You never test the resources of God until you attempt the impossible.
F B Meyer
Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith.
C Hudson Taylor
God has totally changed my understanding of faith as I have grown and matured as a Christian. I grew up in church, and heard much about faith. I knew I was supposed to have it and that God was pleased with those who had faith, but I never had a close enough relationship with God to see Him at work firsthand in my life.
I didn’t realize that part of my growth process would be Him showing me His Character by placing impossible situations before me and then me learning to trust Him to work everything out according to His plan. (THAT IS MUCH EASIER SAID THAN DONE.)
If you never see a person’s true character, you will never be able to trust them when they tell you something unbelievable. God says that faith is what pleases Him, so we must learn to look at things from His perspective instead of our own frail and limited perspective.
You can be forgiven and accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, but never walk in God’s best for your life. You can be the recipient of His great mercy, blessings and protection, yet never enjoy the life of power and rest he intends for you.
Hebrews 3: 17-19 (in both King James and Amplified versions)
But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (KJV version)
And with whom was He irritated and provoked and grieved for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose dismembered bodies were strewn and left in the desert? And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who disobeyed [who had not listened to His word and who refused to be compliant or be persuaded]? So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest], because of their unwillingness to adhere to and trust in and rely on God [unbelief had shut them out]. (AMP version)
Israel was not able to enter into the Promised Land because of unbelief, not because of idolatry, fornication, or covetousness. Imagine their misery in living the next 38 years knowing that God would provide for them but they would never have peace. Also everyone who was 20 and upward would die in the wilderness and never get the chance to go in the Promised Land at all. (Numbers 14: 28-29)
God’s people were saved, forgiven and blessed, but God had shut them out from having His Best and they were well aware of it. They had nowhere to go in the wilderness and were doomed to a life of being troubled, restless, empty and miserable for the rest of their days.
Talk about a people with absolutely no hope for things to really get better – they were it!
Yet through all this God did not forsake them even though they deserved it. He continued to save them from Egyptian bondage, allowed them to continue their blood sacrifices, fed them manna every day, provided them water to drink, and made the pillar of fire at night and the cloud by day still visible. With all this, though, they still had nothing to look forward to but an early death in the wilderness if they were 20 or older.
The same is true for many Christians today. They spend all their days saved but miserable. They never know a life free from continual worry. They never enjoy the peace and joy that comes to those who trust in God to meet their needs.
We need to be careful of our words when facing difficulty.
It can be very dangerous to speak words of doubt to others. The 10 spies were able to persuade the whole nation of Israel not to enter the Promised Land when God had awesome plans to bless them beyond anything they had ever dreamed of.
God is not looking for “just human” responses. He is looking for faith responses. He wants his people to believe what he says and believe and claim it until it comes true. He doesn’t want us to live in fear of problems because he already knows what he is going to do to work them out. He wants us to know him well enough to know he can be trusted to carry out his word.
Our faith must be solely grounded in God’s word.
Hebrews 11: 6 & 10: 22
But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. (Hebrews 11:6 AMP)
Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:22 AMP)
Satan will do everything in his power to make you doubt that God can handle your problem. God wants you to trust Him to handle your crises instead of being shaken in your faith. In order to do that you have to know His character and know that He will do what He says He will do.
Scripture reveals the harm and ruin caused by unbelief.
Hebrews 3: 12
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
The verses before this talk about how the Israelites failed to trust God and what happened to them.
God expects us to read His Word and find out the truth; then He expects us to act upon that truth. Faith is what pleases Him and without faith it is impossible to please Him. God is not pleased with our unbelief under any circumstances because He knows that He has a plan of deliverance that will always work.
A strong faith in God will open the door for deliverance no matter how bleak your situation might look. Nothing is impossible for God, so whatever your problems (no matter how big) make the choice to give it to God and see how He will miraculously work on your behalf to handle them.
Trust, try, and prove Him to see the miraculous things He will do in your life.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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