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Increase Our Faith - Part One


Sermon shared by J. Yeargin

August 2002
Summary: ...a church will pray and pray for a miracle to take place and then when it happens…they don’t believe it.
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: Believer adults
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7 times in one day. They had a hard time with that.

And likewise, we do too. I know people who can’t forgive a person 7 times in a lifetime, much less 7 times in one day. What Jesus was teaching to them (and is teaching to us today) is very difficult for us to learn.

If we are ever going to understand all that Jesus wants and expects from us, we are going to have to
Otherwise we aren’t going to make it.
James 1:6-7
6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;

Our faith needs to be increased so that whenever we come to a crisis, in our life, we will be ready for it.

But that’s not easy, is it?

Why is faith so difficult for us to have sometimes? One reason is because we are always loosing faith in people.
Example: Someone will promise to meet us somewhere and they don’t show up. No phone call. No explanation. No apology.

Our response is, “Well I’ll never have faith in what they say ever again…”
You see we all know what it means to loose faith in a person, and so naturally we find it easy to think that God might not be faithful, either.

We say, “After all, God didn’t answer my prayer last time. God allowed this terrible thing to happen to me.”

So now we have to ask Jesus just like the Apostles asked,
“Lord, increase our faith.”

Did you notice what Jesus said next?
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…”
I think that means – we don’t …have faith any larger than a mustard seed.

Are you getting the picture yet? We need Jesus to INCREASE OUR FAITH.
We really don’t have much faith.
Do we? We need God to help us.

Let’s face the real problem, folks.
We lack having real faith. Don’t we?
Sometimes we have more faith -
· In our car starting than we have in God answering our prayer.
· In our best friend helping us out than we do in Jesus making the difference for us.
· In getting a weekly paycheck to pay our bills than we do in paying our tithes.
· In our doctor diagnosing and treating our illness than we do in the God that created us and gives us our every breath.

Don’t take any of this as condemnation. Just face the cold hard facts. We need GOD to

We can have faith in a chair to stay together long enough for us to sit in it.
But have you ever had a folding chair collapse on you? Feel pretty foolish?

The things we trust in this life are no different than this folding chair.
Jesus has made us lots of promises we need to have faith in. Here’s one:
I’ll never leave you nor forsake you!”

Right about now someone may be thinking to themselves,
“Hmm, I need to start working on this”

No, beloved, that’s not how it works.
You can’t buy faith, and you can’t muster it up on your own.
Faith (rightfully) belongs to God.
You can only get His faith from Him.

The Apostles said to Jesus,
“Increase our faith.”
It always comes back to Jesus.

With the internet, any of us can study up on a lot of things in this world, but faith will be found on the world-wide-web. I know because I looked it up last night.

There is a faith.com, but it told me I had to have a password.
Seriously, faith is not something we will be able to understand in this lifetime.
I cannot
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Stephen Stells
September 26, 2006

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