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How Does Faith Start?
by Janie Buck
Topic: Knowing God
Date: 05.05.2006

Have you ever wondered why some people have so much faith? They keep moving through life with a secret source of strength that is puzzling. And how did they get so much faith that they see the answers to their prayers?

It is really rather simple. They read a book. Not any old book but the Bible. In it they learned about God’s love and Jesus the only Savior. You can know Him too for He said, “Come to me... and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

First we must come to Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. Believe that He died on the cross (it wasn’t for anything He had done) but for all who will put their trust in Him as their Savior. The Father accepts what Jesus did in our place and forgives us.

Also we need to come to Him daily asking forgiveness for sins. Then grow in faith and knowledge of Him by reading and studying the Bible.

Jesus is the Author (He wrote the book) and Finisher (He works at the project until it is complete) of our faith. (Heb. 12:2) That is encouraging because we are not alone trying to muster up faith. Stop and think about Him giving us faith and helping us grow in trusting God.

There is one thing we need to do, and that is “...fixing our eyes on Jesus” and trust Him to keep us going.

He is the One who helps. He is the Creator, originator, instigator, founder, initiator, and source of our faith. These words help us see Him as the Person who encourages. He helps us make it through daily life as we pray about everything

Memory Verse: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I accept your invitation. I come to you and ask you to forgive my sins. Come into my heart and guide me in the why I should go. Thank you for hearing my prayer. I praise you, my Savior. Thanks for never leaving me so I can depend upon your presence protecting me form things I fear, and helping me through all of life’s ups and downs. Amen.

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