When I sense a need to increase my faith I read J.O. Sanders Effective Faith.
(His great little book is out of print. I did copy a few chapters of his book to have a reminder of the importance of exercising our faith.)
This is a new season. Exercising our faith is imperative. Below is an excerpt from his book.
Fear and faith are spiritual incompatibles.
So much so that one can survive only at the expense of the other.
When faith in God enters the list, fear is routed. The presence of fear is unmistakable evidence of the absence of faith.
Between them, there is no such thing as peaceful coexistence.
Fear is acutely infectious.
It was craven fear that inspired the ten spies to present their adverse report on the promised land. ‘We saw the giants’ … We were as grasshoppers, and the people wept that night.’
It was robust faith which enabled Caleb and Joshua to table the challenging minority report, “Let us go up at once and possess it … we are well able to overcome … the Lord will bring us into this land … neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us… the Lord is with us, fear them not.’
Their faith measured the opposing forces, not by their grasshopper strength, but by the omnipotence of their God.
Faith too is infectious.
It was in faith that Amram and Jochebed hid Moses for three months, ‘and they were not afraid of the kings’ commandment.’
Their supernatural faith overcame their natural fear.
The faith of his parents was communicated to Moses by precept and example.
Small wonder that it banished his fear.
‘By faith, Moses forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king.’ ( Hebrews 11″23, 27)
Moses, in-turn, endeavored to teach Israel the dominance of faith over fear.
Unfortunately, ‘The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. (Hebrews 4:2,1)
This is the only permissible fear.