3 Facts About Your ‘Measure of Faith’
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” –Romans 12:3, KJV
According to Romans 12:3, God has given every believer “the measure of faith” (KJV). That phrase, “the measure of faith,” tells us something powerful about faith and the Christian walk and how it applies to you. If you want your faith to grow, if you desire to trust the Word of God implicitly, knowing that because of it you can trust God to handle whatever difficulties arise —whether illness, financial distress, unemployment or whatever else comes your way—then there’s good news. As a born-again believer, you have the ability to make that desire a reality. Let’s explore “the measure of faith” that you have been given.
Faith Is for Christians
It’s important to understand that Romans 12:3 (and the rest of the book of Romans) wasn’t written to unbelievers. It was speaking to Christians, people who had accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Therefore, when it talks about “the measure of faith,” it’s not saying that faith is available to everyone in the world, but rather that it’s available to believers.
Second Thessalonians 3:2, KJV, supports this statement when it says, “And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.” The “unreasonable and wicked men” spoken about in this verse refers to unbelievers. They are the ones who don’t have faith.
So, if you’re wondering why your unsaved grandmother, brother or neighbour can’t understand your spiritual walk or is unable to stand in faith with you for healing, deliverance, provision, restitution, etc., understand it’s because they haven’t yet received “the measure of faith.” Salvation is required for that measure to be present. You, on the other hand, have already received it because Jesus is your Lord and Saviour. You are a new creation in Christ; therefore, you have faith (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You Have the Same Faith as Jesus
There are not different kinds of faith depending on who you are or the role you play in the Body of Christ. You may look at someone who seems to have strong, world-changing faith and think, “Gee, I’ll never be like that person. That person is so confident and secure in his spiritual walk. That’s not me.”
“The measure of faith” is the same for every believer, and it is the same faith that Jesus possessed. Different believers may have developed and strengthened their faith over time and by the Word, but their faith is no different than yours. You have that same capability.
Only You Can Build Your Faith
“The measure of faith” that is developed and strengthened in you comes from one place—the Word of God. Romans 10:17 tells us, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (KJV).
If you want to be a person who is confident and secure in your spiritual walk, someone who has strong, world-changing faith, then you must spend time reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word. It’s the only way to achieve the strength of faith you desire.
In addition to studying the Word for yourself, you can also listen to more mature believers teach you about faith and the Word by listening to podcasts and watching broadcasts like the Believer’s Voice of Victory. You can also attend retreats through your church or other meetings like the Southwest Believers’ Convention. These are important tools for immersing yourself in the Word and learning how to interpret and apply the Word correctly. In time, your faith will begin to strengthen. You’ll stir up “the measure of faith” that you have received. You won’t have received or achieved more faith, you’ll simply develop the faith you were given at salvation.
Don’t let anyone—fellow believers, the enemy or even your own mind—convince you that you have weak or nonexistent faith. That’s a lie that, if you believe it, will keep you a weak, ineffective Christian. If you have become a new creation in Christ Jesus, then you have “the measure of faith.” Like Jesus, your faith has the ability to move mountains. It simply needs to be exercised. Right now, make the quality decision to read and study the Word. Learn to apply it by watching Spirit-led ministers like Brother Copeland and Gloria Copeland on the Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcast. Attend the Southwest Believers’ Convention or one of this year’s Victory Campaigns. As you begin putting what you’ve learnt into practice, your faith will become stirred up. You’ll be amazed at just what the Lord can lead you to do with “the measure of faith” He has already given you!