I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!… Isaiah 65:24
We can rejoice that God is Omnipotent, and His power has no limits. By God’s Word, we know this to be true. “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27
Although we may possess rock-solid faith in God, many believers are feeling desperate because of their circumstances. I am aware of this growing issue because I blog on several Christian sites and read the heart-wrenching pleas for help. Many are asking, “I am trying so hard. How can I have faith in God? or “How can I get off of the roller-coaster ride of anxiety and worries?” Spiritual maturity comes with the responsibility of helping others learn who God is and identifying the stumbling blocks that prevent the peace and joy that comes from having a personal relationship with God.
Our perception of God either propels us forward to believe and live a faith-based life, or we live a life full of fear and uncertainty based on our abilities. Fear and doubt escalate when we become fixated on the challenges. And that fixation paves the way for a more significant problem; fear cancels out faith. Without faith, we lose sight of who God is, and we become players in the Game of Chance. The mindset of “whatever happens, happens, this is impossible” causes us to take risks to find solutions.
Let’s take a look at doing things God’s way.
Consider a golf ball, tennis ball, and basketball. Which ball would you select to represent God? Which ball would you choose to represent your faith in God? Because we know that God is our Creator, we may view Him as the basketball. If our Faith in God only measures the size of the golf or tennis balls then we have identified the reason for our emotional ups and downs. God requires that our faith and trust in Him are also the size of the basketball.
First, let’s define Faith: Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1. Remember asking for a toy, gaming console, cell-phone, or computer, and you were told not now, but maybe on your birthday or Christmas if you met certain conditions. You wholeheartedly completed all of the assigned tasks because if you did your part, you believed and trusted your parents 100% to keep their promise.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6. God is saying that we must possess that same child-like faith (belief) and trust that He always keeps His promises. Let’s use another example: When we accept a job, we take for granted that the employer will fulfill all of their contractual commitments, including paying the agreed-upon salary. We have complete faith and trust that we will receive a paycheck weekly, biweekly, or monthly.
For those who think that an employer has a legal responsibility to pay their employees, I will share this story: I worked for a healthcare facility with financial problems, and it was rumored they did not have the money for payroll. We laughed as we verbalized our confidence that not getting paid would never happen. On the Thursday before payday Friday, we were notified that a mandatory staff meeting was held at 9 am on Friday. I can still remember the butterflies in my stomach. Times were rough. Were the rumors true?
On that Friday, all of the Administrative staff was present, and as we received our checks (this was before direct deposit), we smiled as we breathed a sigh of relief. The announcement was then made, “Unfortunately, the checks that we have given you cannot be cashed. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to meet payroll. However, we have applied for a bank loan which should be disbursed in a few days.” We waited until the following Friday before our checks could be cashed. The facility was being investigated for fraudulent billing practices, and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement was being withheld until the completion of the investigation. Regardless of that incident, I never lost faith and trust in the employer that they would pay me as agreed on future jobs.
Let’s identify a few of the thoughts and actions that block our faith and trust in the power of God.
- Holding onto negative past experiences.
- Using previous techniques to resolve the present issue.
- Seeking advice from multiple friends.
- Attempting to help God by using our strategies.
- Impatience within hours or days of asking for God’s Divine intervention.
- Half-hearted faith (belief) in the power and promises of God.
Self-reliance is a sour fruit from the tree of pride. We must make the life-changing decision to trust in God, or we will continue to use our limited abilities. The requirements for having an in-depth knowledge of who God is to possess the characteristics of love, faith, trust, obedience, and patience. Only then will our anxieties and worries be replaced by God’s soothing peace and wonderful joy, which are not affected by our challenges.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6
God has given each of us a seed of faith. God is already aware that your circumstances are distressing and that you are feeling hopeless. He knows that you need His help.
Pray, Believe, Trust, and Wait.
Yes, the problem is impossible for you to solve. Even so, the next step is crucial! Now is not the time to panic. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! John 14:14. Please know that God has heard your plea for help. We do not have to beg God or perform acts of contrition. Pray for His intervention and Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27:14.
While we wait, we should develop the habits for living a faith-based lifestyle. Maintain a spirit of calmness by studying the Bible, praying prayers of thanksgiving, and singing songs that glorify God through joyful praise and worship. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10. God deserves our worship. He freely extends His love, grace, and mercies every day.
Search your heart to make sure that your motives are to build a relationship with God for who He is, not because of what He can do. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” Matthew 5:8. Our thoughts and behaviors must be in alignment with God for us to know God. Daily praise and worship not only glorifies God, but we also experience a transformation, and our faith grows more in-depth as we begin to see God through spiritual eyes and realize that He is our all and all. Remember that placing ourselves in God’s hands guarantees a victorious outcome.
“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12-13
Bible Readings: Psalm 27
God, we desire to have basketball size faith. We place our lives and situations in your hands, and ask for your Divine intervention. It is our desire to have an up-close and personal relationship with you. Please forgive us for our doubt and unbelief. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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