….focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity] — Hebrews 12:2 (AMP)
The faith of the Christian has nothing to do with formulas or spells but is rooted in the relationship with God that has been established by covenant. Faith is not directed at the words of a promise but rests on the One who made the promise — Malcolm Smith
A few weeks ago I had a conversation with an older friend of mine. We were discussing about the nature of faith. He said that some people try to do things to get faith and the results of faith. The denomination we both grew up in made faith a work instead of a rest. We were told to confess scriptures and use our faith to grow our faith (to an extent that is true). The problem is the burden mostly falls on you to produce and exercise your faith to get certain results. This is how you end up with works of the flesh. But faith is born and developed out of a love relationship with the author of faith. How can you fully trust someone with whom you don’t have a deep relationship with?
Faith solely rest on God’s character and faithfulness. And we get to know His character as we fellowship with His Word and His Spirit in prayer. Our faith grows are we behold and respond to the love and faithfulness of God revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. We confess the promises of God not to ‘make things happen’ but to stir up and remind ourselves of what we is ours in Christ and the work of faith in us that Jesus performs. Once you go deeper in your walk with Jesus and you feel his love & affection for you, faith will become a byproduct (Gal 5:6).