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Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen

victoria osteen, joel osteen, daily inspiration, words of encouragement, God's loveGod loves faith! In fact, Hebrews tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please Him. The good news is that each person has been given a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) There’s a seed of faith deposited into every single person. That faith is activated when you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and through the power of the Word of God, that seed begins to grow.

Now, you may look at people around you or see ministers on TV and think, “Man, they have a lot of faith! I don’t have that much faith.” But do you know what kind of faith God is looking for? He’s looking for faith that is active, faith that is alive. It’s not about how much faith you have, it’s about using the faith that you have so that it can grow and flourish.

How do we use our faith? How do we know that our faith is alive? By our obedience to the Word of God. Our actions demonstrate our faith and love for Jesus. How do we increase in faith? By hearing the Word of God and acting on it! (Romans 10:17)

One time, a friend was telling me about a young lady who stopped coming to church because she didn’t have the money to pay her tithe. So I said emphatically, “Tell her to keep coming anyway so she can get her faith built up!” Even though she didn’t have the faith to believe for tithe money, if she would just use the faith she did have to keep coming to church, her faith would grow and develop so that she could believe God for her finances.

We have to realize that faith isn’t for tomorrow when everything is straightened out; faith is for today, right now. Whatever you believe in your heart right now, according to the Word of God, He is responding to. You have everything you need inside of you to get your prayers answered. Maybe you don’t have the faith to see your sickness healed this very moment, but do you have enough faith to say, “God, I know You are working in me. Continue Your work in me and help me to receive every promise You have for me”? That’s taking a step of faith. That’s sowing a seed of faith. And the Bible tells us that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can say to the mountains in our lives, “Be moved!”

I want to encourage you today, no matter what you may be facing, no matter how overwhelmed you may feel, just use the faith you have today, and God will increase it tomorrow. Jesus is the Author and Finisher of your faith. He will work with you to increase you and lead you to the place of blessing as you use the faith that you have!

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17, NKJ).

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