Faith, faith, faith. The Holy Spirit has been non stop immersing me in messages, lessons, and songs about faith for weeks. I have come to love faith and I want to spend a few minutes exploring why faith should be our lifestyle rather than our emergency chord.
Start in Genesis 12:1-3 (NLT)
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
Keeping this in mind let’s take a look at a few other passages. Hebrews 11: 1-3 (NLT) says:
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
I have loved hearing stories about Abraham since I was in elementary school. To me, Abraham was the obvious beginning marker of Jesus making his way to earth. Now I love reading these passages because I realize how much I have in common with him. Abraham received God’s blessing, not because of anything he did. He lacked faith at times, but in this passage in Genesis in specific, Abraham is told to pick up everything and leave to where God will show him. A few chapters later, Abraham is told Sarah at age 91 will bear a son. It seemed impossible, but God made it happen. In fact as you continue reading Abraham’s story, even when Sarah dies, Abraham marries again and has many more children. The birth of Isaac was merely the beginning of God fulfilling his promises. We see Abraham’s faith grow more after the birth of Isaac. It has to take quite a bit of faith to take your son to be the sacrifice and still know God is going to provide through it. See Abraham started with just a little faith in his journey and that was all God asked for and needed to mold him and help him see the bigger picture.
As the generations have continued since Abraham, all each had to start out with was the stories of faith from their fathers and a little faith that was implanted in their spirits to continue the journey and pass it on to the next generation. Let me make this clear, none of this would be possible without God. You cannot do it on your own without becoming your own lord and losing the lordship that is available through submitting to Jesus Christ.
Put yourself back in the shoes of being a child and listening to the stories of the Old Testament. It planted this seed that God could do anything because he could part the Red Sea and let man walk on dry ground, he could hide his believers in the midst of their enemies and consume the land with his power. He could defeat a giant with one little boy who said “I can’t, but God can.”
This is exactly where we are brothers and sisters. We are the children of God in a foreign land. We are the child up against the giant. There is nothing that God cannot accomplish through a submissive heart when we have a little faith. He never required huge faith and profound speeches from learned men and women. He always uses the willing, the humble, the ones who are not convinced that physical situations supersede the power of the Holy Spirit.
Who will be the Davids? Who will be the Samuels? The Joshuas? If we are counting on someone else to do it, we are letting fear make our decisions. If you have seen the light of Jesus and know the truth of His message on the cross, you have been called according to his purposes. God is moving in our generation. He is raising up his people to see that He is not dead, but very much alive. Just like generations ago heard the stories of faith, He is using these to awaken our hearts and minds to see that no matter the politics and sin and depression, He is working, he is more than capable, because we still serve the God of Abraham, Joshua and David.
Joshua 21:45 “Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.”