In the previous article on how to grow in faith we focused on the place of obedience to God and the inspiring power of the Word of God in stirring and increasing our faith. This week we focus on the nature of seed faith and its dynamics in increasing our faith.
Both the physical and spiritual world in which we live is affected by sowing seeds and reaping harvests. Faith comes from seeds that we sow in our lives.
Unbelief and skepticism also comes from seeds we sow, whether philosophical or emotional. That is, it comes from thoughts that we nurture or hurts that we carry. Paul writes,
“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)
Jesus challenged his disciples for their lack of faith saying “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” (Matthew 17:20)
The table below outlines, from a number of passages, the seed that we need to sow and the resulting harvest that will be reaped.
|Seed to Sow||Harvest to be Reaped|
|Forgive others||And God will forgive you (Matthew 6:14-15; Luke 6:37)|
|Give to God and others||“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:38)|
|Die to our selfishness||And you will reap eternal life. (John 12:24-26; Matthew 10:39)|
|Humble ourselves||And God will exalt you (1 Peter 5:6; James 4:6, 10)|
|Do not judge others||And you will not be judged (Luke 6:37 )|
Below are a number of steps that you can follow in exercising seed faith. They are not a formula, but simple steps that help you focus on God and exercise your faith. This week, why don’t you examine the passages identified above and work through these steps, expecting God to work in your life.
Steps of Seed Faith
- Acknowledge that God is the source of all you need.
- Sow your seed, give that it may come back multiplied.
- Pray over your sown seed. Prayer is like water that helps the crops to grow.
- Expect to reap a harvest. Expect God to do a miracle for you.
- Give thanks to God for the harvest He has given to you. Thank God, for the miracle He has done for you.