Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
In July last year, I once wrote about my friend who has cancer. (A Light beyond the Darkness). She had experienced a miracle and recovered from her illness, but then the cancer grows back. In her severe and long struggle … She is still excited, still faithful, still hoping, and still believe in the Lord Jesus and His miraculous power. When the first Lord answered her prayer by means of cure her, but this time God manifested His love by calling this woman return to the Father’s house, leaving her husband and children.
This woman went to spread the fragrance through the witness of her life, that:
Faith always has a way to radiate its light, no matter how dark any way to go.
Once upon a time Jesus was hungry. Then He went to a fig tree at the roadside in the hope can eat the fruit, but there was only the foliage. Then Jesus said to the fig tree, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away (Matthew 21:18-19). The disciples amazed and astonished at the event. Then Jesus said to them: “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”(Matthew 21:21-22 NKJV)
On the different occasions, in Matthew 17:14-21, a father carried his son with an unclean spirit since childhood to the disciples, but they could not cast it. The disciples asked, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus had extremely interesting answer. So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.” (Matthew 17:20 NKJV)
Please note! Jesus did not say “nothing will be impossible for God” but “nothing will be impossible for YOU”. For who will not be impossible? For those who have faith. There is nothing impossible for us, the ordinary man who has faith and completely trust to God. Elijah was an example: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.” (James 5:17)
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:6b)
God gave authority unto RIGHTEOUS WHO BELIEVES HIM for the “ATTRACTING” ANSWERS PRAYERS OF HEAVEN.
Another example: In a major battle near Gibeon against the five kings of the Amorites in Joshua 10. Joshua spoke to the Lord, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies (Joshua 10:12-13a NKJV) Was written in verse 14: “And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man…” How great the power and strength of faith! If we have FAITH, nothing is impossible for us!
By using the verses above, many people say the words: “I have faith on this matter”. Quite often we hear the advice: “If you want it, believe in it”, and a variety of such sentences. Then they do everything they knew to grab what they “believe in”. They prayed, fasted, speak the word of God, sow financially, diligently serving the Lord’s work, and so forth. However … when what they “believe in” do not they get many people then become disappointed, even they away from the Lord. Without realizing it we sometimes use “faith” to “force” God to do what we want.
“Faith” that force God and disappointed if they did not get it, that is not faith! True faith is to believe to the Lord’s personality, believe that He is omnipotent, omniscient, has infinite justice, all-good, His ways are perfect, and He loves us. If we believe in God we would not be suspicious to Him, so we dare to entrust ourselves into His hands.
Believe in God means full of surrender to the God’s will.
Look at to King David in 2 Samuel 12: 1-25. He prayed, fasted, and besought the Lord earnestly for his son with Bathsheba did not die, but God does not grant it. Whether David was disappointed? No! After he was told that her son had died, he actually worship God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: they are committed to continue to believe and worship God even if God did not help them from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3: 17-18). That is faith!
Noah, Abraham, Moses, the prophets and the believers that are written in Hebrews 11. They were people of faith who dared to accept the God’s call and obey God’s commands to do everything. Although they have to do things that are contrary to logic, should get out of your comfort zone, and accepting criticism, insults and abuse from people who do not understand and hate them, but they remain firm completed their task. They strongly believe in God so that the whole entrust their lives to God’s will and surrender
Let’s take a look what is God’s word said about them:
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them… (Hebrews 11:13)
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, (Hebrews 11:39)
After all they did, after they entrust themselves to God and do the will of God, they did not get what was promised?? Did they fail? Do they lack faith? Were they Lack of confidence? No! Definitely no! They are men of faith. They didn’t focus on the outcome, but they centered to God. They didn’t focus on what they earn, but centered on what God wants them to do
FAITH IS NOT CENTERED ON THE OUTCOME, FAITH HAS ALWAYS CENTERED ON THE LORD
The Lord Jesus has given us the perfect example of faith when He prayed in Gethsemane in a state as a human. And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” (Mark 14:36) Jesus knew that nothing is impossible to the Father, but the Lord Jesus chose to surrender and entrust everything to the Father’s will.
We learn from Jesus that faith is not just a means to trust God’s sovereignty. Faith also means not only believe that we must receive what we ask for in prayer. But more than that, faith means entrust and surrender to God.
Whatever our needs, desires, and expectation, let us do the best our part. Continue to live in truth, be doers of the word of the Lord, to build an intimate relationship with God, and pray diligently. Trust that God can do all things and He is willing to help us. Believe that if we earnestly pray that we would receive what we pray for. But do not just stop there! Let’s walk with the Lord in His perfect will.
Do not measure our “faith successful” from the many requests into reality. Do not judge God’s favor and blessing through how much God answered our prayers. If our prayers answered, it was not solely because of the faith and of our efforts, but because of God’s grace and sovereignty. If the Lord willing to give, there is no anything or anyone can hold and cancel it. And even if the request and hope we do not become a reality, it does not mean we fail, lack of faith or less worthy, but because of God’s will. Remember that if God does not answer according to our wishes, then God certainly gives much better than we asked for.
“God having provided something better for us….” (Hebrews 11:40)
Let us have FAITH that we would have it all, but at the same time let us surrender to God, and say: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in my life as it is in Heaven.” AMEN
By: Sella Irene – Beautiful Words
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