Monday, May 18, 2009

Get It On The Inside First

When you study the book of Acts, you'll find the people were full of faith and the Holy Spirit. If you are expecting miracles in your life, you must learn how to walk by faith and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 13:12 says, "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." Once you get faith on the inside, you'll get it on the outside.

I traveled to Bethlehem Baptist Church last Saturday to speak at their county-wide WMU ladies luncheon. Thankfully, I have a GPS in my car. If you've ever been to this church, you'd know why---it's in the middle of the thriving metropolis of Forkville, a suburb of Morton. If it weren't for the GPS, I may not have made it because I don't like being lost. One of the hardest things for me to do is to turn off my GPS because I have faith it knows where I am, even though I may not have a clue!

When we have faith, we know we can step off the map into uncertainty with God and He will see us through, no matter what that uncertainty may be. We can step off a circumstantial cliff and have nothing under our feet but the Word of God.

I think because God is a faith God, everything is created by faith. Imagine all of the things that "could've been" in your life and my life if we would have had faith. And think of all the things that have happened in your life BECAUSE you had faith in God. Think about the people in the Bible who would not have gotten healed, raised from the dead, seen the Promised Land, bore children, or even lived if they didn't have faith. What a sad commentary the Bible would be if that were the case! It wouldn't be called the "good news", now would it?

Satan will do everything he can to get you and me in the sense realm or the feeling realm. If the devil can get you into the arena of sight, feelings and circumstances, he'll whip you every time.


Amanda Jones said...

Just what I needed to hear, Thanks!!

Audra said...

It's so easy to say we have faith in God when the going isn't so tough. And easy to have faith in God's goodness and give him control over the "easy" parts of our lives. But take money, for example. That seems to be a hard area to hand over to the Lord, even though we know he's faithful! I had planned on being a SAHM and just before the time came, my husband had some job conflicts which resulted in less income. We took a leap of faith. We said, "We'll cut the budget as far as we can, and we know God will come through to help make the ends meet." And for months now, he has. The numbers don't add up at the beginning of the month, but we always have a roof over our heads and food on our table!