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I missed you guys last week and I’m glad to be back here on the blog! You all are greatly loved.
Well, we have two more weeks to go before we’re done with our challenge. How have you been during? I pray that you’ve been allowing the Holy Spirit to work in your life. As I’ve mentioned before, the choice is ours whether to yield to leading of the Holy Spirit or to continue in our own efforts. Fruits are produced by the vine but the branch has to give way for the fruit to come forth. So let’s continue to yield to the Spirit of God within us.
Okay, let’s talk about this week challenge. This week we are going to challenge ourselves in the fruit of Faith. The first thing that catches my eye is that faith is a fruit, which means faith is not something that we earn but it’s what’s produced in us by the Holy Spirit. All of the fruits of the Spirit represent the life of Christ in us. So faith is Christ is us. Romans 1:17 says, “For there in is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” In other words we live by Christ in us. Not by our efforts, but by totally relying on His life in us. Just hanging on the vine and allowing the fruit of faith to come forth.
Now, I know some of you might be thinking, “I thought I had to get faith.” No, as long as you think you have to get faith you’ll never use the faith that’s been given to you. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Notice the word cometh, that means it’s given not earned. When Paul was writing this he was talking about salvation. Paul was saying that when we hear the gospel faith enters in and all we have to do is use the faith that’s been given. It’s not faith that we need it’s an understanding or revelation of what faith can do. Jesus told His disciples in Mark 11:22, “…Have faith in God” or have the faith of God; i.e. the faith which God gives. The faith that God gives is Jesus Christ. It’s with His faith that we can speak to mountains and command them to be cast into the sea (Mk 11:23). And let’s not forget what Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” We live by the faith of Christ, His faith in us.
Therefore, all you need to do is use His faith, allow His faith to come forth in you. Here’s a little something I like to do to help me when it comes to faith. Whenever I’m reading a scripture where it says faith I say Christ. This helps me to remember that faith is Christ in me and not something I have to obtain outside of Him.
Throughout this week let’s ask the Holy Spirit to give us a deeper revelation of what faith or Christ can do and let’s rest in Him to do it in our lives. Faith is easy because faith is Christ in us.