Faith and Patience

Hebrews 6:12

Faith also has to be developed. The same scripture says we are to be sound in faith. Patience and faith work together the way faith and love work together. Each force plays a unique role for victory in our Christian lives.

Faith is not developed through trials and tribulations. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Trails and tribulations develop patience. We have already learned from James 1 that this is true. The Apostle Paul says the same thing in Romans 5:3. Faith is developed as we believe and act on The WORD of God (James 2:14-26). Hebrews 12:2 states that Jesus is the Author and Finisher, or Developer of our faith, not the devil.

Faith should be developed on The WORD of God before trials and tribulations come against us. Jesus spoke of this in Luke 6:47-48. He said a man who believes and acts on His words is like someone who builds his house on a rock. Then, when the floods arise and the streams beat on that house, it does not fall. Notice, the man Jesus spoke of had to dig deep. This is where his faith was developed. His patience was developed during this storm. He was confident his house would stand because it was built on rock. The man believed and acted on The WORD. His faith was developed before the trial came.

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