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Posted on 06/17/2004 3:11:48 PM PDT by Frapster
Where Faith Flourishes
While one should walk by faith in all of life, they are obvious times when it is activated more than others.
Each person has his inner issues and outer issues in life. His inner issues involve such things as doubts, secret sins, feelings of rejection, worry, etc. Whereas, his outer issues tend to be much more visible and definitive, i.e., finances, health, family issues.
I have long observed in my experience that the more tangible a circumstance is, the more taxing it is on my faith. It is much easier for me to dismiss the intangible issues in my life than it is to redemptively address such problems as money, health, human relationships, etc.
While one would like the lessons of faith to be like a school he attends, passes, and is not required to go through again. That is not the way it is. The life of faith is an ongoing experience in which one never learns all there is to know nor has the last word on it. It is a fluid, expanding, and ever emerging consciousness of our human dependence on the Fathers divine mercy and provision.
The more visible and pronounced a need is, the greater will be the demand for a tangibly expressed faith. The truth of this observation has never been more forcibly brought home than when I became ill a number of years ago. As a consequence of my illness, my ministry was effectively shut down and, due to the loss of income from that and not having insurance at the time, finances became a real problem. So the tangibles were money and sickness both of which defied my feeble faith.
I could feel my sickness and I could see the debts that were mounting up and felt absolutely helpless to do anything about it---until I came to the end of myself. As I lay on my hospital bed early one morning worrying about what to do, I suddenly remembered a statement I heard a dear brother make in a television address when preaching about the mountain in Mark 11:22-23 where Jesus said: Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
The brother made a profound statement that changed my whole viewpoint regarding faith. He said, Dont tell your God about your mountain, tell your mountain about your God. In other words, he was telling me to speak to my mountain rather than lying there complaining to God about my mountain.
I know of few things any more tangible and immoveable than a mountain. Thats precisely the way I felt about illness and debt. In this scripture, Jesus was telling me to take authority over my mountains, giving them instructions to do as I commanded. He said further, if I would not doubt, but believe what I was saying would come to pass, it would happen.
Now that was a real stretch but I decided to do it. Frankly, I felt quite foolish laying there in my bed speaking to my illness and debts but I decided that if I was going to do it at all, I would do a good job of it. I spoke quite plainly and definitively to both. I told my disease to wither and die---which it did! An incurable and terminal disease began, quite obviously, to die that very day. Now it took the doctors, my body, and various other circumstances to discover my healing but it happened. I told debt to go take a long jump and consequently, money began to come in large amounts.
That battle was won but the war goes on. The enemy knows our points of weakness and will try everything within his evil power to exploit those weaknesses. Unfortunately for him, he is doomed to failure especially as I learned to continue to speak against these things. Have I been back in the hospital since that time? Yes, with issues just as threatening. Each time, however, God had me appropriately situated where the need could be immediately met. Have I been under financial pressure since that time? Yes, but each time such times have come, we have learned to tell our lack about the wonderful grace and provision of our God and consequently, see our finances grow to meet our needs.
We will never graduate from the school of faith until the day we see Jesus. God loves us enough to permit or cause trials and difficulties to come our way. His desire for us in and through such times is that our faith will be ever growing---getting stronger every step of the way. The way we treat the threatening issues of life has much to do with the abundance with which we will enter Heaven.
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Read this. Thinking about you today and praying hard.
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This goes for you on the 23rd.