please him. Habakkuk 2:4 says that the just shall live by faith. Romans 3:28 says that a man is justified by faith. Ephesians 2:8 says that by grace you have been saved through faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that we walk by faith, not by sight. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Wow, what part of our walk with Jesus Christ isn’t centered around faith?
Having said all of that, if faith is so important, how do we increase it? The answer is found in Romans 10:17. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Simply said we need to be feeding our faith with the word of God. There are no short cuts here. When we put our faith in Jesus Christ we are born again and we are given a very powerful engine, the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself said that the words he speaks to us are spirit and they are life. It is the word of God that feeds our new engine. I would suggest that some of us put our faith in our five senses. We want to see, touch, feel, taste, hear. I have heard it said, “When I see it I will believe it.” With faith, “When you believe it you will see it.”
Let me share an example to make it more clear. Remember the old steam engines rolling down the tracks with smoke blowing black as coal? It is not the black smoke moving that engine down the tracks. There is a fire box in that engine and a man is stoking that fire box with coal that is heating a fire that is boiling water. It’s the steam sending that train down the tracks. If the man quits stoking the fire box the train won’t get far. When we are reading the word of God we are stoking the fire box of the Holy Spirit. Then we don’t have to go over mountains, we can move mountains.
Matthew 17:20: So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
If we spend all our time feeding our feelings, our faith becomes the caboose, our feelings take over and we are in for a train wreck, believe me.
Stoke your faith with the word of God.
Hasselstrom is pastor at ROXY 714 on Main Street in Lewiston, a partner of Cross Tied Ministries.