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“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor 10:13; KJV).

This is one of those special verses for me. The Greek word for temptation has a wider meaning than just temptation to sin; it can mean trial and adversity. So, what this verse means is that the trials you face are no different than from what everyone faces, so don’t feel you have been picked out for unique treatment. Be encouraged as the apostle Paul teaches us in this verse that God will not allow the trial to overwhelm you and he will provide the way out; praise God.

So how will God help? Well first of all he exhorts us to cast our cares on him as he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Be patient (Heb 6:12), get into the word and prayer so you can hear from him. One of the main ways he will show us the answer to our tests and trials is in his word. Find the direction for your situation in the Bible. For example, if you need healing, meditate, confess and build up your faith with scriptures such as: “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by E-sai-as the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matt 8:17) and “by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Focus on God’s promises, speak them and the answers will come. We serve a faithful God who never changes (Heb 13:8).

 

 

Stand in Faith

P.U.S.H until something happens. I saw this on a sweat shirt and liked it. This doesn’t mean we have to keep asking God for the same thing over and over again. Once we have asked, we stand in faith, believing, praising and thanking God for what we have asked for until we see the victory in the natural with our eyes.

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24; KJV). What this mean is that when we pray, we must believe that we have received the answer to our prayer, even though the actual manifestation in the physical realm may not appear immediately but may take some time. However, in the interim, we must stand and maintain our faith because: “faith and patience inherit the promise” (Heb 6:12).

As I was thinking about this it reminded me of the story of the paralyzed man and his 4 friends who wanted to bring him to Jesus so he could get healed (Mark 2:3-12). As you know, they couldn’t get into the house where Jesus was teaching because of the crowds but they were determined and full of faith. They let their paralyzed friend down through the roof. The apostle Mark wrote (Mark 2:4): “so when they had BROKEN THROUGH, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay”. They had to work hard to break through the roof, and they weren’t about to give up till they got him to Jesus.

The woman with the issue of blood, described in the gospel of Luke the physician, (Luke 8:43-48) pushed through a huge crowd to get to Jesus; driven by her faith. In her condition she would have been regarded as unclean and could have been stoned for being out amongst people with a bleeding condition.

How determined are we as Christians to seek Jesus, or pray and believe till we get results? Again, in Luke’s gospel, (Luke 11:10) we read: “For every one that asketh receiveth”. I encourage you to be persistent and don’t give up but pray in faith until something happens, until the expected result manifests.

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Overhearing but Ignoring

In the apostle Marks gospel, chapter 5, is an important lesson on faith. It is a story of Jairus, a synagogue ruler, and his daughter, who was dying. Jairus had beseeched Jesus to come and heal his daughter but on the way to his house they received news that the girl had already died. Then it says that Jesus overheard the news but ignored what was said. In fact, he replied to Jairus: “Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5: 36; KJV). There are times when we need to do the same. People may bring us negative reports and talk doubt and unbelief when we are trying to operate in faith. This is when we need to do what Jesus did in the story above and ignore the contrary reports.

Hang around people who are full of faith and who will encourage you to keep believing. As Jesus said to Jairus, just keep believing regardless of the situation because God said: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isa 55:11). God is also alert and active watching over his word to perform it (Jer 1:12). In other words, if you are standing in faith on a promise from God’s word, in his Bible, it will come to pass just as you have believed.

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Faith and Love

"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love" (Gal. 5:6; KJV) The Greek word for faith is pistis which means trusting totally in God and all that he says. The Greek word for love is agape which refers to unselfish, unconditional, love that doesn’t look for any reward and in fact, tries to do everything it can for the object of that love.

Agape is the result of a decision. In other words, in the verse above, the apostle Paul was writing that we cannot expect our faith to work if we are not developing our love walk. A good way to check up on your love level is to read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and see if there are any areas where you might be missing it.

Here is our quick summary: Love is never jealous but is patient and kind. Love doesn’t show off and is never rude, disrespectful or selfish. Love shuns evil but revels in the truth. Love doesn’t have a short fuse but believes the best of people, stands fast in trying situations, hoping and believing for God’s best for people and in all situations.  

Spending time studying the subject of love in God's word will also bring us more revelation on the subject and facilitate our faith.  But remember that after the study we must use our faith to demonstrate our love. Love must be put it into practice. If you are like us, I am sure you have lots of opportunities to do that every day.  

Where is Your Faith?

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye will have them."(Mark 11:24; KJV) So, what can we pray for in faith? Well, anything that is according to God's will (1 John 5:14-15) or anything in his word (the Bible).

So, what is faith? Faith is a strong trust, confidence and belief in God or more simply put: knowing that we know that we know that we know! This is not head or mind agreement with God's word but faith is of our spirit; knowing deep in our spirit that God's promises are: "yea, and in him A-men," for us (2 Cor 1:20).

We need the God kind of faith that: "calleth those things which be not as though they were" (Rom 4:17). In other words, when we pray, our faith sees the answer and it is so real in our spirit that nothing can talk us out of it, even though we don't experience the answer to our prayer immediately in the natural, with our senses.

That kind of faith brings results in the natural. We stand patiently in faith (Heb 6:12), not wavering, just like Abraham, who held on for years waiting for God's promised son (Rom 4:20).

How often we want to get the answer by our own efforts, like Abraham and Sarah getting a son Ishmael by Sarah's maid (Gen 16). Paul criticized the Galatians for starting in faith, in the spirit, but trying to succeed in their Christian walk in their own efforts (Gal 3:1-3). There are no short cuts, we build our faith by time in God's word (Rom 10:17). Start using your faith at the level you are at, but work on building faith. Take the limits off God: "but with God all things are possible" (Matt 19:26).

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