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Christians are called to have a growing faith, built up by prayer and the encouragement of others, and also through testing.

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Examples of growing faith

2 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV 1900
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
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Weak faith

Weak faith rebuked

Matthew 6:28–30 KJV 1900
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
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Other examples of weak faith

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Strong faith

Strong faith commended and encouraged

Hebrews 10:22 KJV 1900
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
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The faith of OT leaders

Obadiah; Hezekiah

The faith of Christian leaders

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See also Stephen; Barnabas; Paul

Paul’s encouragements to Timothy:

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Other examples of strong faith

Habakkuk 3:17–18 KJV 1900
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, Neither shall fruit be in the vines; The labour of the olive shall fail, And the fields shall yield no meat; The flock shall be cut off from the fold, And there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
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The growth of faith

Praying for more faith

Luke 17:5 KJV 1900
5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
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The encouragement of others

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Faith strengthened through testing

Romans 4:18–21 KJV 1900
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
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