Posted by: hugapoohlouise | January 15, 2011

Faith, continued

Since the Lord has been opening my eyes during a 21 day fast, it seems that faith is the topic that I am lacking in.  Please see my previous post related to faith.

We all have faith in something.  Now don’t doubt.  That is lack of faith.  You have faith each time you turn the key in your automobile that it will crank.  You have faith every pay-day that your pay check will arrive and not bounce.  You have faith that you’ll wake up tomorrow.  So see you have faith, but not in the things the Lord intended when He dealt you the measure of faith we spoke about in Rom. 12:3  KJV “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”

We’ve already established that this measure of faith, was enough to save you.  To be born again.  It was enough to begin the journey.  But, God intends for your faith to increase.  We looked previously at the parable of the talents and compared how God wants us to be faithful servants with what has been dealt to us.  To use our faith as a cast net, believing, using our faith so it will grow.

Have you ever seen one of those Bible promise books?  Do you own one?  Have you purchased one for someone?  Each one is a compilation of the all the promises listed in God’s Word.  In most of these books you can do a search by topic for a certain promise.  Most of them are pocket-sized so you can carry it with you.  I have found this little book to be a big help in my own life.  Whenever I am faced with a trials or tribulation or a dark hour I can find a promise in God’s Word that relates to just what I need, when I need it.  I can use the Bible promise book to find what God says about what I am facing.  It has served as a life-preserver more than once in my life.

But… Why is there always a but? Psalms 106:24 NLT “The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.”  The promises of God require faith.  So you could have 20 of the Bible Promise books mentioned above, but without faith these promises will still be lacking.  We can read about promises everyday of our life, but until we actually have the faith to believe the promise it does us no good.  Oh, sure it is uplifting and encouraging.  If you are still operating on the measure of faith given to you when you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, what do the promises listed in God’s Word mean to you?  Not much more than the paper they are written on.  Do they out shine the promises of the world? Of riches, possessions and instant gratification?  Probably not.

Now if you are like the servant who took the 5 talents and multiplied them into 10 talents your faith has increased and is no longer just a measure.  What do the promises listed in God’s Word look like to you?  Do they look like gold, silver?  Do they out shine the world and it’s promises?  Yes, they do.  With faith the promises begin to contain the hope that will sustain us.  We come to realize that promises are only as good as the one doing the promising.  In our case this is the Lord.  God, the one who gave His only begotten Son to die in our place.  God tells us in His Word in 1 Cornithians 1:9 KJV “God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  So you can see what God says in His Word He will always do what He says. 

So let me ask you,are the promises listed in the Bible something God said?  Yes.  So if God said it He will do it.  All it takes is faith. 

Let me insert another but here.  If we take the promises in God’s Word and treat them as a blank checks signed by God and use our faith to see them through to fulfillment, what happens?  Our faith increases.  We started out with a measure, and it multiplied and then as we stand on the promises it multiplied again. 

I challenge you to try this.  I don’t think the Lord will be upset if you put Him to the test on this.  Find a promise of God listed in His Word or one of those promise books and stand on it.  Imagine it, believe it, speak it, pray it, share it with others.  What happened?

We are well on our way to faith that moves mountains into the sea.

Until next time.

M

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