The above statement, although it talks about the increase in numbers of believers because of a strong faith, it teaches us that the principle of faith that produces increase can also be applied to our Christian living. First of all, Jesus declared that without Him, or without the faith in Him, we cannot do anything in this life. The apostle knew this truth by heart, for he said that he trashed everything he had for the sake of knowing Christ. The fact is, no matter how brilliant a person could be, or he may be the most influential and powerful man in this world, without Christ in his life, he remains a failure.
The apostle John said that our faith will overcome the lust and the evils of this world. We know that this world is full of deceptions, worries, pain, or at worst, it leaves you in constant struggle to survive, coping to live – you have to fight back but never win. This world has never offered peace, but fear, restlessness, and at times you feel abandoned, left alone out there hoping to find a better life somehow, someway. But the Word of God has promised us that a strong faith will give us the increase in life, the increase that comes from God.
When Abraham passed away, the Bible said that he lived his life to the fullest, and he was extremely blessed by God. Abraham left his son Isaac with so much wealth, wisdom and honor. Evidently, Abraham had a strong faith. In the Book of Romans 4:16-21, the apostle Paul revealed to us how Abraham strengthened his faith:
First, Abraham believed God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17).
Almost every soul in the planet believes that there is God, or believes in God. However, they have no Biblical knowledge to base their belief in God. The God of Abraham calls those things which do not exist as though they were. God is a faith God. He calls things that never existed yet as though they were existed already. Because when God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” Therefore, when God changed his name from Abram to Abraham (father of many nations), God was actually calling things which do not exist as though they did. Abraham was 100 years old and his wife had past her years of child bearing. However, Abraham believed God that he would become a father of many nations, because God has spoken it.
As a believer, you have to follow the faith of God. You have to call those things which do not exist as though they were. You have to call yourself that you are more than a conqueror in Christ, that you are prosperous in Christ, that you are rich in Christ, that you are holy in Christ, that you are righteous in Christ, that you are healed and healthy in Christ, that you are successful in Christ. Everything your hands do shall prosper in Christ.
Do not stop your lips confessing and declaring the things of God that belongs to you. Faith is endurance. Fight the good fight of faith. You have to wait for the Lord. A farmer patiently waits for the harvest. The good about waiting is that the Lord will renew your strength as you wait for Him. Keep on sowing seeds of good works; seeds of blessings for the harvest will surely come.
Second, Abraham did not weaken his faith by not considering the impossibilities (Romans 4:19).
Because of their (Sarah and his) age, it is impossible for them to have children. Abraham did not consider his own body, already dead since he was already about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. Abraham walked by faith. In reality, the couple was not capable to bear more children because of their age and physical condition at the time. Child bearing was long gone past. However, against all physical evidence of impossibilities, Abraham believed God that what He had promise shall come to pass.
Third, Abraham’s faith did not waver at the promise of God (Romans 4:20).
Unbelief is our worse enemy. Doubt, suspicions, uncertainties and reservations are the results of unbelief. We justify our unbelief through rationalization of things that seem impossible to work out. Once you waver on the promise of God, you lose your faith. When faith is lost, the promise is gone. You are to start all over again from the first step your faith. The key was: do not waver at the promise of God, but how?
The Bible stated that Abraham strengthened his faith by giving glory to God. Giving to glory is basically praise and worship. Almost half of the believers in this world do not give glory to God. They have difficulty praising and worshipping God with their mouths. It’s amazing how they shout, scream, yell, do the dance when their football team or basketball team or whatever team is winning a game. But when it comes to shouting for God, because He is good, they can’t do it.
When you praise and worship God, especially in public, God is glorified. David did that in front of everyone and God was pleased. David danced before God with all of his might in public. Only an evil spirit cannot be able stand praise and worship. When David played his instrument to the Lord, evil spirits leave King Saul. You see, when you begin to praise the Lord, every lying spirit that try to influence you will leave. Praise and worship is an act of faith. Mentally or intellectually or whatever you want to call it, praise and worship is a spiritual force, a spiritual reality, a spiritual dynamics in the spiritual world. For sure, a western mind will going to have great difficulties in understanding praise and worship, because it is deeper than singing from a hymnal book or whatever.
Fourth, Abraham was convinced that God was able to perform what was promised (Romans 4:21).
God is not in the business of giving lip service, or acting like Dr. Feel Good. God is not in the business of “Someone’s On Your Side, so Go Ahead Cry on My Shoulder,” kind a thing. God is looking for the kind of Abraham’s obedience and faith to His Word. In Christ Jesus, God expects you to grow in the faith. God expects you to be a disciple. You don’t belong to the crowd. You belong to the greatest new creation of all creations. You have been born of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God; therefore, you shall never, not even an iota of doubt in yourself or who you are in Christ.
Abraham was convinced that God has the ability, capability, capacity, the power, and the resources to do what He has promised.
One of the reasons of unbelief is the question of the integrity of the Word of God. However, the real question actually is the integrity of your word. How far or how deep or how serious is the integrity of your word. Do you carelessly give your promises and carelessly forget to fulfill those promises? If so, then how can you put your faith in the integrity of the word of God when in fact you have no integrity in your own word?