- Do you ever have doubts?
- Do you ever ask God for something and then wonder, even just a little, if He will do it?
- Do you ever wish you had the faith of those listed in Hebrews 11?
If I use someone’s name in a personal story, I will ask their permission to do so. I did not ask regarding the following, so I will just say, “Someone”.
Someone shared with Missy and I this past Sunday morning (May 4th) that they have been burdened by the Lord to, in their own words, “believe, really believe”.
This person was journaling one night, sorting through some thoughts, prayers, and feelings. As they were journaling, the Lord spoke to them. He laid John 4 on their heart. They read John 4 and it just so happens to end with the story of the nobleman whose son was sick. He asked Jesus to come down and heal his son because he was at the point of death.
Verse 50 says, “Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way”.
…the man believed the word Jesus had spoken…
And guess what happened? Yes, his son was healed.
The person above really wants to believe but admitted there is a little doubt roaming around in the back of their mind.
What if God doesn’t do what I’m asking?
What if God doesn’t do what I am speaking?
What if what I am telling people doesn’t happen?
If we are honest with one another, this doubt plagues all of us at one time or another. It’s okay. In fact, it is normal. The real problem is that here in America we tend to let these doubts linger and even stick with us as fact, rather than rebuke those thoughts of unbelief, in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. The main reason many of us here in America, particularly here in the Bible belt, have a hard time with doubt is because of our misconceptions regarding the Helper Jesus left us with. I would recommend this excellent book by Pastor Robert Morris, The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life.
If you are born again, you are dealing with two natures:
- the Adamic, old-man, carnal nature
- the born-again, new-man, spiritual nature
The old nature is full of…
- Ignorance (of God’s Word and Promises)
The question is: How do we overcome these fleshly shortcomings (crucify the flesh)?
Here, I want to share three things…
- What faith is
- How we develop faith, and
- A revelation my wife had recently regarding faith and overcoming
First of all, faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen. We have talked about this before and I encourage you to go back and read this post.
Secondly, we tend to talk about faith as though it is a thing we can conjure up ourselves. If we can just study enough, go to church enough, serve on enough church committees, maybe we can grow our faith!
Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Allow me to list some “faith growing” exercises…Pay particular attention to the last one…
- Hearing of the Word of God
- Exercising faith by getting out there and living it!
- Asking for it!
You see, faith is not something we can “conjure up”. If we could, then the glory, the credit, for what faith can do would go to us. Faith is actually one of the spiritual gifts of God.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11, But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Remember Ephesians 2:8-9? For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Read it carefully. “Faith” is the thing that is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not something we can conjure up, so that WE cannot boast.
Bottom line – Ask God for it!!!
Finally, let me share with you something my wife received of the Lord last week. As she was praying and meditating on the Word during her quiet time with Him one morning, this came to her from Revelation 12:11… And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…
She said the Lord impressed upon her the fact that we already have the Blood of the Lamb; the Blood of Jesus, THE Lamb of God. We need to plead that Blood over whatever is happening in our lives.
- Plead the Blood of Jesus over your family
- Plead the Blood of Jesus over your situation
- Plead the Blood of Jesus over your weaknesses
We need to realize, as children of God, we have access to the Blood of Jesus that allows us to overcome!
So, we already have the Blood of the Lamb. What about the Word of our testimony? Many people think our testimony is our salvation story; the story of how we came under conviction of sin, surrendered to the Lord, and was saved. Actually, that is only the beginning of our testimony.
Our testimony is what is happening in our lives NOW! Our testimony is what we can tell people (and the devil) is taking place in and around us now that brings glory, thanksgiving, and praise to God!!!
It is what we can SPEAK that is positive, uplifting, and powerful. It is also what we can speak that is the substance of things hoped for. It is what we can speak that is the evidence of things not even seen yet, that we are hoping for, or in other words, looking for, now.
Consider this: The Bible says God’s Word will not return to Him void, Isa.55:11.
What does that mean?
It means that His Word must be returned to Him.
- He has spoken it to us
- Now we must speak it back to Him.
What does this accomplish?
- Claiming it for yourself
- Proclaiming it to others
- Standing on it!
- Activating it!
And THAT puts the powers of Heaven into motion and you will see things start to happen!
Are you willing to step out on faith and ask God for MORE faith? Will you really trust Him or just talk about trusting Him?
I will have something soon that will help you. Stay tuned for my free e-book coming soon, 14 Days to a Transformed Life
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