Heb. 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please God."
Luke 8:18 "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given: and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have."
Deut. 3:20 "I will hide My Face from them for they are children in whom is no faith."
Matt. 12:20 "if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can move mountains."
My sole purpose in writing this article is to show that even if you have faith in the power of Almighty God; and even though you might have a strong faith that you have salvation because Jesus is your Savior: you can loose your faith if you do not use it. The second verse of our text shows this. The apostle Luke saw it, can we see it and believe it? I have researched over 40 scriptures describing faith in the various ways your Bible mentions it. But it all comes out about the same way. It shows it is impossible to please God unless we use the faith God has given us. Now, that imposes another question. Do we believe God has given each of us faith in the same amount at the beginning of life? Read Romans 12:3 "I say through the faith 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 has delt to every man (the) measure of faith. I emphasized the word the, and it should be underlined in every Bible because it implies that God gives every man a designated and equal amount of faith. But it is notable to see as we progress through this earthly life that some have more faith than others, but we should know why this is seen. Some exercise, study, and use their faith which automatically causes their faith to grow, while others add nothing to their faith by not using it and as a result, loose it.
According to the above, if we agree faith is necessary to please God we should periodically try to examine our faith to determine if there is progress and attempt to nourish and exercise it to make sure it is growing enough to please Him and be sure we will not loose it, as Luke warned. Most may not like examinations, but a self examination concerning faith could prove to be very beneficial.
The vast majority may have never seen a tiny mustard seed as Matthew mentioned in our text. My mother obtained a lot of them and had good luck to make them germinate and grow. She gave them to a lot of people in her lifetime, and I have seen them grow into trees that were at least 8 inches in diameter and grew higher than our house. You will find that interesting to read about it in your Bible. I only mention it here to say it is truly one of the smallest of seeds and Matthew mentioned it to show faith always comes in mighty small quantities. Can you move a mountain? According to the Bible you could if you even had a faith as big as that tiny mustard seed. Think about that. No body has enough faith. We may feel we have a big faith, but James 2:20 reads, "But I wilt thou know O vain man, that faith without works is dead." Our works will show if our faith is alive or if it is dead.
In summation, during all the trouble in our sinful world today; how much faith is being used to try to please God? Without faith He will not be pleased and we will experience disaster. How often do you even hear the name of God mentioned by our political leaders? Do you think that can please HIM? I have a great fear that Spiritual and Godly faith is shrinking. Think seriously about that.