John 4:35 – “Do you not say that after four months comes the harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, which have turned white and have long been ready for the harvest.”
We addressed the first part of the slogan from Los Angeles – “Vision to See, Faith to Believe, Courage to Do” now let us move to the next part and uncover the treasure hidden therein.
FAITH TO BELIEVE.
I am convinced that we sometimes see the need but fail to do what is needed because we have no faith for the task. Sometimes the task before us or the need seems impossible or beyond the reach of our ability. It is like having a $100 need and only $40 in the bank. It would require faith to step out when the resources do not seem present. However, if we are resigned to waiting until we have everything in hand to dare to step out, we may never step out. Sometimes it requires an Act of Faith to break through the obstacles and turn loose the blessings.
Mark 9:23 declares, “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 11:22 declares, “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Faith in Who or Whom? God, not what you have in your hand or what you know you can do. God is the God of the Impossible and if we believe Him, He said, “Nothing is impossible to us because nothing is impossible with Him.”
Our faith must be in God! That is first and foremost and we must trust His ability to do what he said He would. Our confidence must be in His integrity and honesty that He will do what He said He would. We must see ourselves as instruments in God’s hand. Our faith is in God, not us.
Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “…if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed you shall say to this mountain, remove from here to there and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” That is incredible but completely credible! We must develop the ability and willingness to Believe God! We must learn to rely on His faithfulness and His character to do exactly what He has declared in His word.
Someone said concerning the Revivals of the Church that revival came to the Early Church because – They heard and believed His report. They obeyed His word. They prayed and trusted Him totally. Revival continued in the Early Church because – They made His kingdom the focus of their lives. They applied His Word to their every situation. They prayed and trusted Him totally.
I believe that pattern can continue or be reproduced in today’s world and church if we will do what they did and become what they were we will have what they had. God has not changed! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We need Faith to believe Him and need to begin living as if He were telling the truth!
I will take this one more step in the next devotional but for now, I will pause.
God bless you as you allow Him to instill Faith in your heart to believe and obey His Word!