In yesterday’s Journal entry I ended with “the word of God, which effectively works also in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13) That is conditional. If we believe the word will work effectively in us… we have to also believe the opposite is true.
In the Book of Hebrews Paul again wrote along this line: “Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest remains, let us fear lest any of you should seem to come short of it. For the gospel was preached to us as well as to them. But the word preached did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith in those who heard it.” (4:1-2) He continues a few verses later: “ For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (4:12)
It appears to me that a major part of acquiring More Faith is to have whatever level of faith (or no faith) we may have mixed with the word (whether written or spoken) and obey what we are able because even while we are processing ‘what we think’ the word is ‘dividing between the soul and spirit’ our motives and true desires.
Faith produces confidence. Confidence produces actions. Hear the Word, believe the Word, speak the Word, and do the Word… this pleases the Father and produces More Faith in his sons and daughters.
“Because of your faith it will happen.” Jesus