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)
This verse clearly states that God has given to every Christian “the” measure of faith and not “a” measure of faith. There are no different measures of faith. God doesn’t give one believer great faith and another believer less faith. When we were saved, we all received an equal amount of faith. The problem with many Christians is not that they lack faith. They haven’t allowed the Word to renew their minds to understand the faith that they have been given (Romans 12:2) or exercised the measure of faith that is theirs.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
—Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
Paul said that he lived his life by the faith of the Son of God. Since we all have been given the same measure of faith as Paul, then we all have the faith of the Son of God. His faith in us is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). When fear robs us of peace, it is not from a lack of faith. We experience the result of our minds not knowing and exercising the faith that is ours.
In Romans 12:3 Paul says that we have to “sober” up and be “clear-headed” about the measure of faith we have been given—not thinking more highly or lowly of ourselves than another Christian. God wants us to have a correct understanding of who we are in Christ. The faith we have is a gift that every believer has. Some experience greater benefit from their faith because they have allowed God’s truth to renew their minds, and they have exercised what they believe. They believe the promises God has given them in His Word, and they also realize it is only the grace of God that makes it possible for them to receive anything.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
—Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
We choose to allow the measure of faith that is ours to renew our thoughts and attitudes. If we don’t allow our minds to be renewed, we will not exercise the faith Christ has given us. Paul said he lived by the faith of the Son of God. Like Paul, we have the faith of the Son of God, but that faith won’t benefit our lives until we renew our minds with the Word.
Never believe that someone else has greater faith than you have. We all have the same measure of faith. It is possible to only use a small portion of the measure of faith God has given us or even use none of it. But His measure of faith is in us. It is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). We have to recognize and acknowledge what we have (Philemon 6), and then learn how to use it. When your mustard-sized measure of faith is planted in the fertile soil of your heart and nourished, nothing is impossible (Matthew 17:20).
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