GOD does not give anyone more or stronger faith than He gives to others. In Romans 12:3 the Bible says “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith“(KJV), meaning that everyone receives same measure of faith at the point of accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior.
That measure of faith is referred to in Matt 17:20 as “a grain of mustard seed“. Though it’s the smallest of seeds, yet with that level of faith, “you can say to the mountain, ‘move from here to there‘, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you.'”
We cannot talk about faith without mentioning Abraham who is our father of faith. The Bible said he was justified by faith. It was the same measure of faith which is by grace that Abraham received that we also receive today.(Rom. 4:11,16). What you do with your measure of faith to make it big and strong is entirely up to you.
For Abraham, he grew strong in his faith not only by belief, but also by countering his unbelief “he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.” Rom 4:20
Although your mustard seed faith can still move the mountain, God does not want you to remain at that level of faith. He wants each and every one of us to grow our faith bigger and stronger.
We should note that strong faith does not come from fasting longer time or praying very hard, but to what use we put our measure of faith.
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Matt 4:4
Just as we feed our physical body with bread for growth, the word of God is the food of the spirit by which we can make our faith to grow bigger. So, faith, and it’s growth comes from hearing the Gospel message of Christ Jesus(Rom. 10:17)
After feeding on the word, we also need to meditate on the word by spending enough time thinking about it of how it applies in practical terms to our situations and things we may encounter in our daily routines. We should know when our decisions and the actions we take are in the will of God or not. We can know this if His word is dwelling richly in our hearts and minds.(Col. 3:16)
- Do you know that faith can be fed to become very big but still be weak? Definitely! Just as the physical body, faith can be fed to grow but without exercise, it will be a weak faith. To exercise your faith simply means to act on the word you have heard, read, and believed. Yes, put the word to work and see how it performs.
Finally, to build a strong faith, you must at all times counter your doubts. The one thing that fights against our faith the most is DOUBT or unbelief. YES! Both faith and doubt are residing together in us and fighting against each other. Jesus said to Peter, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matt. 14:31.
Peter also had the little grain of faith and at a time it could do great things for him even as to walk on water, but as soon as doubt overcame him, he began to sink.
In summary, do not doubt in your heart, but believe without wavering every word of God you have heard or read, then verbally declare them in specific areas of your life but more importantly, put them into action because a strong faith is a doing(action) faith.