"The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary..." Isaiah 50:4
Faith is more than positive thinking. Positive thinking will NOT produce faith. Faith is trust in God, and the only way to develop faith is to learn to know God. Since He is trustworthy, as we learn to know Him, we spontaneously learn to trust Him. Faith is trusting God when things don’t turn out the way we expect.
Hebrews 11:6 is the classic text:
“Without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is (that God exists), and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
God IS a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Not those who seek merely His blessings, but those who seek Him, are the ones who find their reward. For He is the reward.
Yet, Luke 18:8 says,
“When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?”
You can’t work on your righteousness – nor can you work on your faith. Both are gifts. Both are fruit. Both come as a result of knowing Jesus. And knowing Jesus comes as a result of spending time in communion and fellowship and relationship with Him. If you will come to Him, He will give you the genuine faith that you need.
The first byproduct of seeking Jesus is genuine faith. Righteousness, or right-doing, is the second.
No man can create faith. The Spirit of God operating upon and enlightening the human, creates faith.
Only two things are necessary in order to trust someone. First you must find someone who is trustworthy. Second, you must get to know him.
The only deliberate effort in the Christian life is to seek God. Spontaneous effort toward other things will result.
God is bringing us to a decision: Do we trust God or do we trust in “man”?
Isn’t it reasonable to trust good Christian experts, like doctors and counselors? Doesn’t God work through them?
But in order to trust God, one must get to know Him. You cannot trust a stranger with your life. In order to trust someone, that person must, over time, prove himself to be worthy of your trust – to be trustworthy.
So, how do we get to know God so well that we can trust Him with our life?