Summary: How much do we really trust God?
It is a problem we all have, some have a greater problem with it than others.
Sometimes we have a greater problem with it in some areas than we do other areas.
When we come to face a promise of the Lord, we know what His will is, He says trust Me, and how we want to and sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t!
When we think about faith, lets think of it as a cable in which or prayers reach the Father, it is the channel which my petitions are sent back to me.
Mark 9:23-Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
You can not have a strong faith with a very small concept of God.
If you don’t understand the attributes of God, like His love, His forgiveness, His grace, His mercy, His faithfulness, you will have a hard time believing God on the level on which He desires that you believe Him.
There is a law of faith that says this: That faith must act in order to produce and grow.
Faith must always be in the process of action!
If someone says, “I have faith“, then turns right around and says, “I can’t do this, I can’t do that!” “God can’t do this or God can’t do that!” They have put their faith on a self!
Every single time in the new testament that someone is believing in the Lord, something is happening in return!
How easy it is to believe God’s going to do something in the future.
If I was to ask you, “Do you believe Jesus is coming again?” Many of you would say, “Yes!”
But if I say God is going to help you pay off that debt in three months, you just couldn’t believe that!
It is easy to believe God for something in the future, it is easy to believe Him for something in the past, but it’s the present day life in which we live that we have trouble trusting Him!!!
We have to learn to trust Him!
We are saved by faith, we live by faith, we walk by faith, our whole relationship is based upon faith anything that is accomplished and has any lasting value is by faith!
Someone asked C.S. Lewis, "Why do the righteous suffer?" "Why not?"
he replied. "They’re the only ones who can take it.
All of us would like to have great faith, but understand that faith is one of God’s stretches!
What does God do? He challenges us (Problems arise, situations arise, conflicts arise) and stretches our faith.
Then he comes along a few weeks or months later and He challenges or stretches our faith again.
I hate to tell you, but what He stretched you from last time it’s going to be worse next time!
The only way for Him to grow you up in faith is to keep on stretching you.
He wants us to keep believing Him for something bigger and better, something deeper and something wiser!
At the Nicene Council, an important church meeting in the 4th century A.D.,
of the 318 delegates attending, fewer than 12 had not lost an eye or lost a hand or did not limp on a leg lamed by torture for their Christian faith. Vance Havner
For those who want their life with everything in order and not trusting God for anything, you are missing the greatest thrill of a life, in which you are trusting God for something you can not figure out or do on your own!