Are You Walking with Christ? (Part III)
So again, just to drive the point home, only when faith is matched with works does it come to life. It's just like with epoxy, both compounds need to be mixed together in order to activate it. Now that we’ve made the distinction between dead faith and the acts of faith which brings our dead faith to life let’s move on to further examine what Jesus meant when He said: “May it be unto you according to your faith”. What Jesus was doing was again demonstrating that we all have different measures of faith, just like the servants in the parable of Matthew 25 had different measures of talents.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full
age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern
both good and evil.
I would be doing you a disservice if I made the assumption that everyone reading this is only working with a small measure of faith. And even if you do have little faith, the best way to increase it is to stretch it. No matter how much faith we have we should always be pushing its boundaries, because it grows like a muscle. How? Just the way muscles grow, through exercise.
Now Christians with very little faith probably believe I am absolutely crazy to think that God could protect me so as I wouldn’t ever need to own a handgun. You see, people with a lot of faith are always misunderstood, and sometimes even despised by those lacking it. I’m not complaining now, but just stating fact. You can bet they thought Noah was crazy too, until it started raining.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not
unto thine own understanding.
“May it be unto you according to your faith” is such a powerful statement! When we do anything by faith we are completely putting our trust in God. I’m going to let you in on a little secret, so listen carefully. When we reject the wisdom of this world and put our trust in God we can literally bend reality. How so? Can we walk on water like Peter did? Absolutely, if we have the faith!
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto
you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is
done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Do I have the faith to move mountains? Not yet, but I’m working on it. You see, it is the limits that we impose on our faith that limit us, not faith itself. Jesus told us that with enough faith we can accomplish anything! Is He a liar? Of course not! Oh friends, if only we would stretch our faith the things we could do through the power of the Holy Spirit! If you recall Mark 6:3-6 (KJV) Jesus was prepared to heal every person in His hometown of sickness and disease! So, what stopped Him? Their lack of faith!
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world
to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things which are mighty;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in
them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from
the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things
that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without
excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became
Again, what are the foolish things of the world? A man walking on water? Foolishness! A man building an ark because the face of the earth is about to be flooded? More foolishness! A man sitting at home not worried about the physical safety of his family or himself, but trusting in God to provide all his needs? Utter foolishness! Oh, some may say “How dare you compare yourself to men of God!” Umm, what do you think those stories were put in scripture for? Truth be told, I really identify with Peter and Paul, especially in their weaknesses and failures.
I’m reluctant to tell you this, because it can so easily be misconstrued, but I really feel that God wants me to share it, because I do so to build your faith. One night I was thinking to myself about a joke someone told about healing. I don’t remember how it went exactly, but the gist of it was if faith healers were real they would go to hospitals and heal. I challenged God on it one night, but little did I know the answer was soon coming. Not long after I became ill and had to stay in the hospital a few days. As part of my recovery, my nurses were telling me they wanted me to walk the halls several times a day. As I was doing so God brought back to mind our conversation. He wanted me to pray for every person in that hospital! Now I was in no mood to do anything but lay in my bed and feel sorry for myself, but I obeyed.
Now as I’m sure you know, we cannot just walk into a hospital and start laying hands on people, but in this case, I had no excuse! Nobody knew what I was doing, I would just look in a room and if I saw someone I would pray for them under my breath. Now I’d like to tell you that after I prayed the blind could see, the deaf could hear and the lame could walk, but that’s not the case. However, I did start to notice that on my floor patients were starting to be discharged and rooms began to empty. Even my roommate was discharged and I had the room to myself for the last few days. Now I do this whenever I am in a hospital. I figure if Satan is going to attack my health this is the best way to combat him. Glory to God!
Now here’s another secret of faith. When prayers are not answered it is never because we shouldn’t have prayed them. Whether or not God for example heals someone is purely His business. Whether He answers any prayer (or doesn’t) is above our pay grade. How He chooses to answer our prayers is also His business. There are people who have been praying the same prayer for decades without any appearance of action. I want to tell you, not one prayer falls through the cracks! Sometimes we get discouraged and our prayers seem to fall on deaf ears. That is a lie straight from Hell!
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where
moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Now the only exception to the rule about praying for anything should go without saying, but in these end times where prosperity preaching is rampant I feel compelled to warn you. Don’t pray to win the lottery, for luxuries or riches. Yes, God promises to supply all of our needs, however what we think we need and God does are totally different. His ways are higher than ours. As Christians, the furthest thing from our minds should be material wealth. The things of this world are here to distract us from things of God. They hinder us in our walk with Christ, and if we love them more than God we provoke Him to jealousy. Actually, about the worst that could happen is for us to win the lottery and trade our eternity for a few creature comforts in this temporal world. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus comes to mind (Luke 16:19-31 KJV), as does Jesus admonition that it is easier for a rich man to go through the eye of a needle, than to enter Heaven (Matthew 19:24 KJV).
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on
me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall
he do; because I go unto my Father.
Greater works than Jesus did, is it possible? Again, is He a liar? Of course it is possible, with enough faith! When we believe in Christ our faith is our only limiting factor in this world. Now do you see why Satan would have us wringing our hands while we scramble to stockpile food and guns? Now there is nothing wrong with being prepared, however what if your stockpile was not available for some reason? Would you panic, or praise God because He has chosen to test your faith?
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer
darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus fed 5,000 men with five loaves and two fishes with 12 baskets of scraps left over, do you think He will let His people starve? Oh, ye of little faith! For those unwilling to put their faith to good use, “May it be unto you according to your faith” is an unwelcome reminder to the unprofitabe servant that they have nothing to show for the measure of faith they have been given. Once again I remind you, if you take away any sound bite from this, let it be "Faith is the currency of our salvation", and without it we are poor indeed.
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