Faith

At WHO on Sunday, Ben asked for those who were struggling with waiting for a thing that they had been praying for to come up front for prayer.  So many responded to this including me.  I didn’t want to.  I wanted to pray for those that were up there and I was, in my heart, but I knew there was something that the Father was tugging at me to get prayer for.  I walked in with it that morning.  I was discouraged, frustrated, feeling like is this prayer ever going to be answered.

I am definitely not a scholar in the scriptures but I will share with you what the Father was showing me. I welcome you to share your thoughts also!!

This morning I was praying about what scripture the Father would have me study.  He brought me to Hebrews 11.  I backed up to Hebrews 10 and read Heb 10:37, 38 and 39:

37″For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay, 38But My righteous one shall live by Faith; And if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.

39But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving (possession or charge) of the soul.”

This I believe is explaining that Jesus is coming to help us but there is a time period that we have to practice Faith.  (But my righteous shall live by faith)  To put in motion the Faith that He has put in us to trust Him for what is happening or what we are waiting for.

If we shrink back and be stagnant we miss the opportunity to exercise faith and James 2:14.  We need to have the works of believing for His will to be done and trust Him in the waiting.

Back to Hebrews 11:

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction (or evidence) of things not seen. 2For by it the men of old gained approval.”

Does this mean that we gain approval from the Father by having faith?

3″By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”

Then it lists a lot of people who went forth in believing God for what they hoped for.  Some died without seeing it fully come forth.  But they died in faith that it would.  This was pleasing and favorable to God.

One that stood out to me was Sarah.  She wanting a baby and couldn’t conceive.  She had Hagar conceive with Abraham and had Ishmael to try to fulfill this want and it just made her jealous of Hagar.  She tried to bring forth a promise in the flesh and it didn’t work.  Making things happen won’t work.  Also, when Abraham told Sarah she was going to have a baby she laughed.  In both of these examples, to me that doesn’t sound like she was having faith, yet in Hebrews 11:11 It says by FAITH she received the ability to conceive.  God still sees our heart even when we are struggling to believe.  When we make mistakes, He is so faithful and sees our heart and desire to want to have faith.

Now God could have just miraculously given her the baby.  She was very old. 100 years to be exact.  She still had to birth that baby!  God could have saved her that pain and risk but instead gave her the beautiful ability to conceive with Abraham.  Experience the pregnancy.  The worries, the fears and joys and excitement of being pregnant.  Then, she birthed Isaac who then they would be tested to give up later.

We still have to birth the thing He puts inside of us to have faith for and we do that by having that time of faith.  Like back in Hebrews 10:37.

If you need some refreshers on those who practiced faith read Hebrews 11.  But, in Hebrews 12:1 and 2 it says:

1″Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, (people are watching us and what we do or say), let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Is not having faith a sin?  I would say yes because He gave it to us to use.  Let us lay aside our disbelief, our frustration of not seeing that thing come to pass and pick up trust and run with it!  What if the thing that Mark Durniak was talking about with putting something down and picking something up was as simple as putting down our own disbeliefs and picking up FAITH and TRUST and going forth and running with it?

 

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