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Faith: Being Tested, Tried Or Taken Down Another Path?

If we hope for miracles or even the supernatural to manifest in our lives, at the core of it is faith.  If we want to be assured of our eternal salvation, what do we need?  We need faith.  We see examples of great men and women of faith in the Bible.  Some of them witnessed the promises of God, while others were content to know that a prophecy was about to be fulfilled, and yet not see it’s fruition.

Hebrews 11:1-3 sums up what faith is, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

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With faith, we have confidence in knowing that what we are believing for will manifest even though we are not seeing it yet in the natural.  It is a firm belief that God can do the impossible and that God’s promises are real.  Sometimes with faith, we see things manifest immediately.  These things build our faith- especially when we are a new believer.  It would be challenging for a new believer to have to wait for a long time to see what they need to happen in their life.  Chances are, waiting would not build their faith, it would probably destroy it.  This is often why we see new believers manifesting miracles so quickly- it is a building of their faith.

Once we are strong, we have faith in larger things. Sometimes we need to build that small faith to tackle the large faith problems. If we don’t, we can easily be taken out.

When we grow in our faith, the quick response time may not be so pervasive.  Our faith is built up.  We are confident in God’s promises.  But we also know that often there is a battle waging in the spiritual realm- one we cannot see.  Angels are fighting on our behalf for our victory, but all this takes time.  Also, for some things, the battle may take time.  If it is a spiritual war- meaning that Satan is involved because he is oppressing or harassing an area in our lives- the battle may be longer.  Yet our faith should never waiver because we know that God’s promises are real, and He is faithful to complete them.

Sometimes our faith will be tested, and that testing of our faith with teaching us perseverance (long-suffering).  We will be stretched, and sometimes it feels like we are at the breaking point.  Yet if we endure, and do not give up, we will receive what God has promised us.

Hebrews 11:4-5 give examples of men of faith.  Abel’s heart was right because he gave God his first-fruits in regard to tithing.  It was his faith that God would prosper him because of his obedience that caused his wealth.  Enoch didn’t even experience death.  He was one of the few people that God just carried into Heaven.

Hebrews 11:6 sums up how God sees faith.  “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

We receive salvation through faith.  We believe first that God exists and second in the remission of sins.  To receive eternity in Heaven, we must put our faith in the fact that there is a God that we can see visually, or touch physically.  We can feel His presence, but overall, God is not a tangible entity.  Yet we believe- we have faith.

Faith has everything to do with God.  If we need a miracle in our life, then we have to have faith that God’s promises are real.  If we don’t believe that God will do as He says He will do, then we have no hope.  We have moved away from Him, and are basically calling Him a liar- which He is not.

Seeing the impossible happen- that requires faith.  It is believing that God is a being of His Word and that His Word is true.  If we believe these things, then our faith will sustain us.  Yet when we waiver, we cannot please God due to the thoughts mentioned above.  Also, when we waiver in our heart, what is in our heart eventually comes out through our mouths.  We can often negate our own miracles by what we profess.  So sometimes our own tongue works against us.

When our confession doesn’t align with God’s Word or is contrary to what we say we are believing for, the angels become confused.  You are believing for one thing, and saying another.  What are they to do?  Do they fight, or give up?

Abraham is an example of testing

Abraham was told to offer Isaac as a sacrifice.  He must have wondered at some point whether he had truly heard from God.  Why would God give him a son, only to take it away?  Where were these descendants supposed to come from if Isaac dies?

Yet Abraham knew that God had a plan.  His faith did not waiver, and his heart was fully towards God.  Abraham believed that even if it turned out that he had to sacrifice his son, Isaac would be raised from the dead (Hebrews 11:17).  He had faith to believe that everything would be okay.

Moses illustrates “blind hope”

Moses by faith turned from a life of pleasure by embracing who he was- a Hebrew.  Hebrews 11:26 says, “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt because he was looking ahead to his reward.”

Additionally, he was without fear as fear is the enemy of faith.  He didn’t fear what the king would do to him since he killed a slave master.  He viewed God’s dissatisfaction as a greater punishment than anything pharaoh could do.  He also performed miracles in faith- faithful that God would show up each and every time.

Moses had no assurances that he would not look like a fool, or that he was doing the right thing. He just believed that he heard from God and as a result, a whole nation was saved.

Sometimes God has greater things in store.  We can believe for something and either not see it manifest, or we end up going down another road.  Is it an unanswered prayer?  Not necessarily.  Sometimes God has bigger plans for us, and we need to wait to see what He will do.  If we believe that everything He does is for our good, then we need to have faith that He is working on our behalf.  Some of the things we want may not be good for us right now.  It may be that we don’t have the right character, or it isn’t the right timing.  It is at that point that we need to have faith in the promise and that the delivery will be perfect.  If we circumvent this, then we may fail because we’ve gone ahead of God.

While it sounds simple to have faith, in reality is that it is not.  It’s easy to say, “just believe” when things are easy.  Yet we know that our faith will be tested, and as a result, things will become hard.  We may end up questioning ourselves, and God’s promises.  Yet if those promises line up with scripture, they are guaranteed, and we need to dig into our faith.

When we don’t understand, we need to turn to God and ask Him to reveal the why behind it.  What do we need to do?  Is He trying to teach us something?  Refine our character?  Are we being prepared to be promoted, or does He want us to take a different path?  This is where your relationship with Him matters most.  It is the faith in Him that will guide you into your victory and keep you out of the ditches.  This is why faith is a requirement to please God- because sometimes He will ask you to do the difficult, the embarrassing or the impossible and you must have faith that He is who He says He is.  You must believe at all times that He will show up.

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