In church we hear a lot of people give testimonies and other people key into their testimonies and also experienced theirs. You probably have had this experience.
The woman with the issue of blood in the Bible who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment had to have heard people talk about Jesus as she did not touch him but his clothes. She said within herself “if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole“.
For her to touch Jesus’ garment she had to believe. Then she acted out her faith and what she believed by touching his garment.
Faith will produce results. Overtime, we will see the results of faith. Sometimes, we make attempts to exercise faith and when we don’t see immediate results, we give up. I’m an example of this. But I have come to understand that we have to stay with it.
Using marriage as an example, it takes time to know the person. You cannot judge the validity of marriage on the first four or five years. It takes time to grow together.
Anything of value takes time and so it is with the principle of faith. It produces results overtime. We all have to stay with it. Make a commitment. We have to be completely sold out. There cannot be any space for doubt. We have to be absolutely, unequivocally convinced.
We have to remember we have an enemy that is going to stand in the road of our life to resist us every step of the way. We have to fight our way through.
1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.”
We might be criticized, falsely accused, misunderstood but we have to be convinced. Stay with it until it works.
Crying out to God for mercy shows faith. Going to church to meet with God and other believers shows faith. You can’t believe you will be healed by staying at home or believe you will get a job by not applying.
Circumstances will always bring fear. We do not deny the circumstances because indeed they are there. We should look at what Gods word says so that we do not sink.
We should not deny the existence of circumstances but we should deny the circumstances the authority to dictate the terms of our lives.
Every time we take our eyes off Gods word, we sink because then, we begin to look at the circumstances around us.
Even though we believe and then we act, it is still possible that our actions can be affected by circumstances if we allow them too.
We should hold on to 2 Corinthians 4:18
“So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
Here, Paul admonishes us not to look at them. He didn’t say deny them but rather to not look.
We ought to act what we believe and what we believe ought to be based on Gods word not in what our brain is trying to figure out in the natural.
There is a place for our brain and a place to use it at the right time but when God tells us to walk, we better walk!
Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
It takes faith to receive from God. Instead of us getting jealous about what others have, we should get ourselves together and believe God.
Talk the word, do not talk the circumstances. Talk the solution, not the problem. That is what causes it to work. Trying will not work. You have to “do”.
Faith is activated by the words of our mouth. You cannot just believe it, you have to say it. The secret to our faith increasing is by saying it.
You have to say what you believe out loud so the devil can hear it, because he is the one who is holding back your blessing, not God and when we say, we MUST believe.