C.F. Leach|November 24|
Are you a member of the Most Unlikeable People’s Club? You know—the Outcasts? Do you have social leprosy? Are you always trying to hide the real you? Just to be accepted by superficial folks who don’t even know who they are? Perhaps when the real you is revealed, you are constantly ostracized. Because you do not conform to the definition of normality as it relates to society’s humanisms. Or maybe just maybe, you find yourself masquerading behind busy-ness as a form of self-therapy. To ward off a spirit of anxiousness you have walked with for many years. (Philippians 4:6-8)
And adding to this weight, you have a problem that is so horrendous you can’t share with anyone. Not even those you think are closest to you; for fear of betrayal. Because the last time you shared a secret, in anger, that person used it as a fiery dart. In an attempt to destroy your character and integrity, with no forgiveness in sight. Just merciless. So now you’ve cloaked your life in such secrecy. There is no one you can trust, except God. And at this point of desperation you are determined not to be denied. The revelation here is desperate times do deem desperate actions. Yet the quandary is ….You need a solution that defies human nature. How do you get it?
In other words, if God doesn’t step in you will lose everything including your mind. The strategy—-you need to keep your focus and not get frantic. In this scenario ‘faith-determined’ is the prerequisite.
But the Good News is… Your looks, popularity, occupation, nationality, socio-economic status or connections—have nothing to do with your faith in God. Nor how He chooses to bring you out of your predicament.
Let’s use Rahab for example. During her time, she had three strikes against her. She was a Canaanite, a woman and a harlot. Her nationality, gender or occupation had nothing whatsoever to do with her faith. Being a harlot—today, as back then, many people would scoff at her and would not want to be found in her company. Did her decision of faith save her?
Or the woman with the issue of blood. Who had been in the same condition for twelve years. Ostracized by the church because of her condition. Did her faith heal her?
In what circumstance do you find yourself that would cause your faith to manifest a miracle? People have said for years, “Seeing is believing.” But faith dictates “Believing is seeing.” (Hebrews 11:1) You have to catch the revelation. Your faith in God must be on the rise, in order to annihilate the stumbling block that causes you to think negatively; about whatever predicament you find yourself. Jesus must be the real and living factor in your life. Not a specter to hide behind while pretending to be something you’re not. The masquerade party is over. Take a good look in the mirror at your spirit. Pray and ask God to create in you a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within you. (Psalm 51:10) Still yourself and be faithful in all He reveals.
You have got to let God work your thoughts in order to know how to maneuver. Because faith without works is dead. Waiting for the LORD is not waiting in a passive mode. Faith is dead or ineffective, when you won’t move on it. True faith will cause you to make a declaration, “I’ve got to do something!” Then take action. Faith goes where there is something to get. (2 Kings 7:3-20)
Rahab was so desperate she hid the Israelite spies on her roof, which could have cost her life. But she had faith in the power of God more than she feared Zedekiah, the king who could have executed her. (Joshua 2:1-7) An Outcast— But when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down—her house and everyone in it was saved. (Joshua 6:25) And because of her faith, Rahab is not only listed in the Patriarch’s Hall of Faith. (Hebrews 11:31) But is also listed as being part of the lineage of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:5) In other words, Rahab was justified by faith. (Joshua 2:8-15)
The woman with the issue of blood found herself in a hopeless predicament. She’d consulted every physician known to man. Spent all her money. And still was not healed of her condition. She was so desperate she defied church protocol. Because in those days she was considered to be unclean, and not allowed among the people. (Leviticus 15:19-33) Yet she had *faith-determined, which dictated she get to Jesus at any cost. And because of her faith, upon touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, was not only immediately healed, but made whole. (Luke 8:43-48)
Is it not written: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) The key is when you pray to ask in faith. And that faith has to be built on the belief of Jesus Christ. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.” (2 Corinthians 13:5-7)
Take your faith and move on what you believe. It doesn’t take much. (Matthew 17:20) Get up! Get up! Get up out that pity party! Because the thing you desire is closer than your very breath. Do not sit around thinking it is coming to you. God gave you the gift of faith to go into action. Guard your ear gate and eye gate. Do not allow negative conversations or reports of any kind in your environment. (Isaiah 53:1) Simply said, refuse to allow negativity to hi-jack your soul.
And please stop being a landfill for everybody’s problems. Hang out an “Out of Business—Leveling the Ground” sign. You can’t help anyone when you are damaged. If you try, you will find yourself like one of the Avengers after the Infinities War. Obliterated into some strange situation, that tried to steal your true identity by taking away your confidence. (Hebrews 10:35-36)
In your desperation to find the truth, get and stay in the company of those who will justly be in agreement with you, and sincerely pray. For those with whom you are in just agreement will not abandon you when you find yourself in desperate situations. But will fight the battle with you on their knees. It is written: “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20-22) Then not only will you be able to keep on the whole armor of God, but will also be wearing a mantle of His spiritual gifts over it. So when you take a hit it is not so damaging and you have a quicker recovery time; to fight battles for the Kingdom of the utmost importance.
Sometimes you will find your blessing is in the enemy’s camp: With people who detest you. A job they don’t want you on or even a neighborhood where you are really not welcomed. Get up from there! You have to get desperate with the mindset of the four lepers, at the Samarian gate. (2 Kings 7:3-20) God will drive your enemies from before your face. Did you ever stop to think they possess your blessings just to deliver them to you?
Aren’t you tired of the enemy running all over you? This is your time. Your season. This is not your end, but your new beginning. And in this new beginning, as you work your faith; these changes will further define the REAL you. Your new found faith and you will walk away conquerors. (Philippians 4:13) And this new level of faith will defy human nature by manifesting the power of God in your life.
You see, Jesus did not die on the cross so when problems come our way—we ignore them by focusing on something else. No, he died so when problems come our way—we face them head on, and focus on Him through the application of His word, prayer and faith for the ultimate solution.
Then you will be able to say, with a truth; “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:23) And those around you will see. Although considered an outcast, you were not only able to outlast your troubles; but also victoriously overcome them. And with an added bonus — blessings you never deemed possible!
*Faith-determined is a term used in my book Faithwalkers: How to Survive in The Desert of Hopelessness. However, the definition originated from a book I am now completing entitled Understanding the Seasons of Your Destiny. Definition: A decision of faith that is so pure and genuine it has to manifest the miraculous.
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