4:6-8). (Luke 17:1-6) Yesterday, I shared 3 simple points during the sermon about increasing our faith. It sinks in the hour of trial (Matthew 14:30); it shrinks from open avowal, and makes feeble fight in the hour of battle (John 3:1; John 7:50; John 19:38); it enters upon, but abandons, the goodly enterprise (Acts 13:13). 2:14-15; 4:16; Psa. All the defects and blemishes of Christian character may be traced to the want or the weakness of faith as their cause. Take care of your faith, my friends, for it is very often so weak that it demands all your attention.II. You know there is a difference between a moral agent and a necessary agent. No man can change his faculties, any more than he can change his bodily organization; and yet, his disposition may be changed! Meditate on the power, wisdom, and goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Notice HOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ANSWERED THE PRAYER FOR INCREASED FAITH. Faith increases our confidence in Jesus, so that we shall not suspect Him of setting us an impracticable task.2. 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. From the character it gives. 6. But the moment he gets out of the church, he thinks, "The idea of my being gentle! But it is easy for us to see traces of "increase of faith" in the lives of the apostles themselves. But the duty depending on us, on the part of religion, or, if you please, on the part of God, may be greater than the faith; and if it be, then, of course, feebleness will be felt on the part of the Christian who has to do the duty. And it is so with the Christian. Those duties which I call duties of faith may vary; and, in passing from one class of duties to another, the Christian may feel that his faith and his grace, which were adequate and sufficient for the duties of one state, are found not to be adequate or sufficient for the duties of another state. The power and goodness of its Author.2. Her father and mother — emigrants — died on landing. By the enlarging, by the education, by the inspiration of a man's nature, in this direction, the beginnings of victory are planted. )Only God can increase faithC. 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. You know there is a difference between a moral agent and a necessary agent. Luke 17:1-10. 4:17 (2:10-12) The privilege of justification may not be forfeited by the loss, we think, of many of its attendant and accompanying privileges and joys. Then, if the teaching, brethren, on which faith rests is imperfect, of course the faith itself must be feeble and imperfect. In directing their prayer to Christ, they virtually acknowledge His Divinity.5. 2:5. The experience of the saints.III. "Lord, increase our faith!" "Increase my faith" in its extent.2. 4. Do not think it to be so impossible that I must work a miracle for you before you can accomplish it." God has given to His people exceeding great and precious promises. (Theological Sketchbook. We conquer the world by faith (1 John 5:4). A spirit of rest is created by faith, which greatly aids the gentle spirit.5. Now, I say, the difficulty of maintaining a firm, unshaken trust in God, in the midst of this wreck, though necessary, is very difficult. But he who knows his own heart best, that man knows most how fitting the supplication is, everywhere, "Lord, increase my 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. From the consolations which faith imparts. This appears —1. They believe in love. Paul lays out an amazing list of Bible personalities in Hebrews 11 who demonstrated their faith in powerful ways. I believe I have only just begun to learn the A B C of the Scriptures yet, and will constantly cry to the Lord, "Increase my faith," that I may know more and believe more, and understand Thy Word far better. All the defects and blemishes of Christian character may be traced to the want or the weakness of faith as their cause. There are three reasons here why it is important to ask this petition. Yet so it is with Christian life. That simple prayer, three-word is recorded in Luke 17:5 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. Faith, as a principle, must have means of existence. That which God works in us must be desirable: as He is an infinitely good Being, His works must necessarily bear a resemblance to Himself.2. Vaughan, M. A.That "faith" is "a gift of God" — as much a "gift" as any other sovereign act of His power — I need not stay to prove. Dixon, D. D.)Increased faith the strength of peace principlesC. Love can make the feet move more swiftly, but faith is the foot which carries the soul. )Prayer for more faithTheological Sketchbook.A prayer adapted to every part of the Christian life.I. 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? The I want to show now THE INCREASE OF FAITH BEARS UPON OUR POWER TO FORGIVE OTHERS.1. 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. Their judgment approves it. C.  Knowledgeable It is a Divine gift, and its existence is attributed to the operation of God (Colossians 2:12). the moral requirements of being a Christian requires great faith, 2:12-13. Its importance in the hour of death renders it unspeakably desirable. In directing their prayer to Christ, they virtually acknowledge His Divinity.5. Its influences under dark and trying providences — Nothing but faith can sustain us under them (Psalm 97:2).3. 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. servant of Christ who is watchful and ready at His bidding; the I may not exercise the power I possess, or I may exercise it. gives us the tools we need to grow in faith. 17:6. They do not believe it is possible for them. Deny self, take up your cross and follow Jesus (Lk. I should not be a dependent creature at all, if I could believe naturally. 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." It is easy to see what the character must be, formed by the power of such a principle. 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. But the duty depending on us, on the part of religion, or, if you please, on the part of God, may be greater than the faith; and if it be, then, of course, feebleness will be felt on the part of the Christian who has to do the duty. Increase my faith and help me to believe a little more. 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. English Standard Version. Now I think this is often felt. Tell me not of the victories of Wellington; mention not the battles of Napoleon; tell me of what faith has done! WE NEED A STRONGER FAITH TO PREPARE US FOR THE UNKNOWN FUTURE. 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? increases as we rely on our Master and obediently serve him. But whencesoever their source of dissatisfaction, they agreed that they were in spiritual want. This sense of God's presence is that which is the beginning of faith in him. "Increase my faith" in its intensity. Carnal company, worldly cares, spiritual supineness, filthy and foolish conversation — all tend to sap the foundation of your faith, and destroy your dependence upon God.In conclusion, we address a word —1. 2. 3. In praying for more faith, they also acknowledged their own insufficiency to produce it (Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:13). THE REASONS WHICH RENDER THIS PRAYER SUITABLE TO ALL CHRISTIANS. I want to show now THE INCREASE OF FAITH BEARS UPON OUR POWER TO FORGIVE OTHERS.1. In the instances we have named, as well as in thousands of others, God's glory shone brighter than in the temple strain, or the worship of the synagogue.III. The patience which would preserve that youth, scarcely will preserve that man; the faith which would soothe and make his soul happy in favourable circumstances, will scarcely make him happy in the .midst of unfavourable. Has it occurred to you that trials and temptations are the best occasions to show Christ to the world? Apostles working miracles, Matt. To the eye of faith every event has a tendency and an aim.3. This, however, is not the case with religious principle: it may exist or it may not exist, just according to circumstances; and it may exist, unquestionably, in different degrees of vigour and power, in the very same person, under different circumstances and at different periods of life.1. God is the source of all truth, goodness and beauty. in your life. portant.5. Their judgment approves it. 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." 2. And it will be the expulsive power of new love in her soul that will have driven out all this vermin brood of passions. 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. Spurgeon. But as she lives from day to day, she does not get over all her bad tendencies. These are excellent qualities in their estimation. Here is the Christian youth, living in the bosom of his family, cheered on in his piety by the advice, counsels, and prayers of his parents, all zealous to make him happy, to make him secure, to make him useful, to make him honourable: and the Christian youth goes out into the world, to meet its buffetings, its toils, its anxieties, its frowns. 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. Only a faith which is a living and a growing power, like the mustard seed in the soil, will triumph over the difficulties to be met and mastered. We know, indeed, that everything which is of God has in it essential tendency, nay, an absolute necessity in itself to grow. There will be a change in our outward conformities to society; to institutions; to new duties. There may be an indisposition in our hearts to receive the truth. New International Version. 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. AN INCREASE OF FAITH WILL MAKE THE GOSPEL A GREATER POWER IN OUR LIFE. Men think it is mysterious; but it is not mysterious. When, therefore, a man enters into a Christian life, not only does he come into communion with God, but his nature is newly directed. Their "faith."1. MEANS SHOULD BE USED TO SECURE AN INCREASE OF FAITH. The excellency of Christ can only be communicated now to the soul by the exercise of faith.II. )LinksLuke 17:5 NIVLuke 17:5 NLTLuke 17:5 ESVLuke 17:5 NASBLuke 17:5 KJVLuke 17:5 Bible AppsLuke 17:5 ParallelLuke 17:5 Biblia ParalelaLuke 17:5 Chinese BibleLuke 17:5 French BibleLuke 17:5 German BibleLuke 17:5 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)The increase of faith is connected with the increase of usefulness. Study the character of its Author. A necessary agent will perform his actions necessarily. The ideal of truth presented to them seems beautiful and sweet. And if Christ were present and such men were under the influence of His teaching, they would turn to Him and say, "Lord, if this is true, it is true, and I must conform to it; but you must increase my faith. disciples asked Jesus to �increase our faith�, His answer blended the power 1. Preparation for the glory that shall hereafter be revealed must be begun in this world. And there he is, humbled, crushed, mortified. God always deals with us as intelligent beings.3. Another means of increasing faith is its repeated exercise, in retirement and meditation, as well as in the business of life. WE PRAY FOR AN INCREASE OF FAITH ALSO THAT ITS OBJECT MAY BECOME MORE REAL. Its influence on the deep mysteries of Divine truth, which faith only can receive and apply. LET US CONSIDER THE PRAYER ITSELF. To those whose faith has declined.3. Notice what this prayer confesses.1. (2) To the victories we gain over our enemies. The ancient worthies by faith "subdued kingdoms," etc. The progressive nature of religion.3. They hear religion preached; they believe the things that are said; and at times the truth glances through the exterior coating and strikes their moral sense. (Hebrews 11:33, 34). Withstand temptations, 1 Pet. M. 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. 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. )The victorious power of faithH. AN INCREASE OF FAITH IS POSSIBLE. Notice what this prayer confesses.1. : all other virtues and graces spring from it.3 not God 's presence is that which is only! 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