Posts Tagged ‘how to overcome unbelief’

People often ask God for more faith. They want to have the type of faith Jesus had. In order for us to walk in that type of faith first of all it takes relationship. Spending time with Jesus (in His Word, Prayer, Worship). Also, walking the way He walked (in Love, Holiness). But I don’t want to talk about that part of it today, I want to talk about what your faith must endure in order to become more perfect. 

2 Peter 1:5 says “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” We see here that faith is a living thing that has certain attributes like self-control and brotherly kindness, after all, you cant be considered a man or woman of great faith if you lack self-control, or you dont walk in love. For example, say your faith lacks self-control, then the moment you pray for something and it doesn’t go your way when you expect it and you get upset, doubtful etc then right then you are out of faith. 

Romans 5:3-5 says ” And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed”. To the mature believer, its obvious that faith must glory in tribulation, since the things of this world change and the word of God are forever settled in heaven. But this is not always easy since many of us get sad or discouraged through tribulation. But how can we call our faith great if we fall back at the slightest bit of tribulation? It is for this reason or faith must be tried!!! But once we have a few testimonies under our belt, then we know that all it takes is patience, and our experience through tribulation gives us hope that we’ll get through it. James 1:2-4 reinforces this point.