I heard, ”Akhil your faith is being tested, but not just yours, other followers are being tested daily too. Write to them and help them understand Me. They need to hear these words…”
Not the answer I was looking for from God. Nonetheless, I got up and started writing. When I was done I was amazed at the words on the computer screen. I had written 20 pages of text!! I will be breaking this message into several bite sized Blogs.
I hope you stick with me and I hope you will think of people in a “faith crisis” that would benefit from a whisper of encouragement! Share this with them.
Here we go…
Matthew 9:29 says: "According to your faith it will be done unto you."
This is the law that God has established. It’s called the Law of Expectation.
We tend to get what we expect out of life. We tend to see what we expect to see. We tend to hear what we expect to hear. We tend to feel the way we expect to feel. We inevitably accomplish what we expect to accomplish. This is the law of faith. God says you get to choose: "According to your faith it will be done unto you."
Let’s look at Hebrews 11:6 "Without faith it is impossible to please God."
Any parents reading this? Are you pleased when your children trust you? God is the same way. God is our heavenly Father and God is pleased when we trust Him. That’s why the Bible says in Yoda-speak, “Impossible it is to please God without faith!”
You can obey God, do the right thing and still not please God because you’re not doing it in faith. So it’s important to learn how to live expectantly as you learn to live by faith.
An apostle said to Jesus (Luke 17:5), "Lord increase our faith." If faith is what makes life rewarding and pleasing God, how does God build faith?
Here’s the secret God whispered to me. It was not something that excited me and you will agree with me that this is a sucky response:
God builds our faith by testing it.
By putting it to the test, by trying it, by pushing it, faith builds.
Equate faith to a muscle. When stretched and pulled it develops.
You don’t develop your muscles by letting them rest, actually your muscles atrophy when not stressed. In the same way, faith just resting on blessed assurance withers!
James 1:3 "The testing of your faith develops perseverance so that you may be mature and complete."
Job says the same thing speaking from experience in Job 7:17-18 "What is man that You make so much of him and that You give him so much attention and that You examine him every morning and test him every moment."
Notice: "test him." Did you realize that God is testing us every moment of our life?
So if God wants me to live by faith and if God builds my faith by testing it then the natural question is how does God do it?
Would you like to know?
Well that is for my next Blog