Friday, February 21, 2014

Helping Others with My Faith

In review of Romans 1:12 it says, “I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.”

Bottom Line:
We may be encouraged by each other’s faith.

What this means to me:
When I get together with other believers, we both can be encouraged by each others faith. Their faith will help me, and my faith can help them. A key to getting around insecurities is to start believing what Jesus says about me instead of believing what other people say or have said. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:7, “If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him” (LB). Jesus wants me to believe in others the way he believes in me. Jesus always affirmed people around him. When he looked at people, he saw their potential and what God intended them to be. He brought out the best in people not by labeling them but rather by saying, “I believe you can do it. I know you can do it.” This is illustrated in the following verses. “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV).  “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23b). “Then Jesus told them, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more.” (Matthew 21:21 NLT). “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” (John 14:12). These are all possible because when Jesus Christ was physically on Earth, he could only be in one place at one time. Now, Jesus puts the Holy Spirit in me and anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior. Jesus believes I can do great works because I have the Holy Spirit in me. He believes in me! Jesus wants me to believe in others, too, and express to them the potential I see in them to do great things for God. “Help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.” (Romans 1:12 NCV). Today I will consider any insecurities that keep me from believing in myself the way Jesus believes in me. I will also consider ways I can express to others that I believe in them.