FOCUS: DIMENSIONS OF FAITH
Introduction: God in His magnanimity has given the gifts of faith to every man with grace to believe. When you gave your life to Jesus Christ at the place of salvation, you step into the school or dimension of faith automatically. However, God doesn’t want you to remain in that level but He expects you to grow or develop in faith so as to be able to mature in Him. 1 Pet. 2:1-2
1Pe 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
There are three (3) major categories of faith that our Lord Jesus Christ mentioned in the Scriptures:
Faithless Category: This category of people are those who belong to ‘school of Thomas’ because they always want to see before they will believe. John 20:24-25; Matt. 17:17
Joh 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when
Jesus came. Joh 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the
Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put
my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Mat 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me
Note: – A faithless person has no future with or in God.
– When a man is faithless, he will definitely end up a failure. Heb. 10:22
– When a man is faithless, he will end up fruitless in all things.
– When a man is faithless, he will end up fading away suddenly because he’s a stranger to what God can do. 2 Kings 7:1,2,18-20.
Little Faith Category: It is said that whatever you have a little is better what you don’t have at all. Let’s look at Matt. 6:30; Matt. 8:26; Matt.16:8
Matt 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to
morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Matt 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Matt 16:8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
Note: -God has no obligations to take you beyond the level your faith can take you in the Kingdom.
– When your faith is little, you will command little exploits in life.
– You can’t do greater works with little faith. John 14:12
However, Matt 17:20 says “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for
verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be
impossible unto you”
Great Faith Category: The secret of growing great in the Kingdom of God is to grow your faith to be great. This is the dimension that commands exploits and results in life and destiny. Matt. 8:10; Matt 15:28; Acts 4:33
Note: No door of opportunity is permitted to be shut against a man of great faith
– No devil on earth or in hell has capacity to outrun a man of great faith
– Miracles, signs and wonders are normal and natural to a man of great faith.
– When you are faith-full, you will definitely be fruitful and command exploits. Acts 6:5-8.
Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I
say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Mat 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it
unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord
Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Act 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man
full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon,
and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Act 6:6 Whom they set before the
apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. Act 6:7 And the
word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly;
and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. Act 6:8 And Stephen,
full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Conclusion: God wants us to grow our faith because growing your faith is a non-transferable personal responsibility and experience. You need to know that you faith can grow. 1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: