Do you believe God in the morning but in the evening you doubt Him?
Do you always or sometimes believe God and His promise to you?
Do you believe God today and tomorrow you don’t?
Well, whatever your answers are in your heart to all or some of these questions, this is what God wants you to know today about your trust in Him; your faith in God must be a permanent lifestyle, not a fluctuating way of life, not a part time commitment! Walking by faith is a fulltime, lifelong enrolment.
Whatever you lack or desire, ask the Lord who gives liberally, generously beyond what you ask, or think or desire and you shall receive (James 1:5). God has more than enough of whatever any one will dare to ask Him. He does not lack anything; be it wisdom, riches, healing, power, honour, fame, promotion, blessing etc.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6). It’s only with faith that you can download the riches and blessings in the warehouse of God. Establish your faith in God, ‘permanize’ it (make it permanent), cast it in stone, not on the beach sand which is washed away by the waves in seconds. Do not waver in your trust on the ability and abundance of God; shun every uncertainty about His willingness to give you.
“For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:7). Which man? The man with the wavering, fluctuating, part time faith. A doubting man never pleases God, in fact our doubts in God provokes God’s anger against us.
When the unbelieving Israelites provoked God by their wavering faith, God spoke these dreadful words; “So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest” (Hebrews 3:11) And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? (Hebrews 3:18).
Let us avoid every double-mindedness; believing for a time and not believing for another time. Believing in the morning and doubting in the evening. Believing God’s ability and willingness today and doubting Him tomorrow. Believing and doubting God is double-mindedness, it demonstrates instability. This is how the Disciple James captures this truth, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).
When you permanently believe in God no matter what, you speak like this, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (Daniel 3:17-18).
Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego are still heroes today after thousands of years have passed when they demonstrated that unwavering and permanent faith in God. And the faith of the Disciples of Christ could not be stampeded or quenched by the Romans, Pharisees, Scribes and teachers of the law and all the threats and actual atrocities against them. Their faith lasted till they received what they believed and the mission of establishing the church was accomplished. They all died holding onto what they believed; the resurrected Jesus in Whom there is salvation for all! And this is one of their rewards that wherever faith is preached, their example is worthy of mention. Do not forget that the three Hebrew boys instantly received what they believed God for i.e. their God, our God, saved them from the fiery furnace alleluia! Indeed, receiving is the end of believing. Receiving is the outcome of faith. “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9).
One insight the Holy Ghost gave me about faith is that the believe in your heart must be unanimously and always manifested by your tongue, your heart and your mind; none should contradict the other.
When the Lord Jesus called me to “Disciple Him and make Him Disciples”, He gave me many gifts and one of them is (He called it) ‘stubborn faith“. It simply means stubborn faith, I cannot explain it more. Do you too not need this kind of faith? you know what to do (James 1:5).
This was the kind of faith that all the Disciples of Jesus Christ demonstrated after their Master ascended to heaven and left them with the charge to make disciples of all nations and establish the church everywhere. And a permanent subscription to believe God no matter what, was what got the church established in the face of the fiercest opposition one can imagine.
I challenge you to let your faith in God be your permanent way of life then you too can achieve what the Disciples of Jesus Christ and the other generals of faith throughout history accomplished.