Summary: God wants us to grow in our faith through five ways
The Five-Fold Levels Of Faith
Level 1 - A Measure of Faith
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith – Romans 12:3
Each person has a measure of faith that comes as a gift from the Father and each one is born with it. This is the lowest level of faith anyone can exercise.
Level 2 – The Word of God
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:7
Faith can be built upon the measure of faith that each one has, by reading and studying the Word of God. God’s Word is the carrier of God’s power and imparts supernatural ability. The Word of God is anointed and is the only source of incorruptible power. The Word of God is the light that wards off darkness. An encounter with God’s Word brings about the release of God’s power.
Level 3 – Building Faith Through Tongues
But you, beloved, building yourself up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. – Jude 20
God blessed Abraham tremendously because he was a man of faith. By exercising his faith, Abraham came into right standing with God and he was abundantly blessed for it.
Christians sometimes struggle to exercise their faith. Praying in tongues is a supernatural way to build up one’s faith.
Believers are encouraged to spend time praying with the Holy Spirit when their faith is down or if they feel that your faith is under attack, so that their faith can be built up.
When Christians pray in tongues devotionally, they do not speak to men, but to God and release the mysteries of God that are hidden from those who do not pray in the Holy Spirit. Tongues is the language of the Spirit which releases a fresh anointing, building up individual believers that engage in it.
Level 4 - Fasting
Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. - Matthew 6:16-18
The disciples had a problem. They were able to cast out many demons in the name of Jesus until they were confronted by a fierce demon who would not go. They called for Jesus who cast the demon out. Jesus told them that they could only take their faith to this new level of power by prayer and fasting.
Fasting has a vital role to play in sustaining the anointing. It is one of the vital spiritual exercises that are part of the Christian experience. Fasting releases the anointing and helps to loosen the chains of wickedness, undo heavy burden, set free the oppressed, and to break every yoke of bondage. (Compare Isaiah 58 and Isaiah 61.)
All great men in God’s Kingdom were successful because they fasted. Jesus fasted for 40 days which empowered Him mightily for ministry.