When something or someone loses their sense of purpose we could classify them as dead or almost dead. A vehicle that is parked for a long time because it might need parts may become worst as weathering would have taken effect and other parts might become rust. Likewise someone who is gifted or gain knowledge through training might start forgetting all they had learned or some of the things they had been doing before. We see in Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen” Faith is an active belief of receiving something that is not tangible. We can believe someone will do something for us because of the past experience and also the integrity of their words. ‘He is a man to his word’
We got our salvation by faith believing in Jesus Christ and His finish work on the cross. We have not seen Jesus Christ unlike the disciples who the Bible says in 1 John 1 “That which was from the beginning which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” but we believe in him. Jesus had prayed in St John 17: 20 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word (KJV). We practice this relationship with Christ as if he is physically beside us. We practice this hope through his word because we learn of others in the Bible and many in our generation.
While there are ways to increase our faith like the disciples asked Jesus, Lord increase our faith there are things that can become obstacles to our faith. John the Baptist the forerunner of Christ who was also filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb, seen the Holy Spirit like dove sat on Jesus when he was locked up in prison send some of his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he was the one or should we look for another. Unanswered prayers can cause our faith to diminish that is why the Bible encourages us to pray without ceasing and also states that ‘the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much’. Limitation in the knowledge of the word of God can limit our faith because the more we know the word of God the more we understand the mind of Christ, strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ and be able to pray according to the will of God. Two persons in a relationship normally write letters to each other. One of them constantly reads over the letters while the other doesn’t. The one who constantly read over the letters will always have a better understanding of the contents
Being in the wrong company can also limit one’s faith. Psalm 1:1 say “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the ways of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful”. Wrong company will become a tool of satan to corrupt our faith. They will speak doom and always see the negative. When we experience continuous problems and attacks we can gradually lose faith, if those who are around are not able encourage or guide us according to the word of God . 1 Peter 1:6-7 speaks of the manifold temptations and show us that the trial are much more precious than gold so that at the end it might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Therefore wrong company will throw us off course in the time of trials when God is using certain situations to shape our lives.
For something to become alive again there must be means of restoration. A key word in Hebrews 11:1 is the word hope. In Job 14:7-9 “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down that it will sprout again and the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth and the stock thereof die in the ground. Yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth boughs like a plant”. We see that at the scent of water the plant life rekindles, so for us as children of God, a word of hope from the word God of will cause our diminished faith to come alive again. It is stated in Proverbs 15:23 “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth and a word spoken in due season how good is it”. Isaiah must have experienced some form of encouragement during his life time and also saw what right words can do. He said in Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary….” When someone is going through trials and they hear someone’s similar testimony of victory it will encourage that person to continue as he or she too can also have victory.
Signs and wonders can cause one’s faith to come alive. The disciples, some of who had lost hope and became fearful went in obedience to Jesus’ command to tarry in Jerusalem. In Acts 2 When the day of Pentecost was fully come they had experienced signs and wonders when the Holy Ghost baptism came. This experience not only gave them hope, their faith was increased and they had power from God to do exploits. The Bible says in Daniel 11;32 “The people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits”.
Faith coming alive again gives strength, courage, hope, inspiration, spiritual gifts, new and right associations, renewed health, creative ideas, open door to answered prayers, peace and joy. Remember without faith it is impossible to please God,’ therefore our relationship with him is based on our faith. Whatever has been set to hinder or derail our faith may there be swift recovery so we can enjoy a happy life.