Feeding Your Faith

Aug 18, 2021 | Dennis Heppner, Faith

Feeding Your Faith

Eskimos live in the far north of Russia and North America. Years ago in a remote Eskimo village, dogfights were the only diversion and sport. One old Eskimo owned two particularly strong and vicious dogs who fought each other every Saturday. One dog won one week and invariably the other dog won the next week. Interestingly enough, the owner of the dogs always bet on the winning dog.

When the dogs got old and were unable to fight, they were retired. At that point, someone asked the Eskimo how he always picked the winning dog. With a twinkle in his eye, the old Eskimo replied that each week he fed only one dog, and that week he would bet on the dog he fed. This sounds somewhat cruel, yet it illustrates a consistent principle of life. You may be one who is winning and losing week by week and there may be an explainable reason.



Feed your faith and your faith will grow. Feed your fears and your fears will grow. How can I feed my faith? Faith is fed by the Word of God. Reading, studying, hearing, and applying the Word will build your faith. Spend time with people of faith. Their influence is powerful. I should clarify. It’s not just being in the presence of the Word of God or of people of faith. You must intentionally receive into your heart and mind the word of faith. You must allow the Holy Spirit to make it alive to you.

On the other hand, how can I feed my fears? Give in to them. Talk about them. Remind yourself of them. Hang around with fearful people. Limit your life to them. Believe every bad word you hear and yes you can grow your fears. In fact, you can literally cripple your life by embracing fear.

Feed your faith and your faith will grow. Feed your fears and your fears will grow. How can I feed my faith? Faith is fed by the Word of God.

One more thought: don’t confuse faith and fear with your real-life situations. You may be in a very difficult situation. It may be dark. It may be uncertain. There may be reasons to fear. Actually, there are always reasons to fear. However, today and this time choose the promises of God. Choose to trust God. Choose to speak faith. When you do, the fear will always lose.

Maybe your life is illustrated by the two Eskimo dogs. Why not choose to feed your faith every week and win all the time? “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” (1John 5:4)

MEDITATE

What are you doing to feed your faith regularly? Is there anything you need to change to increase your faith? In the difficult situations of your life, are you certain that you are practicing faith?

STUDY

1 John 5:4 …for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Reading Plan: Numbers 2-8

PRAY

Heavenly Father, I choose to trust you all the days of my life. I choose to have faith and build my faith upon who you are, what you have done, what you are doing, and what you will do.

LIVE

Feed your faith every week! Read the Bible. Exercise your faith in difficult situations. Pray. Share Jesus to someone. Trust God in all that you do.

#Faith #Trust #FeedYourFaith

Dennis Heppner grew up in Canada and was called to ministry as a young boy. Dennis and his wife Denie, who was also called to missions as a child, pastored 4 churches in Canada, but in 1987 the door opened to come to the Philippines as missionaries. They brought their 4 eldest children with them and the kids grew up here. In 2006 they adopted Emma Rose, a special Filipino treasure and a gift from God to their family.

Dennis has been a missionary evangelist in Asia for 25 years. He was the director of LIFESCHOOLS of ministry and pastored 3 churches in the early years of his ministry based in the Philippines. He is currently the founder and President of Developing Effective Leaders (DEL), superintendent of Church of God West Asia, and the founding and lead Pastor of the vibrant, growing Church of God Makati.

Dennis and Denie and their whole family, including Josh and Melody who live in Canada, are committed to missions, leadership, and the call of Christ.

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