John 4:34-38 – “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work. 35 “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. 36 “Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ 38 “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” NASB
Last time we focused on the first part of a slogan, “Vision to See, Faith to Believe, Courage to Do.” Today, I would like to move into the other aspects of that slogan and see how it relates to the Church and Believers today.
WE NEED – Faith to Believe.
Sometimes we see the need but fail to do what is needed because of lack of ability. If you see a $100 need and only have $50 you cannot meet that need and must wait until you can. God may be showing you the need so you can pray and work toward the fulfillment as He prepares the ability.
Mark 9:23 is a powerful passage and one that most of us wish were a constant reality in our lives, “…if you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” Jesus said in Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God…” Who? God! It is not faith in your ability, your abundance or anything else, but Faith in God! He is the supply and the supplier!
We need to allow the Holy Spirit to ignite our hearts with confidence in God’s Ability to do what He Promised. We need a rekindling of confidence and trust in God’s Integrity to do what He Promised. We need to become willing and obedient instruments in God’s hands to complete His Purposes.
Matthew 17:20 brings faith into a powerful perspective. It says, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.” The greatest factor of Faith is Obedience. It is hearing what God says, trusting Him, and saying, “Thank You!”
In the Revivals of the Church, we discover that Revival came to the Early Church because they heard and believed the Words of Christ. They obeyed that Word. They prayed and trusted God with their whole hearts. Revival continued in the Early Church because they made God the primary focus of their lives. They applied His words to their daily lives and they prayed and trusted God with their whole hearts. Do you see one common thread? They Prayed and Trusted with their whole hearts! God has not changed, and Revival, Renewal, and Restoration come from God and He has not changed! Seek Him and We will Find Him, but we must have Faith in His Promises and Faith in Him!
WE NEED – Courage to Do.
Tragically there are times that we see, and we believe that it needs to be done and can be done but we lose heart in the heat of the battle and never complete or attempt the task. James 2:17 addresses that saying, “faith without works is dead being alone.” Faith needs action to be complete!
We do not need to fear the enemy because we are victorious in God. Joshua 1:9 gives strong encouragement and admonition to “be strong and courageous and not fear.” The promise to Joshua and to us is that “God is with us wherever we go.” He is Omnipresent as well as Omniscient and Omnipotent. We do not have to fear man, this is God’s business. We do not have to fear the devil, he is a defeated foe. We do not have to fear obstacles all things are possible through Faith and Action.
Paul’s declaration in Philippians 4:13 resonates in my heart, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” In the Old Testament, the man we know little of but did incredible exploits was Shamgar. He slew 600 Philistines with an ox goad. Asa fit that description when he went against 2 to 1 odds and cried out saying, “Lord, size, and numbers do not matter to You, we have no power, but Your power so please help us.” God did! What about Gideon and the other heroes of faith and courage in the Bible?
I heard about a woman in a rural church explaining faith and obedience. She said, “If God tells me to jump through the hole in the wall. It is my business to jump and God’s business to make a hole in the wall.” That’s faith! We have the Message of Hope. We have the Power of Christ through the Holy Spirit. God is only waiting for us to say Yes to Him and go forth in complete trust and obedience. My prayer is, “Lord, please give me Vision to See, Faith to Believe, and Courage to Do.”
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!