Posted by: Art Heinz | February 17, 2010

Flourishing Faith

“We ought to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one has for each other is increasing” (2 Thessalonians 1:3, NIV).

The King James Version of the above verse says, “your faith grows exceedingly” and the New Living Translation renders that same verse, “your faith is flourishing.” Despite the fact every believer is given the metron or “measure of faith” at the new birth, many believers have never learned to grow their faith where it is exceeding or flourishing. A flourishing faith is one that is growing vigorously, thriving, and prosperous. We are to take the measure of faith given to us (Romans 12:3) and make it grow just like a muscle. If we don’t use our faith it will atrophy because faith unused diminishes

The Scripture indicates six distinct levels of faith. Our elevation to higher levels of faith produces greater stability and maturity, and enlarges our capacity to receive from God. But understand up front that it is the use of the faith we have that impacts our immediate situation (Luke 17:5-6). Learn to walk diligently in the level of faith you are currently at while positioning yourself to continue flourishing in and growing your faith. I want to encourage you to evaluate where your faith walk is today and take positive action to grow your faith because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17):

  1. No (or dead) Faith – completely lacking in trust (Matthew 13:58). This can be described as faithless, unbelieving, or lacking trust and obedience to God’s Word.
  2. Weak Faith – feeble, diseased, and impotent (Romans 4:19). The person with weak faith is focusing on the problem rather than the promise and operating from the senses rather than the Word.
  3. Little Faith – undeveloped, lacking in confidence (Matthew 14:30-31). At this level, the measure of faith has been somewhat developed but is easily distracted by the circumstances.
  4. Strong Faith – increased in strength and power (Colossians 2:5). Strong faith does not stagger at the promise of God but holds fast to the promise until the manifestation.
  5. Great Faith – immeasurable in size and capacity (Matthew 8:5-13). The believer with great faith believes the Word of God in every application and area of life and expresses this faith with the words of his mouth.
  6. Perfect Faith – complete and mature in execution (James 2:22). Perfect  faith is a mature and complete faith that is evidenced by the fact that the believer ACTS on the their faith because faith without works is dead (James 2:26).

One final note about the levels of faith…it is possible to walk at a higher level of faith in one area of life and have other areas of life where your faith lags behind. Make up your mind to spend time in the Word to develop those areas where you are lacking but do not come under condemnation because you are still a work in progress. Your walk of faith is none of the Devil’s business.

*Thank you Happy Caldwell for teaching me these powerful truths several years ago.


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