Summary: Jesus says in Matthew 9:29 “Because of your faith, it will happen.” It is important for all of to learn how to really live by faith.
We are continuing in our theme of Moving Forward in Faith.
As usual I am going to start with a question:
What are you expecting God to do in your life?
The fact is, 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 usually accomplish what we expect we can accomplish.
But Jesus says in Matthew 9:29 “Because of your faith, it will happen.” (NLT)
or as the New King James translates it
“According to your faith let it be to you.” (NKJV)
So perhaps instead of asking What are you expecting God to do in your life?
maybe the question I should ask you this morning is What do you have faith that God will do in your life?
It is important for all of to learn how to really live by faith.
Would you like to have more faith?
Have you ever asked God for more faith?
Your not alone, even the apostles asked Jesus to show them how to increase their faith.
The truth is it is God builds our faith by testing it.
Faith is like a muscle and when it’s stretched and pulled it will develop.
James 1:3 reminds us “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
You can’t develop your faith just by sitting in church, singing a few songs and listening to someone preach for a few minutes on a Sunday.
Your faith develops as it is tested by the circumstances, situations, issues and problems of everyday life.
James 1:12 reminds us that “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.”
Do you feel like your faith is being tested?
If we are honest, we know it was tested last week and we know it will be tested this week too.
Any and every moment of the day our faith can be tested.
Our reactions to the circumstances, the situations, the issues - the problems of everyday life - that all of us face highlight where we really place our faith and our trust.
We can try to rely on our own strength and wisdom or by faith we can trust Father God.
Every day we have opportunities to build our faith. To walk by faith and not by sight.
To trust God in the detail.
The thing is, we want more faith, we want to grow, we want to move forward in faith
- but we want the easy route to it...
we want the faith - but we don’t want the trials, we don’t want the testing.
There are many ways that God can test our faith but I want us to consider only three of them this morning - all starting with the letter P.
The first is this: Our faith is tested by life’s problems.
Problems, pressures, difficulties, tough circumstances. The stresses of everyday life in a broken world.
In Psalm 25:16-18,21 King David prayed
“Turn to me and have mercy,
for I am alone and in deep distress.
17My problems go from bad to worse.