Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Go Ahead

“I want to trust God more,” you say.  The biblical response is, “Go ahead.” 

“No, no, you don’t understand.  My faith is tiny, and I just want to trust God more.”

“Oh, well, if you’ve faith the size of a seed, you can move mountains.  Amount ain’t the deal.  Do you have any is the question.  Maybe you don’t believe God at all.”

You could believe the story of Jesus, and that he was raised from the dead.  That doesn’t necessarily mean you believe God, or that you’re even a Christian.  Seriously, that’s an o.k. place to be, for now.  It’s better to concede that you have no faith than to discount what faith you have. 

Hebrews 11: 6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”  Do you believe he exists?  Bingo.  Are you aware he rewards those who diligently seek him?  Ah, that’s the deal.  This you’re not sure about.  This is why finding yourself in a church/community/family, however small or big, that believes he rewards those who seek him is significant.  It’ll help.  I guarantee, it’ll help.

It’s in a church/community/family that you’ll observe folks that have a relationship with the One who appears, at times, to be the big unknown.  They’ll tell you stories of encounters and prayers answered and questions answered and doubts minimized and wonderful moments of assurance and dreams and visions and scores of other things that can only be attributed to a God that loves.

Take a look at what I read today from Psalm 78:  “The Ephraimites, armed with the bow, turned back on the day of battle.  They did not keep God’s covenant, but refused to walk according to his law.  They forgot what he had done, and the miracles that he had shown them (Psalm 78: 9-11).”  The Ephraim nation (the northern nation of Israel) became a community, evidently, that had forgotten how good God was and their culture was growing aimless morally.  When the day of battle came, they were cowards. 

God is good and does good (Ps. 119: 68).  He sought me out and found me, assured me of forgiveness of sin in his name, blessed me with his Spirit and abilities and callings and growing purposes so that many others might know him.  Jesus revealed the reign and kingdom of God on earth so that we’d experience life abundant, making all things new in his name and for his glory.   I am his child.  This denotes a clear understanding of relationship.  I trust him.  I don’t always understand, but I love him.  As I, or anybody else, give testimony of these things, faith comes as a seed and germinates in the hearts of the hearers.  Great things are now at hand because of what God has done and is doing.

Want to grow strong in your faith (that’s the thing – it’s the strength of faith) and trust in Daddy God? Check out Romans 4: “No distrust made (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.  Therefore his faith was reckoned to him as righteousness (Rom. 4: 20-22).”

To give glory to God is to worship and give praise from deep within yourself to God.  Abe’s reason to praise & worship was because he was convinced God was able to do what he promised.  Our advantage in living as believing people is found in being among those who give accounts of how good God is.  The accounts, testimonies, stories lead us to be fully convinced that our God is able to do glorious things of redemption and salvation and healing in and through us to a world and nations and families God so loves.  This denotes a clear understanding of relationship.  Alleluia!

Want to grow strong in faith?  Give glory to God.  Want to give glory to God?  Be fully convinced that God can do what God’s promised.  To be fully convinced you gotta look at what he’s done.  He has done and is doing a lot!

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