II Peter 1:1-9

In today’s world, a Christian must have a strong faith.  The faith I’m referring to is not the kind that we talk about having or wish we had, but a faith that is honed and sharpened from one situation to the next.  It is clear from God’s Word that faith is vital to the life of a Christian.  Without exercising our faith, we are no different from anyone else.  So how does one establish a strong faith?

Of all the disciples Peter was the most impulsive, short-tempered, controlling, and adventurous.  The most devastating blow to his faith, I believe, happened the night when he Jesus was betrayed by Judas, a fellow disciple of Peter’s.  Peter had every intention of standing by Christ during the His ordeal that night—after all he did step out of the boat and walk on water toward Christ.  Peter denied Christ that night, not once or twice, but three separate and deliberate times.  If anyone should have laid down his faith, it should have been Peter.  After all we would never do such a thing—would we?

In his second letter to the churches at large, Peter gave a systematic method on how to establish a strong faith, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge,  (6)  knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,  (7)  godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  (8)  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (9)  The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins.”  2 Peter 1:5-9 HCSB

I know that you want a strong faith-a faith that can sustain you in the bad times and help you celebrate in the good times.  The place to start is with your relationship with Christ.  Do you know him as Savior?  Is your mind and your motivation focused on godly things?  Recognizing true faith can be an elusive thing, but you will know when you have it.  Peter learned the hard way about how to establish a strong faith.  So, how are you doing?  Follow the progression to a strong faith that Peter mentions in the passage above and see what God does.

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