But for some, the topic of faith adds stress. This comes from the pressure of feeling responsible to manufacture more faith. But that is not how faith comes. It is actually easier than you think.
Do you know what causes a garden to grow? I remember when I was in the third grade, we were given a Styrofoam cup with some soil in it. The teacher then had us put a few seeds in the soil, cover it up, and take it home.
I stared at that cup. I checked it after dinner, before I went to bed, when I got up, and every day for a week. Nothing! After about a week I went to dig that stupid seed out, but my mom wouldn’t let me. After a few more days I saw a little sprout! It was a miracle!
Actually it was a miracle because the seed is a miracle.
Scientists know how to make a seed grow but they don’t know why it grows. That’s because it’s a part of God’s miraculous creation.
So is your faith.
Faith – the God kind of faith – the kind of faith that changes the natural world and releases heaven on earth – is not humanly produced. It is like a seed. Jesus said so.
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” Luke 8:11, 12
Read the whole parable when you have time. But in summary, Jesus clearly teaches us that the word of God is the seed, and your heart is the soil. Your job is to plant the seed, nurture it, wait on it, and it will grow! LISTEN HERE FOR THE FIVE WEAPONS SATAN USES TO KEEP THE SEED FROM GROWING IN YOUR HEART
Jesus expands on this in Mark’s gospel:
And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29
Sow, Sleep, Rise, and Reap.
That’s the pattern. That’s how faith comes. You can’t make faith grow, you just have to participate in the process, creating the right conditions, and faith will come!
Sow God’s word into the soil of your heart daily, fast, pray, and keep the weeds out – fear, doubt, and unbelief. When you recognize these enemies to your faith, cast them out!
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3, 4
If you will make this a habit, over time you will experience greater boldness and expectation when you pray – and you will see more stuff happen!