by Dr. Charles Stanley
Having Increased Faith
We are moving on. No longer content with little faith, we are removing our gaze from ourselves and putting it onto the Lord. We are reaching for greater faith.
We start by becoming students of God’s Word, with a compelling desire to experience the Lord’s presence, develop greater intimacy with Him, and be conformed to Christlikeness. A second characteristic of deeper trust is a heavy reliance on the Holy Spirit, evidenced by the habit of looking to Him before making decisions. A third trait is the willingness to wait on God and take Him at His word. The Lord commended the centurion for his strong convictions—trusting in the person and character of Jesus, the soldier believed Christ’s words were all that was required (Matthew 8:5-10).
But there is an even higher level of faith — a perfect one — where unbelief is cast out and only trust in God remains. Abraham displayed flawless confidence when God commanded him to sacrifice Isaac. Little faith would never have cut any wood or saddled donkeys to make the trip for the sacrifice. Great faith would have traveled as instructed, believing in God to work things out, but may have balked about putting Isaac on the altar. Complete faith will act as Abraham did — believing what the Lord had assured him, yet nonetheless carrying out the divine instructions that appeared to contradict the promise.
The Holy Spirit stands ready to help you reach the next level of faith. Let that be the prayer of your heart.
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