Add To Your Faith
by Becky DeWitt
Have you ever read a scripture that you have read before and stumbled upon a phrase that just leaped in your spirit and eventually was on your mind all the time? For about two months, everywhere I turned was ‘add to your faith.’ I heard it on Christian television. I even sponsored a church program with this as the theme and now it is an article.
‘Add to your faith’ is found in II Peter 1:5-10. These scriptures list seven qualities that we must not only develop, but exercise. One of the great deceptions in the Body of Christ is that salvation stops at the cross. Actually it is the beginning of the journey. The acceptance of the invitation to salvation delivers one from the old sinful life and sets one on a path to seek, hunger, and thirst after God and the divine revelation of who He is.
The beginning of the chapter written by Peter was to those who “have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:1). Now, I know that God is no respect of persons and He has given us all a measure of faith, but faith like Peter? Remember this is Peter who walked on water. He had experience with Jesus as he was with Him from crucifixion to resurrection. So my faith cannot stop at the cross, if I expect to walk on water. (smile). “But the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32).S
I need understanding of the faith within to operate the precious promises that will propel me to become a partaker of the divine nature. This calls for an appointment at the ‘potter’s house’ experience. In Jeremiah 18:1-4, the Lord spoke to Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house so that he could hear the word of the Lord. Jeremiah arrived to see the work on wheels. The most intriguing part of this scripture is; “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make it.” (18:4).
Reading this brings about the confession that even though I am in the hand of the Lord, I am still a mess. I am always in need of a makeover, not on the surface, but deep within. As He makes me over, I am still the same in some respects because “he made me again, another.” (18:4). It is the again, another that helps me to understand that this is not my first time on the wheel. I am in a continual process. The wheel is constantly turning presenting opportunities to add to my faith, all the while working and turning me again into another. The best part is that the Father has such mercy, grace, and love for me as it seems good to Him to keep me in His hand and His hand on me while molding and making me.
The work begins with virtue, moral excellence and principles. Then knowledge, awareness of the truth steps in. If we are not careful to continue, at this stage, one can become susceptible to the spirit of religion to think more highly of oneself living according to the law failing to become broken. The truth be told, we are really not all that we think are. That is why goodness and mercy follows us and mercy and truth are bound around our necks. (Psalm 23:6; Proverbs 3:3).
The next stage involves temperance or self-control. It really needs to be called spirit-control as we need to be governed by the complete control of the Holy Spirit. For those who like to give someone ‘a piece of their mind’ through the lack of a tamed tongue saying anything, anywhere, anytime, the wrestling match is on! Patience is also in this category to be governed by the Holy Spirit. Only He can suppress the flesh when confronted with delays or annoyance. Total submission is absolutely imperative.
As the journey continues, at this point a hint of Godliness shows up. We would have set our minds and hearts to conform to His laws and wishes. Many are watching for the brotherly kindness and love that should be so prevalent in the Body of Christ that it sets us apart notably. The evidence of true passionate affection for our brothers and sisters will cause massive conversion in the earth. Once our eyes have been lifted to see as He sees, the flow will overrule, overthrow, overrun, overtake and overload the system. For God is love, and this world system is not equipped to handle the outpouring of love, but it is coming.
The seven characteristics must grow in us so that we can become more effective and improved in our performance so that the effect is evident. Once we tap in, they will be developed to be exercised, releasing spiritual maturity that will assist in the fervency of faith. We will not be idle, but fruitful. We will not be shortsighted, but have the ability to see above and beyond, while remembering that we were purged from sin. As we become steadfast and strengthened on the journey that we have been elected to, these qualities will provide firm footing to prevent a stumble or fall. All of creation is groaning and waiting for the manifestation of the power and presence of the sons of God.
“And the apostles said unto the lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted into the sea; and it should obey you.(Luke17:5-6)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a Christian author, Becky DeWitt’s writings reveal trials and tribulations as well as edification to the soul. Her books express the need to talk about Jesus Christ from the ordinary everyday perspective with titles that are uncommon and the cover art as well. Recently, her company, Blood Drop Inheritance Group launched into the area of Christian greeting cards.
Promise Cards are uniquely designed with words of divine inspiration. Currently, the different collections are located in local hotel gift shops in Myrtle Beach, The Lighthouse Christian Book Store in Conway, Jasmine Dreams – an organic Tea Shop in Surfside Beach, Balsa Bill In Myrtle Beach,The Eagles Nest Shop in Loris, and other locations in the surrounding area.
She has published four books with Brentwood Christian Press, with the latest, “Lips-Sacred or Scarred; Take Your Mouth Off The Mess and Use It For A Miracle”, receiving a review on the Publisher’s Review Page. Her articles are also published in the Christian Voice, the local area Christian magazine. She has just published her first children’s short story, Destiny’s Closet. Becky is a member of Tree of Life Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Elaine W. Green. Becky lives and works in the Grand Strand Community of Myrtle Beach, SC.