God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
So far, we've seen what the definition of faith is: It's a belief that reaches beyond the things of this world. We've also seen that God has to be the object of our faith.
Most of us aren't too surprised or put off by that. But here's what may not be as well understood or accepted by us. Not only is God the object of our faith, but according to the authority of God's own Word, He's also the source!
Notice what the Word tells us above. We're told that God has given each of us a measure of faith. That's right. God actually fills us with the faith that we then place in Him as our object. "Are you sure that's true? Are you sure we're not spinning a single verse the wrong way?"
Absolutely not. The same principle shows up again and again throughout the New Testament. Just as God is said to be the object of our faith, He is also credited with being faith's source. And just so we don't miss it, the scriptures specifically attribute this to all three Persons of the Holy Trinity.
When Peter made his famous confession of faith that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus not only commends him but also states that it was His Father in Heaven who had revealed this to him (Matthew 16:16-17). In the Book of Hebrews, the anonymous author identifies Jesus as "the Author and Finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). And in Paul's letter to the Galatians, he identifies faith as a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22, KJV).
Clearly, faith isn't something we're expected to muster-up or produce on our own. It's something that we're given and granted by God, something which is a real game changer. Our faith isn't limited by our own shallowness but something that freely flows to us from God's fountain of limitless resources.
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
Consistency breeds security. If you're an employer, you take comfort in knowing that you have consistent employees working for you. If your car needs to be fixed, you're going to take it to a mechanic who has consistently performed well. And if you're a coach, you'll probably draw up a play at the end of a tight game that puts the ball in the hands of your best and most consistent player.