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Into Faith

When we struggle with doubts, we as Christians should crave Scripture as God’s stabilizing force in life. We establish our faith in Christ when we develop a real hunger and thirst for the Words of God and they begin to bubble up within our minds to refute doubt.

At Jesus’ temptation experience He made the most clear identification of a truly sincere follower of God when He said,

“man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4).

All too often when we try to tackle our doubts, we want something tangible that we can see and taste or something emotional that we can feel. We would rather have Jesus just put His arm around us and tell us how everything will be all right. That might make us feel better, but I’m under the opinion that Satan loves that routine, because it makes us trust more in our “feelings” than in God.

Some things are not right and we must avoid deception that causes us to sow to the flesh and reap a harvest of corruption (Gal 6:7-9). Our spiritual discernment grows when we realize that being equipped to overcome doubt isn’t just about feeling better; it’s about getting back “into faith”!

Remember that Christian faith or the “God kind” of faith, only comes from the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

There are at least two times recorded in the Bible when Jesus marveled at real faith. Once He marveled at a woman’s faith to receive healing for her issue of blood (Mk 5:34). In this story we notice that she took the initiative, because she heard about Him. She was coming to Jesus with an expectation of His authority being more powerful than her sickness. That was what she heard inside of her heart and mind that registered as a hope or expectation. She had endured 12 years of doctor visits which left her poor and in worse shape and she was not going to let this opportunity pass her by. She touches His garment “in faith” and is made well at that very moment, because she pulled upon His authority by believing rather than listening to doubts, fears, reasoning or feelings. Hope had put her into faith… it was Jesus Himself who acknowledged that her faith had made her well.

In another story Jesus marveled at a Gentile soldier’s great faith. A faith that Jesus called “great” because the centurion said,

“…speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority” (Matt. 8:8-9).

The centurion had a faith that was in Jesus’ Word alone. Because he understood “authority” (the power to enforce a word or command)- he understood faith (those actions that follow trust). It was expectation and his ability to recognize authority that gave him great faith. He didn’t need to have Jesus come to his house and wave His hand over the sick servant… he was not looking for drama or some big intellectual explanation. He was only after the results, because of a concern for his servant. If Jesus would just give him a word… it was all he needed.

Recognizing this authority places us into faith, because it engages our hope in God’s good will, purpose and plan for our lives. God’s Word is powerful and effective to crush doubt and move our hearts into faith (Heb 4:12).

When God Says “Go!”

What do you say when God says, “No!”?

The selfish person looks at the situation and figures out how they can still get it done. The cautious person sees it as an excuse to do nothing. The controlling person manipulates others to do what they have been given no approval for. The critical person finds fault with God’s logic and complains the whole time. The negative person promotes a bad attitude and discourages others from even considering the risk. The pleasure-seeking person will only be interested if they get something out of it. They all get what they want, but at what cost… and will it satisfy?

The Deception of Getting What We Want:

In the end what we sow will produce it’s fruit, it’s reward and it’s harvest. The Bible says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Gal. 6:7-8). 

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Therefore Go…” (Mt. 28:18-19)

When everything is aligned according to the will of God, Jesus says,”GO!”.
That’s when miracles happen, a hopeless alcoholic is set free, a doubter begins to see the error of their ways and a broken dream suddenly becomes a reality. It’s when prayers get answered… and it happens more than you think!

When Jesus said, “GO!”… it was because of authority.

When Jesus says, “Go!” it is because of knowledge and awareness of all that pertains to every sphere of reality. We see through a glass darkly, but His view is eternal and complete. The warning is clear… don’t be deceived into thinking you can mock God or go around the authority of Jesus. You might get what you want, but it will be a harvest of corruption and it may even lead others into darkness. 

Remember these 4 Principles of Prayer:
1. God’s answers require patience.
2. God’s timing is perfect.
3. God’s heart is moved by faith, not need alone.
4. God’s delays are not God’s denials.

Sometimes God says, “No!”. Sometimes He says, “Grow!”  But there are other times… When God says; “Go!”

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