Moody once said: "If all the time that I have spent praying for faith was put together it would be months. I thought that some day faith was going to come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not come. One day I read in the tenth of Romans, 'So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.' I had closed my Bible, and prayed for 'faith.' I now opened my Bible and began to read God's Word, and faith has been growing ever since."
A woman who was showing a massive piece of family silver apologized as she took it from the cupboard, "Dreadfully tarnished!" she said, "I can't keep it bright unless I use it." That is just as true of faith as it is of silver. Tucked away in the Sunday closet of the soul, and only brought out for show, it needs apology. You can't keep faith bright unless you use it.
Take a moment to think about the above listed quotes. Maybe you've been praying for faith, but not exercising it by reading your Bible and listening to the preaching and teaching of God's Word. The lack of reading and hearing the Word may also be followed up with dissapointment because we find ourselves struggling with faith simply because we fail to exercise it in the prelude of our circumstances and thereafter. As we face the day before us with faith and boldness, may we all remember that faith brings about greater results when we exercise it. Don't just pray for faith, build your faith through the reading and hearing of God's Word.
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