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Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Everyone's faith wanes a little at some point in their life. Does that mean they are not a Christian? No - it simply means their faith is low! This is what happened to Peter in Matthew 14.

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Matthew 14:22-33 "And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God."

In the above scripture Peter was going to meet Jesus, walking on the water. At first, his eyes were on Jesus and he was doing just fine. But as soon as he took his eyes off the Master, he began to sink. Sometimes we misplace our faith. When we begin to put our faith in our own ability to stand, we are doomed to sink!

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Mark 9:14-17; 23-26 "And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him:"

Matthew 17:19-20 "Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

Then, sometimes we just lose faith in ourselves. We feel we are not good enough for God to answer our prayers or bless us. And if we stood alone when God looked at us, that would be a correct assumption, for our righteousness is as filthy rags in the sight of God. But if we have the blood of Jesus applied to our hearts, when God looks at us He sees His Son, not our past sins, not our righteousness, but the blood Christ shed for us on Calvary. We are saved by grace through faith and that faith is in the blood that was shed for the remission of our sins. Once we take our eyes off the blood and say, "I messed up today so I must not be saved any more," we have lost our faith just as Peter did when he looked down at the waves. That's when we begin to sink! Nothing you can do can save you from hell. There is no work great enough to get you through the pearly gates to heaven. The only thing that will take you there is having enough faith to accept Jesus Christ, the Son of God, into your life as your personal Lord and Savior and living your life for Him. And once you have done that you must continue on in the faith by continuing to learn as much as you can about what His will for your life is and by obeying the commands for Christianity He has set forth in as much light and understanding as you have. For although you cannot work your way into heaven, James 2:20 says, "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" So once we are saved by our faith our faith is kept alive by our works. We will want to work because we love God and want to please Him, not because we feel we have to work to be saved. We don't put our faith and our trust in the works but in Jesus who died for our sins. We don't put our faith in ourselves in human flesh but we must have faith in ourselves as a child of God. Just as the man in the scripture asked God to help his unbelief. Jesus had already told him that all things were possible if he could only believe and he wanted so desperately to believe that God could heal his son. Once God has completed a work in our lives, we have, by faith, accepted Jesus as our Savior and confessed Christianity, we are saved and continue to live our lives by that same faith until the day we die or until the day we renounce that faith.

Jesus told His disciples that if they had as much faith as a tiny mustard seed they could move a mountain yet they couldn't cast a devil out of a small boy. Notice that when they asked Jesus why they could not cast the unclean spirits out Jesus told them it was because of their unbelief. If the disciples' faith was weak, and they had Jesus with them and had even performed miracles before, it is understandable that our faith would become weak sometimes. So how do we keep our faith from becoming weak? Well, in verse 21 of Matthew 17 Jesus told His disciples, "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." So in verse 20 He told them they didn't have enough faith, then in verse 21 He told them for a task as big as this one they needed to pray and fast. Prayer, staying close to God, is the key to keeping your faith strong.

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Romans 3:22, 28 "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."

You really need to read all of Romans 3:19-31; there just isn't room to print all of it here. We are justified by faith alone. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." But we are justified by His grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Our faith is placed in the blood of Jesus. We are counted righteous because of our faith and belief in Jesus Christ. If you have not placed your faith in Jesus, now would be a good time! If you have already accepted Jesus as your Savior, be sure to keep your faith strong by prayer and by reading and studying the word of God. For we are reminded several times in the New Testament the words penned by Habakkuk, "the just shall live by his faith."

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