If you want to grow higher in your faith, then you will have to understand what you must do. Most of us have the wrong idea of what we must do, and in all of our striving, we are actually being a hindrance to what must happen for us to grow higher in our faith.
To be led by God, you must wait for God. “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lamentations 3:25-26 NKJV).
The greatest obstacle we must overcome is ourselves. We hold onto the right to ourselves with such ferocity that the Lord can barely move us. God will not force you to change, but you can be sure He will allow those circumstances that will cause us to finally yield to Him.
The most useful saint is not the one that does the most but yields the most. “Now yield and submit yourself to Him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace; in this way [you will prosper and great] good will come to you” (Job 22:21 AMP).
The strongest attribute we have is our pride, and that is exactly what stands in opposition to us growing higher in our faith. So long as we stand tall in our pride, we will not bow down before the Lord in all humility. He won’t lift you one inch until you first lower yourself to where He will pick you up.
The higher your faith, the lower your pride. “What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever” (Isaiah 5:21 NLT).
Once you start surrendering to God and emptying yourself of yourself, then it will be there that the Holy Spirit can fill you, and the life of the Lord Jesus Christ can start to reign in you. It will be here where you will find how wasteful all your prior striving truly was.
The more surrendered you are, the less striving you will do. “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and he will” (Psalm 37:5 TLB).
Your potential is never reached by your own power but by the power of God, who is in you. God can do more in you in two seconds than your power can do in a lifetime. Victory for believers is found when they forfeit themselves before God, who is their victor.
Wherever you don’t have victory, you are relying upon yourself. “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57 NLT).
The next step is crucial, as after we have surrendered to God and He has filled us with His Spirit, we must then exercise our newfound spiritual life. We must do our part in living out the Christian life that God has given us the power to do.
God has worked salvation into you, but it is up to you to work it out. “…work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12 AMP).
The higher faith is not found by striving in our own power, but it doesn’t just happen without us playing a part in the journey. We must make choices in what we will do. When we are tempted, God will provide the escape and give us strength, but we must choose what it is we will do.
The only sin you cannot escape is the one you do not want to. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV).
God puts the life of His Son Jesus in us, but we have to work the life of Christ out through us. So long as we remain alive to ourselves, we will not have the Life of Christ reigning within us. God has put Christ in us, but we must be the ones who will let Him be the Lord over our lives.
The greatest obstacle that you can ever overcome is yourself. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 NLT).
The higher faith is not complicated, nor is it filled with striving. It is a life that lives out the simple truths of God and yields to His power so that we can be who He wants us to be. A child can do it, so you can be sure that you can do it, too.
Live a life worthy of the mercy God has shown you. “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:6-8 NKJV).
Blessings to you,