This is the second installment of this subject. If you have not read the first or need a refresher, I invite you to click here to read the first installment of this subject.
“…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”—Luke 18:8 (KJV)
The question that is asked by the scripture above is simple but not easily answered. The reason for this, I believe, is due to a loss of the meaning and significance of the God-type of faith. The bible says that God has given to “every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3).
Faith is the tool that God has given us to use and operate with. It is not the will of God for believers to stand powerless and under the control of an enemy who would absolutely destroy us if we allow. I know it is popular to hold to the belief that God is ‘keeping us’ and ‘in control’ He is—to a point. But he also gave us the directive to “occupy until I come” (Luke 19:13).
In other words, take the faith that He has given us and put it to use the same way a farmer would use seed. He would not take the seed he has just purchased and put the bags in the barn and wait for it to produce! Likewise, neither should we hold on to the faith that has been given us and hope it will produce in our lives.
A farmer works by faith also. He has faith in the seed that is in the bag. He believes that when that seed is planted in ‘good ground’ and nourished properly, (sun, rain, fertilizer, etc.,), it will produce the crop it represents. Similarly, the believer has the responsibility to take the seed of the Word of God and plant it in our hearts, nourish it properly with (prayer, praise, obedience, confession, love, etc.). Not just place our Bibles on the table and hope; because we have one, we will learn what it says.
The Bible tells us that the “just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17); and without it we cannot even please God (Hebrews 11:6). Think about trying to live a life pleasing to the Lord but missing it because we are neglecting the all-important aspect of faith. The life of faith is not just some group you belong to but it is a way of living. When we live by faith, we are not moved by the things that move everyone else. We are moved only by what we believe! Why? Because….
WE ARE BELIEVERS!!!!
Believers live a life of faith! It is believers that are to show everyone else how good God is…not just talk about it and sing songs about it! This is what makes us different from the rest of the world. The Word says, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4). In other words, we have the greater one on the inside of us! The things that have everyone else ‘shaking in their boots’ ought not affect us one bit, regardless of what may be going on around us; because we know in Whom we believe! (1 Timothy 1:12) Because…
Our God and His Word never fails!
The Word tells us that the Lord is holding all things by “the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3). If everything that exists—both seen and unseen—is here because of the spoken word of God; then it is important for us to recognize that He has given us that same word to use in our lives. Through the vehicle of our faith, we can declare what He has declared in His Word, and expect to see it in our lives! Therefore…
HAVE FAITH IN GOD
When questioned about the fig tree, Jesus simply said to His disciples: “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Faith operating in the life of the believer is in fact the enabling power of God working on our behalf and doing what we cannot do in our own power. This is why Jesus often called attention to the disciples’ lack of faith. No it is not easy or simple but it is possible because He has already invested in us “the measure of faith.”
So use your faith—do it now! Never again say, ‘I don’t have any faith’ or ‘I only have a little bit of faith.’ Take what you have, get your Bible, find some Word concerning what you are believing for, and begin ‘planting’ it in the soil of your heart by faith; through reading, hearing, and speaking, until that Word becomes alive in you—and when it does, you will experience the manifestation of that Word in your life.
WILL THE LORD FIND FAITH IN YOU?
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