Dictionary defines the word “strength” as the quality or state of being strong, capacity for exertion or endurance, power to resist force, and power of resisting attack.
During my college years, I took an engineering class “Strength of Materials.” My class did indulge on calculating the strengths of materials and making designs of structures that will endure and resist forces. It had shown me that the strength of material is a critical foundation for building a trustworthy structure. Now a days, engineers and scientists spend countless of hours, and billions of dollars in the name of a stronger and inexpensive material for our daily use.
The same is true with our faith. The strength of our faith is critical to a successful and victorious Christian life. As a matter of fact, building a stronger faith is not easy, and there are no short cuts to it. Also, it takes time to learn and re-learn the Biblical principles of faith. By faith, we have to overcome every hurdle along the way of our Christian walk. And our stubborn and resistant enemy in the area of building a positive faith is no other than our selves. Jesus has a challenge for us, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
God has given us a measure of faith, and expects us to grow from it and use it to work for us. As a believer, you are responsible for the growth of your faith. If you have access to a Bible, then you are extremely blessed than those who have not. Again, if you have access to a church that teaches the unadulterated Word of God, then you are blessed than those who have not. In some countries that outlaw the gospel of Christ, believers there cherish the little time they have in reading of scriptures underground. Some only have a copy or portion of a Bible in their possession. However, against all odds their faith is mighty and strong. Fear has no room in their hearts.
Increase is one of the many results of a strong faith. In the Book of Acts, believers were added daily because of the strength of their faith. Evidently, the Bible declares that a strong faith begets church growth. Biblical church growth is not only a numeric growth but a quality growth. The Spirit of the Lord added disciples, not crowds. Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations. Only a disciple can produce a strong follower of Christ. As a believer, you are the mouthpiece of God and the temple of the Spirit. The Spirit uses you (spirit, soul and body) to spread the gospel and to make disciples of all nations. We are to be nations of disciples.
A strong faith influences people around you, and when they see a strong faith in you, they tend to believe in what you have. Even without opening a lip, your action speaks volumes of positive faith. They see the fruits of your faith which is the evidence of faith. The apostle James is absolutely correct when he said, “I’ll show you my faith…”
Unbelief holds back the mighty works of God that are intended for us. Out of ignorance and lack of knowledge on the Word of God, people wonder why a loving God could not give good things to people. During His earthly ministry, people had asked Jesus if it is His will to heal. Numerous times did Jesus answered, “I will.” It is always the will of the Father to do good things, and heals all that were oppressed by the devil.
In Jesus earthly ministry, although the presence of the Lord is in their midst, people could not receive the power of God because of unbelief. And because of unbelief, Jesus could not do mighty works, and meet the people’s need. You see, God does not answer our prayers because of our needs. We all have a need. There is not a single soul in the planet that does not have a need. However, not all these needs were answered by God. God answers prayer by faith according to His Word.
“Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching” (Mark 9:5-6 NKJV).
In one instance, Jesus perceived that He could not do mighty things because of people’s unbelief. Jesus then began to teach the Word of God. This is the solution for unbelief. The Bible says that, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” People who spends quality time meditating the Word, produces tremendous strength of faith. Meditation is when we digest the Word with our spirit. As our spirit feeds on the spiritual food, our spirit also soaks in the presence of the Holy Spirit. And when we pray in the Holy Spirit, we build up our faith.
The apostle Paul reminded the Galatians that they have received the Holy Spirit by faith, and also by faith they have received the workings of God’s miracles. It was not by the works of the law that they received the mighty workings of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Rather, it was by the hearing of faith that the works of God were manifested. Therefore, it is by faith that the works of the Holy Spirit and miracles are received.
“… Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?… Therefore He who supplies to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Galatians 3:2-5 NKJV).
The strength of our faith has to be tested to prepare us from the forces of our enemy and to overcome the fiery darts of the devil. Jesus warned His disciples that those who built their faith on a wrong foundation had their faith crumbled by test, trials and persecution. Also, those who didn’t prepare for the coming storms in life have shipwrecked their faith.
To have a strong faith, you must meditate on the Word. Second, the Word must become a part of your life. You have to act the Word, or put the Word into action. Lastly, you have to speak out the Word into your situation and expect results from the Word.