As we wait for the full manifestation of the Restoration, we are going to grow in our Faith. Can Faith grow? And What is the significance of growing in faith? Every Christian will experience walking in Faith and growing in Faith. Therefore, faith can grow, and the bible shows there is degree in faith starting from zero / no faith growing to great faith:
- No Faith.
New Believers always start from this point of no faith. We see this in the story of (Luk 8:22-25). It happened, on a certain day, that Jesus got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. But as they sailed Jesus was tired and fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And the disciples came to Jesus and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”Wait a minute, Jesus was in the boat, and the disciples had witnessed Jesus performing many miracles, casting out devils, and yet they still were afraid with the storm? Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: “Shalom!”. And they ceased, and there was a calm. Then, in Luk 8:25 Jesus said to them, “Where is your faith?” Jesus certainly did not see they were having any Faith here. But, the good news is: it does not matter whether they’re having No Faith, still they got their restoration and miracles done, because Jesus was in the boat, they did not drown. The miracles still happen in the presence of Jesus.
But this is not what Jesus wants from us! Because He does not want us to live in a frenzy. Living in fear, fret and worry! That is why Jesus wants us to walk in Faith. While you are waiting for your restoration, Jesus wants you to have peace and Rest. However, if you think you are still in this stage of No faith, it does not matter, because at the end of this article you will grow in Faith. You don’t have to fear, you don’t have to fret, but you can be at Rest!
- Little Faith.
In this story, the disciples have followed Jesus much longer, but still their faith had not grown much. (Mat 14:22-31) …Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when night came, He saw the boat was in the middle of the sea, being tossed by the waves, for the wind was raging hard. So, Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when Peter saw Him walking on the sea, And Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So Jesus said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”Mat 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of LITTLE FAITH, why did you doubt?”
Even so with such little Faith, Peter still managed to walk on the water for a while, which is a miracle for no one can walk on water! He walked a little while before he began to sink, and Jesus reached out for him, then I believed Peter walked back on the water to the boat again, before Jesus rebuked Peter for having “such a Little Faith”.
If you think your Faith is also such a little, the good news is that you will not drown and you can still walk on water! In fact, even with faith as little as a mustard seed (which is the smallest of most seeds), Jesus said you can move the mountain (Mat 17:20). But, Jesus does not want us to be assaulted by doubt, and live in frantic being tossed by situations around us. Jesus wants us to have Rest while waiting for the Restoration that God has promised.
- Great Faith.
(Mat 8:5-10) When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But, the centurion answered and said, “Lord, … You only need to speak a word, and my servant will be healed.Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said: …”Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such GREAT FAITH, not even in Israel!
How did The Centurion have such great faith according to Jesus? Because he was not worrying, nor doubting if Jesus could heal, he did not fret, nor in fear; but he was at Rest. He told Jesus No Need to come to his house, but just speak the word and his servant would be healed. This is how Jesus wants you to live, A LIFE OF REST and having bold faith, knowing God’s Restoration is on the way!
There is one more faith that the bible mentioned, that I find it greater than great, it is audacious! It is found in the story of the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years (Mar 5:25-34) She had suffered and spent all that she had to heal her illness condition from many physicians. She was now broke no money, and her illness rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and wanted to just touch His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Wow, of all the previous stories, we know that everyone who received the miracles, had a face to face encounter with Jesus, and directly asked for Jesus’ permission. They KNOW Jesus is ABLE to heal, but they NEED to ASK Jesus if He is WILLING to heal? But, this woman came like stealth; she was sure Jesus was able to heal her, and she did not even think it was necessary to ask for Jesus’ permission to heal her, nor necessary for Jesus to lay hand on her. She just took it by stealth, she came up from behind Him quietly in the crowd and touched the edge of His cloak, believing just a touch of His clothes will amount to her healing. Indeed, immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. And, Jesus credited the miracle on her Faith (Mar 5:34). This is the kind of Faith, we should have for we walk under Grace!
The Scriptures show: There are various degree of FAITH, you may have no faith or just a little faith, but in anyway your Miracles / Restorations do not depend on the degree of your Faith, but depend on Jesus. Miracles always happened in the presence of Jesus, when Jesus is in the midst of your situation, when we pray in His Mighty Name.
However, Jesus did rebuke His disciples for having no Faith, and rebuked Peter for having a little faith. Jesus is not pleased when you have no faith, because He does not want you to live in fear nor fret. He wants you to live under His amazing Grace, that we should be at Rest with Jesus. For we are His beloved, we are aware of our closeness to Jesus, we are redeemed by His blood because of His great Love towards us, and we just need to stretch forward and receive from Him. And, because of Jesus’ over payment on the cross we are greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved. This is called: Audacious faith!