Recently, I was at a Bible study class where the teacher was discussing faith.  She made a couple of comments that gave me pause.  While she was correct in stating that faith is sometimes about trust without having seen the evidence or the manifestation that proves what we are believing (Hebrews 11:1), she was incorrect in suggesting that faith is ALWAYS about blindly trusting.  There certainly are moments of blind trust, but there are also many moments in which we see the fruition of prayers and in which God shows us that He is very real and that He has complete control over all events in life if He wishes as He answers our prayers in a concrete manner.  The moment of salvation, the moment of our new birth, when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, is one of those moments of blind trust as we invite Him into our hearts even though we do not fully understand the magnitude of what we are doing at the time.  But this is the tiny mustard seed of faith that God plants within our souls at the moment of salvation, the seemingly tiny act of trusting in Him and accepting His Plan for Salvation.  That tiny act unleashes spiritual power in our lives and on the lives of those around us as He gives us access from there on to all of His incredible power. 

Once we enter into covenant relationship with Our Creator through His Chosen Door, His Glorious Son Jesus, we are then His spiritual children.  And He loves us so much that He can’t wait to enact His Plans for us that He knows will bless us, make us into better people, give us a satisfying life, and make us a blessing to all others that we come into contact with.  This is the "abundant life" spoken of in John 10:10.  There are, however, moments when God will require us to have blind trust in Him, to submit to His Way as He executes His unique, individual plan for our life, develops our character, or builds our faith in Him.  But the truths that God communicates to us also have concrete, real-life manifestations if we put Him to the test.  Yes, we can “test” God if our hearts are sincere, if we really desire to trust in Him but just can’t get past some spiritual stronghold or some thought or belief that is in the way.  Malachi 3:10 challenges us to test God in His promise of blessing to those that give Him a tithe (one tenth) of their earnings.  But there are other verses in the Bible where God allows people sincerely seeking Him to test Him.  If we are not sincerely seeking Him, perhaps pridefully and sarcastically trying to prove that God does not exist, then He will not respond to our sinful attitude.  But if our hearts are humble, and we just need some sign to prove that it is God who is speaking to us and asking us to do something that may seem crazy, He invites us to challenge Him with some kind of sign. 

He is indulgently willing to allow us to challenge Him and ask for proof in some kind of sign so long as we are truly seeking Him and wish to obey whatever He is asking us to do.  This is exactly what happened when Gideon was told by God that Israel would be delivered with Gideon leading the way in his nation’s deliverance.  Gideon was a little weak in His faith and had a hard time believing that God was going to perform such a tremendous act through him.  Perhaps Gideon, being a humble man, found it too hard to believe that God would do such a tremendous thing through him.  Perhaps he was like many of us are, knowing what a flawed instrument we truly are, and not having enough faith that God can and does do great things through very flawed instruments.  So, perhaps that was why Gideon asked God to perform the miracles of the wet and dry fleece.  This is the real story of the Bible.  It is not a story of what God did through great people.  It is a story of what great things God does in spite of working through very flawed people.  We are all inherently flawed instruments.  But in God’s hands, in the hands of the Master, He can do wondrous things through us – not because we are great, but because He is Great and All-Powerful.  If He chooses to work through flawed instruments like us, then all the glory goes to Him, just as He deserves all glory for being the Tremendously Loving, Majestic God that He Is. 

I pray that, today, you will come to know this Tremendously Powerful God personally through His Glorious Son Jesus, if you do not already know them personally.  If you are already saved by Jesus and walking in fellowship with God, then I pray that you will personally experience in a real and concrete manner the tremendous miracle of God working through you. 

 


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10/13/2016 1:38am

That is how much faith one should always have on God. Now I am going to get an essay writer working on my research papers so I can live my life to the fullest.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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