Today I saw a sign at a church that said, “Have faith in the word of God and the God of the word.” It made me do a quick self-analysis. And the question is— we say we have faith, but do we really have it? Can we really believe God despite what we see? We preach it—but do we live it? We say it—but do we really believe what we say?
We justify these inclinations of doubt by saying we are only human. And yes we are. But there comes a time when fear has to meet the God in you. And if you haven’t built yourself up in the most holy word. How can you have faith? Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV) Perhaps the question should be what are you hearing?
Are we like the man by the pool of Bethesda? Who waited for thirty-eight years to be healed. He was surrounded by sick folks for so long that his belief system was stuck. Because he was in an environment where he saw people get healed; but yet he could not reach the pool for a healing himself. Can you imagine the tortured mind he had to have with an already sick body? And the negative words he must’ve heard?
Someone reading this post is in that same situation right now. You’ve been around negative people so long that you’ve regressed into believing that, “maybe God is still here, I’m just not sure.” So now your foundational belief system has a crack in it. Where you once knew God’s authority by faith. But you’ve been held hostage in a negative environment for so long that you are starting to belief there is no hope. When you lose your hope you are susceptible to many thoughts the enemy now has permission to interject.
Perhaps Satan, himself, came to torment his mind with thoughts like…”Look where serving your God has gotten you, Where is your God now? God doesn’t really care about you! Or, you’re going to die right here!” Many of us have found ourselves in that same place; tormented as we struggled with our belief system. The substance of things hoped for has now been misplaced.
You have to come to a place where your faith is fortified and in spite of your environment, you believe. When you lose faith in God, you limit your existence. In whatever area of your life you choose not to believe, are the areas where Satan has free course to traffic. Your faith in God’s ability must be greater than the circumstances you are trying to overcome. You must have ‘faith determined’, like the woman with the issue of blood. She sought Jesus despite religious beliefs, regardless of people’s opinions, even though her situation had been hopeless for twelve years— she had to press her way. (Mark 5:25-34)
The same way Jesus was passing by her way, he also came by that pool. He knew how long that man had been laying there. Just like he knows how long many of us have been in certain situations desiring to come out—but didn’t have a way to do so. Jesus asked the question, ” Wilt thou be made whole?” And although the man gave Jesus the reason why he was not healed. Jesus was only interested in him being made whole and delivered.
After asking this certain man a question, Jesus then gave him command, ” Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” And the man took up his bed and walked.
Find security in your steadfast relationship with the LORD. If your faith is dead and needs a resurrection, allow the Word to stir up your faith and rise to walk in the knowledge of the presence and power of God. Jesus proclaimed, ” I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV)
You never know when Jesus may come by your situation. He can step out of eternity and place your future in your present at any given moment in time. Just hold on to what faith you have. No matter how small you think it might be. Don’t buy into the enemy’s lies. If you think it’s been misplaced— pray that God restores your faith and stay in the word. “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20 KJV)
Note: The story of the Bethesda Pool can be found in John 5.
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