…faith without works is dead.
At the close of last week’s post we determined you must still yourself and be faithful in all God reveals to you. Because faith paves the way to a miracle. Yes, we must pray and wait on God for an answer. But waiting for the LORD is not waiting in a passive mode. You have got to let God work your thoughts in order to know how to maneuver through your trials. And faith without works is dead. Simply said, faith is dead or ineffective, when you don’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)
Spent all her money.
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)
Get up out that pity party!
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. Quiet your thoughts and emotions so that your responses are righteous. 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 hijack your soul.
And please stop being a garbage can or landfill for everyone’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 your confidence away! (Hebrews 10:35-36)
Stay tuned for the conclusion. Until next week, blessings and peace. Thank you for your continued readership and support.
*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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