Add to your faith …

Many times as we share our walk of faith with others, we hear the same grace, law, and ‘working for our salvation‘ argument.   None of us are saved by works;  our justification is through FAITH (Eph. 2:8).    According to 2 Peter and Hebrews 11, we are to add to our faith – knowledge while we earnestly seek His ways in our lives.  

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1:3-7)

To walk in the ways of YHVH and to obey His commands is not a removal or denial of faith in Yeshua from our lives.  In reality, it is adding to our faith in Him because we desire to please Him with our lives.  Faith in God should be the foundation for everything we think, do, or say.  “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone that comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Second Peter 1:5  states, “For this very reason, adding your diligence …, employ every effort in exercising your faith…” (Amplified).  Employing every effort in exercising your faith is not a sit-back-and-relax kind of faith.  It is a faith that is being worked out in our everyday lives to obtain the precious promises of our Father from adoption into a family to marriage to a Bridegroom to inheritance in an eternal Kingdom.   This kind of faith growth takes diligent exercise.   To be ‘diligent’ means to apply oneself with dedication, being conscientious, having tenacity and perseverance.

The results of exercising our faith develops our virtue or goodness, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love.  Faith, like all of the other aspects that grow from it,  are fruits of the Spirit with the addition of knowledge.  Knowledge of YHVH, His Word, His ways, His commands, His salvation in Yeshua, are all-encompassing and teach us about His divine nature through our faith.

Again from the Amplified Bible,  “Exercising your faith to develop virtue …, and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge…,  and in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness…, and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness…, and in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] love.”  

Having Biblical knowledge of God teaches us about His divine power, His Holy Spirit,  and gives us everything we need for life and godliness and to live out His calling in our lives.  Earnestly seeking to add knowledge to our faith in Yeshua is growing into spiritual maturity that will culminate in brotherly love.  Knowledge of God’s Word allows us to escape from the moral decay that is in the world.  Knowledge of God’s ways keeps us from the corruption of lust and greed and promises us a share in His divine nature.

Adding knowledge to our faith is an exercise that takes effort, diligence and persistane, but it brings reward.   Adding to our  faith should never bring fears about ‘legalism’ and  ‘works of salvation’  because adding never suggests losing. This fear of loss of faith in the Messiah is a scheme of the enemy to keep us complacent and ineffective in our walk of faith because the he knows “Faith, if not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17).  And, the enemy likes ‘walking dead people’ who claim to have faith.  They are impotent for the Kingdom of God.   We must persist in adding knowledge to our faith in order to be an example of faith for others and put an end to the enemy’s schemes by saying,  “I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18).

Faith is what makes us Abraham’s children.  As Abraham’s children of faith, it should be our heart’s desire to grow in that faith and become an example for everyone who does not know salvation in Yeshua.  By adding knowledge to our faith,  we receive “valuable and superlatively great promises and those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith” (2 Peter 1:5, Galatians 3:9).  Add to your faith.

©2012 Tent Stake Ministries

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