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Christians and other religious people are often called “people of
faith,” but do you ever wonder if your own faith needs a little
kickstart? We read in the gospels when Christ tells his disciples that
if they have faith like a grain of mustard seed, they could move
mountains. If that’s the case, our own faith feels like it’s in the size
category of a subatomic particle. Is there a way to strengthen our
faith?

What Is Faith?
The concept of faith is on virtually every page of our Bible,
especially the New Testament. What is faith, though? Do we really
understand it? Although faith has several definitions, we can define
it as the heart’s conviction of truth, and mental affirmation of that
truth. Faith plays a key role in our salvation as well as our daily life
as believers. It is so important, that the Bible uses the single word
“faith” to describe the entire Christian religion. We use the same
term  today to describe an entire systems of belief, such as the
“Christian faith.” Faith, however, is something that starts on a
personal level.

Understanding what faith is, requires acknowledging that it can
grow. This was Jesus’ assumption when he commented on issues of
faith (Matthew 6:40; 9:29; 21:21; Luke 17:5). If faith can grow, then,
how does it happen?

Jesus tells us the secret of increasing our faith in His
Word!
Thankfully, Jesus’ disciples had the same question. One day, they
asked — demanded is more like it — “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:
5) We would expect some lesson on belief or trust, but Jesus’ reply
seems a bit evasive at first. He told them, “If you had faith like a
grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be
uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’”

Well that doesn’t seem very helpful. Why is Jesus talking about
mustard seeds and mulberry trees? True to form, Jesus places truth
in the accessible imagery of horticulture, things that were familiar to
his agrarian audience. Most of us aren’t farmers, but the concepts
are still completely understandable if we take a moment to settle in
and understand.

Jesus told them that if they had faith like a mustard seed — that is,
just a small amount of faith — they could do seemingly impossible
things. The point here is not the size of the faith, however.
Obviously, it is ludicrous to think that we could quantify faith by
some physical size comparison. Faith is not a physical entity. Faith
is, of course, spiritual reality, but not something we can actually see.

What’s going with Jesus’ words? He is saying simply that the amount
of faith is not the issue. The presence of faith in one’s heart is the
most important thing. In other words, the pursuit of “more faith” or
“stronger faith” is to miss the point of faith itself. Your faith is strong
already simply because it is faith. What, after all, is the object of
faith? It is God. Faith does not exist in a personal metaphysical
vacuum. Faith centers upon a being — God. And God’s power is
limitless. His strength is incalculable. That’s the strength of faith —
God himself.

Your faith is already strong.
You can have the assurance that your faith is already strong
because of its object (God). Of course, now you must exercise it.
Take your example from the disciples themselves. One of the
themes of the gospels is the faltering faith of the disciples. Whether
Jesus is preparing to create a buffet for 5,000+ hungry people, or
walking on the water across a stormy sea, the disciples struggled
with faith. Over time, their faith was strengthened as they saw Jesus
work, listened to Jesus speak, and practiced their own faith.

The same things are true for us today. None of us has watched
Jesus heal a leper, or raise a man from the dead, but we can watch
God work in our homes, our churches, and our communities. We
aren’t sitting on a breezy Galilean hillside listening to the actual
voice of Jesus speaking to us, but we have the living and powerful
word of God which we can read and study. We, like the disciples,
can talk to Jesus, even if the setting is a little bit different than it was
for them. Finally, we can live out the reality of our faith (James 2:14)
in our daily lives.
Strengthened faith comes by acknowledging the limitless strength of
God, the object of our faith. That faith is then exercised as we read
the Bible, speak with God, watch him work, and live our lives
confidently in his presence.

(Thanks to Share Faith for this article - www.sharefaith.com
                                                                   
I Bind unto myself this day, by power of faith, Jesus
Christ of Nazareth's incarnation, His Baptism in the River
Jordan, His death on the Cross of Calvary for my
salvation and the salvation of all mankind.

His resurrection, defeating the power of death,
destroying the works of the devil and reconciling man to
God.  His holding of the keys to death and Hades.  I
believe He has all power and authority in heaven and on
earth and I stand now in that delegated authority as an
ambassador of Christ Jesus.

By power of faith I bind myself to the fullness of the Holy
Trinity, God the Father, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the
Son and the Holy Spirit.
I cover myself, my family and friends and all who know
me under the protection of the Blood of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth. I have on the full armour of God

By power of faith in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
I loose my mind from every lie of the devil and loose my
mind from all satanic influences. I take control of my
mind and bind my mind to the will of God through the
Lord Jesus Christ.

I bind my mind to the truth in Christ Jesus. I bind myself
to the wisdom of Christ,
the joy of Christ, the discernment of Christ, the riches of
Christ, the peace of Christ, the love of Christ, the
freedom of Christ, the anointing of Christ, and the
healing of Christ. By His stripes I am healed,  by His
blood I am free

Christ be with me, Christ within me. Christ behind me,
Christ before me. Christ beside me, Christ to win me.
Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me and
above me. Christ in quiet, Christ in danger. Christ in
hearts of all that love me. Christ in mouth of friend and
stranger.

By power of faith I break all curses over me and my
loved ones In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  I
have power and authority in the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth, therefore the devil and his angels are subject
to me. I have power to trample on snakes, scorpions and
over all the power of the enemy and nothing can hurt
me.  

I choose to exercise the power in the word and I
command every demon, every spirit and agent of Satan
to flee from me now in the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth. I choose to set myself and this place free now
in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

I give thanks now to the Lord Jesus Christ for answering
my prayers and I sing praises to His Great and Glorious
Name, singing high praises to God in my mouth with a
two edged sword in my hand.

Surround me with your love and presence almighty God
as I proclaim and decree the victory of Calvary in the
beautiful name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,  Amen
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