Introduction: The level of Faith during spiritual growth seems like a challenge. Each comes with a test and with each successive higher level, there is less support from. Finally, it seems as if, God does nothing for us at all, and we suffer and lose the battle. But do we still love him? Do we still trust him?
THE SUPPORT OF THE WORD:
The Bible says “Faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word.” (Romans 10:17). The word became flesh and dwells among us.” (John 1:14). “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my word will abide forever.” (Matthew 24:35). JOB. Though he slay me, yet will I serve him. We overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb, word of our Testimony and we love not our lives unto death.
ASSURANCES IN THE MIDST OF HINDRANCES:
We grow spiritually through SAVING faith, LIVING Faith, and WORKING faith. Let’s explain it this way. You can take a new born baby, give it to another woman to nurse and that child will grow up believing that the other woman is its mother. BUT, (A Baby who has been suckling on his mother for say 10 months), all on a sudden he/she is removed from her mother and never saw the mother until adult hood. That individual will grow up having strange dreams and not being able to understand why. Because during the first 10 months of life the baby had started developing a mental or cognitive face structure, voice level, and smell of its mother. The area of the Brain responsible for that is referred to as the Cerebral vortex, and Cortex. Which are responsible for long and short term memories. The information the child had already started processing goes to the long term memory. But because nobody wants to explain what happened, the child begins to have flash backs. SIMILAR, the situation with Soldiers from WAR is what leads to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress disorder). HOW TO TALK TO GOD WITH THE ASURANCE THAT HE IS HEARING US?
On the other hand, when a child is born, and growing up we beg unto them to come to us, by so doing, they learn, sign and voice together. They began to watch facial expressions. They can understand when you are mad, they are able to detect by looking at your face to and refuses for you to hold them.
Adults growing in faith also do experience some hindrances amidst the many promises God has given us DON’T forget the scriptures. If you were here on the first week when we talked about TEMPTATIONS. Attitude, Power of Attitude, Mindlessness, Social desirability, are responsible of our stunted spiritual growth and lack of faith walk.
THE LEVEL/TYPES OF FAITH DIVISIONS:
We do have three levels and seven types. The levels are SAVING faith, LIVING faith, and WORKING faith.
SAVING FAITH: 1. Weak faith and 2. Temporary Faith “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (Luke 8;15) (Relationship (Paul killing)
LIVING FAITH: 3. Action faith (James 2:14-26). 4. Strong faith does not wane at God’s promise
WORKING FAITH: 5. Great faith When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, "Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” (Matthew 8:10). 6. Unfeigned Faith “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5). 7. Perfect Diving Faith (Abraham believed God… Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3; Romans 4:22; James 2:23). When you are tested with fiery tribulations, suffering untold. At this level the individual does not care about his/her own life anymore it’s all about God receiving the glory.
God allows you with choices, create direct experiences for you, stay with you as you create and tell your meaningful stories, possible you make a game, or a teaching situation out of it.
ABOUT YOU AND ME:
You should be able to tell yourself at which level you are with God in your faith walk. Certain things we must not fall victims off. DON’T try to hasten someone else’s walk pace. DON’T try acting in another level you are not. DON’T get yourself into a spiritual rabbit trail (public display of spirituality when you are not). DON’T let your communication kills your desire for existence.