We're like the father who had the demon possessed son. He told Jesus that if He could do anything to please help his son. Jesus then responded "If you can? All things are possible to him who believes". The father then responded, "I believe, but help me in my unbelief."
That's where many of us are in this walk of faith we're taking. Intellectually, we believe what the Bible and what Jesus said. But, in our hearts, down where it really matters, we struggle with unbelief. Some of us struggle mightily with unbelief.
Why do you struggle so much? Why do I struggle so much? We want so much to believe, yet we find it so hard to believe at the same time. You look around and see the way things are in the world or perhaps even your own life, and those things you see, really cause you to struggle.
But there's great news. Faith doesn't have to be that kind of a struggle. Keep in mind, I didn't say faith would come easy or that we'll have the kind of faith we need all the time in every single situation. But, faith doesn't have to be the struggle you and I often think it is.
Where Does Faith Come From?
God never intended for life in Christ to be a struggle. In fact we're told in 1 John 5:3, "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome".
So, if you're supposed to be resting from your works and following the commands of Jesus is not burdensome, then why are so many of us loaded down with the burden of trying to work up faith?
You first have to look and see where faith comes from. If you and I can't work it up, then it must come from somewhere.
In Romans 10:17, it says, "So, faith comes from hearing and, hearing by the word of Christ". This is the first clue for you and me. Faith doesn't come working it up. Faith comes from hearing not working.
That Greek word for hearing (ἀκοή), means to hear a report. So, the first step to take to be in a position for your faith to grow is to learn how to hear God's voice. You hear. You don't work.
The report that is heard is from the word of Christ. The very interesting thing is that the Greek word for "word" is the word "rhēma", which means "that which has been uttered by the living voice, a thing spoken, a word". So, faith is produced by hearing the report from the spoken or uttered word of Christ.
How Is Faith Activated?
Just like when Jesus spoke to situations during His earthly ministry and they were done, we need to get into a position to hear God's voice, so that when He speaks in answer to prayers, we know that we have what we have asked for. This also holds true in receiving direction from Jesus. We aren't to go or do, until He has told us.
This kind of faith isn't activated by working either. Take a look at Galatians 5:6. No amount of willing, hoping or trying will cause faith to be activated in your life. "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." The Amplified version says faith that is "activated and energized" by love.
It's love that activates faith. Remaining in the love of Christ and walking in that love, will activate faith in your life. Remember 1 John 5:3. It's walking in the commands of Jesus that puts us in the love of Christ. Perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).
So as you and I follow the commands of Christ, we'll be in His love, with no fear and in a position to hear His voice clearly, so that our faith will be powerful.