Notice what this prayer confesses.1. Oar Saviour could not do, in certain circumstances, many mighty works, because of the unbelief of the people: our Saviour cannot do now for us any of those great and mighty works which He hath promised lie will do, because of our unbelief. Careful There will be the acceptance of standards of morality which before we have not accepted. Allow me to remark here, that many of the duties of religion are, properly speaking, duties of faith. Take heed of your faith, because Christ thinks much of it.4. 3. They give occasion for kind judgment, and Christian forbearance, and helpfulness one to another, seeing that the man of "much faith" must not despise, but must recognize as a brother, and help on, the man who is said to be a man of "little faith." From the character it gives. The progressive nature of religion.3. The influence of faith on our life and conduct renders this prayer peculiarly suitable and ira. To the same end we must cherish a deep and an abiding sense of the mean and degrading nature of earthly things. And it will be the expulsive power of new love in her soul that will have driven out all this vermin brood of passions. The Bible does not speak of the head of unbelief wickedly departing from the living God, but it speaks of the heart of unbelief wickedly departing from God. Men have an ideal of what is right; and they believe in the possibility of its realization somewhere; but they do not think they are called to that thing. 2. You will see the same in St. Paul's mind if you compare what he says of himself in his Epistles to the Romans and the Corinthians, which were his early Epistles, with his triumphant assurance in his Epistles to Timothy, which were his last Epistles. Faith has quenched the violence of the flames, shut the mouths of lions, and out of weak. Faith is the root-grace: all other virtues and graces spring from it.3. I think that the power of faith may exist, and yet not be exercised, or, if exercised at all, exercised very improperly; just as the power and volition of the limbs are distinct one from the other. The influence of faith on our life and conduct renders this prayer peculiarly suitable and ira. Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! Be anxious about your faith, for all your graces hang upon it. It is not yesterday's battle that will save me to-day; I must be going onwards. He begins to make the upper, the truly spiritual, the love-bearing elements in him dominate over the others. No one, then, who has been trying to overcome his faults, need despair.(H. A man readily puts up with the inconvenience of the present, when he has great joys in store for the future.III. 2. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well, but without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag along heavily. It opens the door for the Divine power to inflame his soul; that is, for the Divine mind to give strength and inspiration to the nobler and higher part of his mind — to his reason; to his whole moral nature; to that which is the best and highest in him. … C.  Knowledgeable But it is easy for us to see traces of "increase of faith" in the lives of the apostles themselves. MEANS SHOULD BE USED TO SECURE AN INCREASE OF FAITH. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. It has overcome more enemies than the whole host of conquerors. I should not be a dependent creature at all, if I could believe naturally. For it is not true that a slight and feeble faith does suffice. There are two parts here: there is the truth as it is proposed to us, and the recipient of the truth. One believer never reaches the same degree in this life as another. All that He commands us to do (not a stumbling block, forgive. I gentle? By the shield of faith we quench the fiery darts, etc. We ought, my friends, to be extremely careful of our faith — both of its rightness and of its strength, first of all — when we consider the position which faith occupies in salvation. This is the prayer of the text, that God would increase our faith; and if faith cometh by teaching — cometh from the promise of God — cometh from the spiritual influence, let us receive the teaching simply — let us receive the promise as it is exhibited in the Word — let us lay our hearts open to the influence of the Spirit of God; and that faith which appears a timid, feeble, cowardly thing, in our experience, will grow and increase till it comes to be mighty and powerful. But the moment he gets out of the church, he thinks, "The idea of my being gentle! The faith which would support Jacob's mind when his family was entire and happy would scarcely support Jacob's mind when his favourite son was gone. In directing their prayer to Christ, they virtually acknowledge His Divinity.5. One man has "faith" sufficient to lead him to entire separation from the world, and to undergo great mortification — another has not got so far. III. Take care of your faith, because otherwise you cannot well perform your duty. Take gentleness. By the shield of faith we quench the fiery darts, etc. Is it not true that many minds are visited by the Spirit of God with His illuminations and spiritual influences, and yet faith is never put forth, so to speak, in any saving form? THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST POSSESS FAITH. Complete reliance upon God in you life Faith to a. God wants us to stretch in our faith. Do It is in proportion as our faith is increased, that "we are not ignorant of his devices."(H. Faith may, in one respect, be considered as a principle of grace in religion. I gentle? Consider how men are brought to a religious life. portant.5. "Increase our faith" in its extent — the extent of what it will receive. of God with obedient faith, Phil. Every man is what his object is.2. We are not saved by love; but we are saved by grace, and we are saved by faith. (The Preachers' Treasury. Take heed of your faith, because Christ thinks much of it.4. By the enlarging, by the education, by the inspiration of a man's nature, in this direction, the beginnings of victory are planted. They go into it because their companions are going in. Increase Our Faith! We are tried by various circumstances, and tempted by the world, the flesh, and the devil. Luke 17:1-10. The suppliant at God's throne is surrounded by Divine realities. How does Jesus help them? We must St. Paul speaks of a brother who is "weak in the faith" — St. Stephen and St. Barnabas are commended as men "full of faith." 2. Oh! III. The privilege of justification may not be forfeited by the loss, we think, of many of its attendant and accompanying privileges and joys. (3)The increase of faith is connected with the increase of usefulness. I think the reason why faith is feeble, in the sense to which I have referred, and from this particular cause, is not so much the fault of the understanding, as the fault of the heart — it is not an intellectual, but it is a moral cause. they fall off from that and say, "I cannot; it is impossible." Others come into a religious life by the power of sympathy. If any one of you is without any promised blessing of God, it is simply because he has not "faith" about the matter. )The increase of faithJ. But the moment he gets out of the church, he thinks, "The idea of my being gentle! If, then, "faith" be a thing capable of degrees, every man must be responsible for the measure of his attainment of that grace in the sight of God. "Increase our faith." AN INCREASE OF FAITH IS POSSIBLE. AN INCREASE OF FAITH IS POSSIBLE. Tell me not of the victories of Wellington; mention not the battles of Napoleon; tell me of what faith has done! It meets their approval. In praying for more faith, they also acknowledged their own insufficiency to produce it (Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:13). Let us do the same.(C. There will be a great difficulty in maintaining that kind of faith in the promised provisions of the grace and love of God, the death of Christ, and so on, necessary even to preserve and keep the soul in spiritual life. 1. )An increase of faithThe Weekly Pulpit.I. )The victorious power of faithH. By the shield of faith we quench the fiery darts, etc. I preach a gospel that has been full of Victories and noble achievements, but that has not yet begun to show what its full power and what all its fruits of victory are to be. But when a man has once come into it, his very first experience, usually, whether he be exactly conscious of it or not, is the thought that he is brought into the presence of a higher Being — a higher Spirit — than he has been wont to think was near him. One man has been a very worldly and careless man, until, in the universal whirl of affairs, a slap of bankruptcy, like the stroke of waves against the side of a ship, smashes into his concerns, and he founders. I remark that the exercises of faith may not be equal to the occasion calling for those exercises; and under these circumstances the faith will be felt as feeble, and the person possessing it, as needing influence. The joy of faith is a wonderful help to forgiveness.4. Berean Study Bible. Lord, Increase Our Faith . The direct influence which the spirit of God has upon the human soul, is to develop the good and expel the evil tendencies that are in it. There is in her a vague, uninterpreted sense of something higher and better than she has known before. All the Lord Commands You, cf. AN INCREASE OF FAITH IS POSSIBLE. Thousands and thousands of men there are who hear the gospel preached every Sunday, and think there is nothing more beautiful than meekness, nothing more beautiful than humility, as they are presented to them. Faith is the salvation-grace. Faith has been attacked and ridiculed for centuries. However many faults you may have, that branch their roots out in every direction, and difficult as it is to transplant them by the ordinary instrumentalities; nevertheless, faith in the soul will give you power to pluck them up by the roots, and east them from you, or transplant them to better soil, where they will grow to a better purpose. I remark that the exercises of faith may not be equal to the occasion calling for those exercises; and under these circumstances the faith will be felt as feeble, and the person possessing it, as needing influence. Tim. 8:31-32). There can be no increase where there is no possession.II. 2. THE PERSON TO WHOM THE APOSTLES ADDRESSED THEIR PRAYER. Faith, as a principle, must have means of existence. The faculties, of course, would grow spontaneously and naturally, though they may be encumbered by much ignorance and want of tuition; yet that circumstance will not extinguish the faculties, and instruction and tuition cannot raise them above their proper and natural level. The character, then, must be formed by other objects — the desires and affections of the soul must be fixed on things above — it must thus become capable of heavenly joys, or in vain were it admitted into heaven itself. A prayer for the strength that increases faith: “I can do all this through him who … THE REASONS WHICH RENDER THIS PRAYER SUITABLE TO ALL CHRISTIANS. Luke 17:5 (NKJV) And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” They did not say to the Lord to keep their faith burning or sustain their faith -- but rather to Increase their faith -- It is necessary to see a GROWTH IN OUR FAITH Faith has respect to revealed truth as its immediate object; and in the New Testament it more especially relates to Christ as the substance of all the promises.2. But you increase your faith by doing two … Increase my faith and help me to believe a little more. III. And it is all embodied in her benefactress. H. There will be a great difficulty in maintaining that kind of faith in the promised provisions of the grace and love of God, the death of Christ, and so on, necessary even to preserve and keep the soul in spiritual life. 11:29; No; it is by various manifestations and — if you will allow the expression, I use it in an innocent way — various impulses of the Spirit of God on the mind, by which we are led to believe. Important to the same end are just views of the truth and faithfulness of God. Each believer is in different states of belief, at different periods of his own life. expects us to grow in our faith, 5. Napoleon once said, "I must fight battles, and I must win them; conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must maintain me." The only one we can count on who absolutely will not fail us is God (Hebrews 13:5). 4. )Prayer for more faithTheological Sketchbook.A prayer adapted to every part of the Christian life.I. But it is by faith, and by faith only, that the influence of these Divine and glorious realities can be felt in our present state. For if saving faith grows out of spiritual influence, it will follow that the presence of that spiritual influence is necessary, in order to the exercise of faith; and one of the great reasons why our faith is so feeble — why we are rather shut up in the darkness of unbelief so often — is, that we do not lay our hearts open to that spiritual influence which is promised and which is vouchsafed to us. We have to do this morning with another thought — that the growth and the "increase" of "faith," at every successive stage, is a distinct act of Almighty power. The faculties, of course, would grow spontaneously and naturally, though they may be encumbered by much ignorance and want of tuition; yet that circumstance will not extinguish the faculties, and instruction and tuition cannot raise them above their proper and natural level. There are two parts here: there is the truth as it is proposed to us, and the recipient of the truth. W. Taylor, D. D.I. The suppliant at God's throne is surrounded by Divine realities. That we may be established in the simplicity and fulness of the gospel. The excellency of Christ can only be communicated now to the soul by the exercise of faith.II. This will appear from —1. Napoleon once said, "I must fight battles, and I must win them; conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must maintain me." This prayer should also be used in order THAT OUR PERCEPTION OF SATAN'S TEMPTATIONS MAY BE CLEAR. She hears her sing, and hears her talk, and sees what kindnesses she does to others, and how she denies herself. You know there is a difference between a moral agent and a necessary agent. Without God, we are left to our own resources, which plague us with pride, stubbornness, indifference, insensitivity, and failure. Between faith and forgiveness a very close connection will be seen if we inquire what is the foundation of faith. We hold spiritual things too loosely.II. And if she be, as I have supposed her to be, a child of strong, original moral nature, she will, in the course of a year, be almost free from the taint of corruption; almost free from deceits; almost free from vices. b. Spurgeon. The faith which enables a man to pass the common road of life in peace and happiness will scarcely be sufficient to enable him to pass the valley and shadow of death without fear. There is connection between the fulfilment of the promise on the part of God and the exercise of faith on the part of the sinner. God begins to mean something to him. 2. Preparation for the glory that shall hereafter be revealed must be begun in this world. If we are truly the followers of Christ, yet our faith is weak at best, and needs to be increased, and that for various reasons —1. The power to believe is communicated by spiritual agency and influence; the act of believing is the act of the person who receives that influence. Jno. Faith, when it is strong, has a high expectancy about it, which helps it to bear with the assaults of men of the world. Is it not true that many minds are visited by the Spirit of God with His illuminations and spiritual influences, and yet faith is never put forth, so to speak, in any saving form? (The Preachers' Treasury. There is connection between the fulfilment of the promise on the part of God and the exercise of faith on the part of the sinner. The fulfilment of this prayer will bring this to pass; it is included in the gift of increased faith. 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Let the halting, lingering one — the soul that still keeps too much in this world — remember what the apostle says, that it is "faith" which "overcomes the world," and therefore let him pray, "Lord, increase my faith." She was of good stock, and had strong moral instincts; but she was a vagrant child, and was soon swept into the swirl of poverty and vice. That we may be established in the simplicity and fulness of the gospel. Dixon, D. D.consider the increase of faith as it regards its principle. 1. I preach, not simply a free gospel, but a victorious gospel. From its nature. )The increase of faithN. (2)The increase of faith is connected with the increase of comfort. 2. And it is so with the Christian. If I could be a believer naturally, I could be a Christian naturally — I could be saved naturally, I could attain to holiness naturally — I could enjoy the highest holiness and felicity naturally. Spurgeon. The evil does not die in an instant from her nature. When a strong nature is snatched from worldliness, and begins to live a Christian life, what are the elements of his experience, reduced to some sort of philosophical expression? By assuring them that faith can do anything.2. Although too young to become herself vicious, yet she learned to lie, and steal, and swear — with a certain inward compunction — until by and by some kind nature brought her out of the street, and out of the den, and into the asylum. The ideal of truth presented to them seems beautiful and sweet. But he who knows his own heart best, that man knows most how fitting the supplication is, everywhere, "Lord, increase my faith." Knowing certain things should increase our faith. Has it occurred to you that trials and temptations are the best occasions to show Christ to the world? All the defects and blemishes of Christian character may be traced to the want or the weakness of faith as their cause. To those whose faith has declined.3. There may be an indisposition in our hearts to receive the truth. He begins to make the upper, the truly spiritual, the love-bearing elements in him dominate over the others. When men are brought into the Christian life, and they begin to dome into communion with God, the higher part of their nature receives such a stimulus that it has power to nominate the lower part — to control pride; to hold in restraint deceits; to make men gentle, and mild, and sweet, and forgiving, and noble, and ennobling. CONSIDER THE GENERAL IMPORT OF THE PRAYER: "LORD, INCREASE OUR FAITH."1. 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these … Faith, as a principle, must have means of existence. Again, God has established a direct proportion between a man's faith and a man's success: "according to your faith be it unto you." God said to Habakkuk at the end of our first reading, “...the upright man will live by his faithfulness.” (Hab 2:4) In the Gospel, did Jesus increase his apostles’ faith? Take care of your faith, my friends, for it is very often so weak that it demands all your attention. In praying for an increase of this principle, the apostles acknowledged that their faith was weak.3. If any one of you is without any promised blessing of God, it is simply because he has not "faith" about the matter. Let the better nature in man once more come into communion with God, and it is mightier than the worse nature in man, and can subdue it. AN INCREASE OF FAITH WILL MAKE THE GOSPEL A GREATER POWER IN OUR LIFE. To the same end we must cherish a deep and an abiding sense of the mean and degrading nature of earthly things.4. By the enlarging, by the education, by the inspiration of a man's nature, in this direction, the beginnings of victory are planted. Between faith and forgiveness a very close connection will be seen if we inquire what is the foundation of faith. From the consolations which faith imparts. From its effects. 2:12-13. (Ephesians 6:16). It is said of Midas, that he had the power to turn everything into gold by the touch of his hand; and it is true of faith — it can turn everything into gold, but destroy faith, we have lost our all; we are miserably poor because we can hold no fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.5. I shall not stop to reason why it is so in the gospel: we find it is there. I never can do it in the world." 1. Next, my friends, take care of your faith perpetually, because of your enemies; for if you do not want faith when you are With friends, you will require it when you have to deal with your foes. Get a more extensive acquaintance with the promises of God.3. Oar Saviour could not do, in certain circumstances, many mighty works, because of the unbelief of the people: our Saviour cannot do now for us any of those great and mighty works which He hath promised lie will do, because of our unbelief. OBEY THE DUTY OF FAITH, Lk. Faith may, in one respect, be considered as a principle of grace in religion. And now, all the forces of a man's nature, and all the foregoing habits of his life, beginning here, will soon be so changed as to come into agreement with his higher feelings which will be excited by the inshining of God's soul. Our faith may be increased by examining the evidence of Divine truth. There is one view, indeed, in which the truth on which faith terminates, never can be supposed to be obscure, or little, or imperfect at all, but another in which it may. (3) To the moral influence of our example.IV. 119:105). A sermon given on July 1, 1855 by Charles Spurgeon “And the apostle said unto the Lord, increase our faith.”— Luke 17:5. 3. Then, if the teaching, brethren, on which faith rests is imperfect, of course the faith itself must be feeble and imperfect. Consider how men are brought to a religious life. We have to do this morning with another thought — that the growth and the "increase" of "faith," at every successive stage, is a distinct act of Almighty power. Allow me to remark here, that many of the duties of religion are, properly speaking, duties of faith. I never can. There is a difference, you know, between the faculties which are natural and a principle of religion — such as faith, or love, or justice, or rectitude. Its importance in the hour of death renders it unspeakably desirable. D.  Assurance of Reward (Eph. We must feel the touch of affliction, and the touch of death; and, perhaps, the prayer of the text may be very appropriate to us when we change circumstances, and we may have to pray, "Lord, increase our faith!"3. Faith may, in one respect, be considered as a principle of grace in religion. 1. The Lord. It is extremely difficult to maintain confidence in the midst of the storm, though that confidence is more necessary, and I dare say you will feel the necessity of offering the prayer of the text, "Lord, increase our faith!"(J. Faith, as a principle, in another view of the case, may be considered as the Holy Spirit's influence; but then, that spiritual influence may be but imperfectly submitted to on our part; and if so, then of course our faith will be weak. Here is God, in all the fulness and plenitude of His affection — here is the Saviour, in all the infinitude of His merit — here is the promise of life, in all its length and breadth, standing out to our view, exciting our confidence, winning our faith; but, after all, so little is that faith, that we can receive but little; and God cannot, in the sovereignty of His mercy, accomplish what He is infinitely willing to do. II. 4. If you do not wilfully check the grace of God that is in you, that grace will, and must, in obedience to the law of its being, increase. The admonitions of the Bible.4. Hard as it is to transplant the tree of your soul, difficult as it is to sever the roots that hold it down, the Master says, "There is power to do it." Its influence on the deep mysteries of Divine truth, which faith only can receive and apply.4. To the eye of faith every event has a tendency and an aim.3. The The inferior animals, who are destitute of reason, of judgment, of will, of choice, why, of course, they are just what they are by the instincts and impulses of nature, over which they have no control at all. New International Version. Faith gives us a view out into the world through which we can see the power of our creator, redeemer, and sustainer God, and what matters so much is not how big the window is, but that you can see God at work in the world when you look through it. To accomplish this object —. And submissiveness to the crosses of life must be sustained by faith; but the burden, you know, may be greater than the faith, and if it is found to be so, whatever our strength may be in other circumstances, still you will find yourselves feeble then. From the consolations which faith imparts. Although self-surrender may go against our instincts, it is the path to true freedom and the source of liberation for our mind and will. 4. It has overcome more enemies than the whole host of conquerors. From the glory for which it prepares. Obedience, Lk. That they could not increase their own faith. We are not saved by love; but we are saved by grace, and we are saved by faith. Closely connected with this subject is the kindred one of keeping death and eternity continually in view.5. It is not yesterday's battle that will save me to-day; I must be going onwards.1. 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