Today ask any Christian if they are saved and the first words are, yes I have placed MY FAITH in my Lord Jesus Christ. If you ask how they know the answer will almost always be that the love they feel, feeling they get from serving Him is what makes them know for sometimes that feeling burns like a fire in them and sometimes it makes them drunk with Joy. If you then ask them how they received it they might even say it was given to them the day they gave their hearts to Jesus!
Well the Bible says that it is not a feeling; it is not something you can give to Jesus as it comes from God and is given to you. The Bible more says you have to earn faith by making a choice and being obedient, please don’t swallow your tongue as next I will give you God’s truth from Hid infallible word. First you must give your ear and listen and then you must hear the word, so listen and accept.
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
This does not mean you have to sit back in a church pew and be fed by some person whom you blindly follow and never question, the Bible tells you exactly what God demands from you to have the faith He tells you about and that is to study the word of god so you may show yourself approved unto God and that you will be a WORKMAN that will not be ashamed that that you will be able to tell the truth when you hear it or not.
2Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Now with your developing faith you will not take all doctrine and preaching as the truth but you will test the spirit and then you will divide the truth for with the faith that God gave to you, you now know that Jesus is the only way to the Father and your salvation, you also know, understand and accept that your obedience to the word of God and His will is what is required. Jesus will then give you the Comforter when in your obedience you are baptized with water, and the holy Ghost will be your guide.
1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
You have to do this as a WORKMAN and not the preacher, test the preacher and when you find him wanting you will approach him in love, when he rejects the truth then reject him and turn only to God. Test all and study the Bible and you will receive faith, with this faith you will love Christ Jesus and the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice and not the cross but the sacrifice upon it is what washes us clean and makes us acceptable to God. Not some fancy preachers teaching love, warmth, feelings and doing it yourself for it is a gift of God, lest man boast!
2Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Tim 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.