Have faith in a living God!!
Reaching God by faith (From: The Secret to God’s Light)
2 Corinthians 12: 9 ‘And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. . .’
Our entire journey is locked up in this text.
God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. The human mind is always ready to fight whatever threats crosses our path in life though. But we will solely find it necessary to fight everybody who threatens us when we do not have faith in God. The more childlike and dependant we become on God, the more control God will have over our lives.
The small David slain the giant Goliath by faith, and the lamb slain the dragon and beast by the power of God. Samson slew the lion without any hesitation in his God’s power.
David and Samson never hesitated for one moment that they would slay the mighty enemy; because they merely served as vessels through which God slain the enemy.
The humble lamb conquered the mighty dragon; why? Because God lives within the Jesus which merely served as God’s instrument. Our power therefore lies in our faith in God; as God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. What do we learn from this text then?
At first we believe in our own strength and wisdom and forget about God when we confront our daemons or problems which we have to face in life. But those who truly have faith in God will place their lives into God’s hands without any fear or hesitation. This way we do not depend on our own power and wisdom and become weak in the mind of our flesh. Once we empty our glass and allow God to control our lives fully; our human spirit becomes clay in the potter’s hands. We will therefore become weak in fighting the darkness with our own strength and allow God to perfect His spirit within us. God’s strength will this way grow to its fullness; the same as Jesus who placed His life into God’s hands.
Jesus before Pilate: I quoted one text where Jesus teaches us how strong our faith should be in God. Jesus was totally at ease with whatever God had planned for Him on His path.
John 19: 9 ‘And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10Then saith Pilate unto him, speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 11Jesus answered, thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.’
This is a lesson we should write deep into our hearts, as this will strengthen us through many hard times in life. No matter whether we are threatened by the boss, friends, enemies or anybody for that matter; we are God’s children, and all will remain God’s will with us. In sickness, danger or pain, it will be Father’s way of strengthening us on our path. Jesus remained the Lamb to be slaughtered by the weaker; but God’s power is made perfect in weakness; that is strength!
God allows others to have power over us at times; the same as Jesus; but we have to know that God is in control. For as long as we remain clay in the Potters hands, Jesus will protect and guide us, physically as well as spiritually.
Luke 21: 17-18 ‘And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18But there shall not a hair of your head perish.’
We should not merely have faith, as faith is for those who have not seen. We should know for a fact in our hearts that Jesus knows best.
Philippians 4: 13 ‘13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’
Why are we weak?
We sometimes find ourselves in difficult situations in life where we do not always see light at the end of the tunnel. But we always get through our struggle at the end. After the problem is solved, we look back and realise that God did pull us through after all. We then ask ourselves, ‘why was I so scared in the first place?’
Let us see how little faith the disciples had at some stage.
Matthew 17: 20 ’20. . . Why could not we cast him out? 20And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief: For verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.’
By faith we will move mountains, but Jesus is not referring to a physical mountain in this instance. God is referring to us having a problem or challenge in life which seems to be the size of a mountain before us.
We have to keep in mind that once we did our best to solve a problem, we have done the possible and we can only ask God’s help and place the problem in His hands.
At times, when we feel down and out, even a tiny problem appears to be the size of a mountain. But when we are down, every little problem appears to be the size of a mountain. We merely have to pray and get back onto our feet; we will then find that the giant mountain was merely a tiny anthill.
Matthew 19: 26 ‘26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.’
Are your burdens too heavy to carry?
Matthew 11: 29-30 ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: And ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
Why does God say that His yoke is easy and His burden is light? It surely does not seem that way at times. The reason for God’s yoke being heavy is that we do not have faith in God the way we should have. We long for the pleasures of the world at times, and that is when the burden gains ground on us. We therefore suffer for having to overcome the same darkness all over again, and again, and again.
Does this not sound like travelling in circles? We overcome our fleshly desires and grow in spirit, but then return to the fleshly lusts which breaks down the beautiful temple we built for God.
Galatians 3: 3 ‘3Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4Have ye suffered so many things in vain?’