Many of us enter into prayer, in faith, totally believing God for our request.
However, at the first sound of bad news, our faith falters – how does this happen and what do we do about it?
Faith is a funny thing. It is so very simple – it means we trust God. Yet it is so very complex as well. For it also means, no matter what we see, hear, feel or even imagine, we continue to stand firm and trust God. We show that trust through our actions and our words. It is those same actions and words that will reveal our hearts if we are not truly walking in faith. What do I mean by that? Our words are the expression of our heart. Whatever is in our heart will come out of our mouth.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)
You know that old saying, ‘the truth always comes out,’ well it usually comes right out of our mouth. Therefore, if you are questioning whether you are really standing in faith or not, check your words, see what is coming out of your mouth.
I remember when my dad had cancer, in the very beginning I would say, “Daddy, God still heals today and he will heal you.” He would respond, “I sure hope so.” I knew he didn’t really believe God would heal him; it was obvious in his words. He wasn’t standing on a biblical hope but a ‘I wish it would happen.’ There was no faith in that. For him, he had no biblical foundation to stand on and that is something we all must have if we are going to stand in faith and refuse to waver.
Wavering is not good. James 4:6 says, But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. Tossed and driven by the wind, what does that mean?
It means every negative thought, word or action will cause you to be moved and tossed about. The next verse tells us what God says about such a person. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (v.7)
We must stop wavering – how do we do that?
Go back to the basics. Build your firm foundation. Immerse yourself in the Word of God concerning whatever you are standing on. Feed that Word into your soul and your heart every day, every day, every single day. Pray. When you don’t know what else to pray, pray in the Spirit.
If you want to receive what you are asking God for, you must press into God. Dig into His Word and refuse to let it go. If you are not willing to do that, you may never see the answer to your problem BUT if you are willing to do that…you have a promise…
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Heb 10:23)
I often get emails from people who want me to look up a scripture for whatever they are standing in faith for. I don’t mind doing that, as I have time. However, if you are not willing to search out the scriptures for what you are believing God for, you probably won’t stand in faith for it when things get hard. We must be willing to do the work.
Jesus has already done everything else for us. It was all paid in full at the cross; healing, prosperity, soundness of mind, peace, deliverance. All those things and more belong to us, but we must possess them. That part is up to us. That is our work, and we must do the work.
I don’t know what you are standing in faith for today but this I do know, we serve a revealing Jesus and He will reveal our hearts if we are not standing in faith. He will let us know if we are wavering. Why? Because He wants us to lay hold of our promises even more than we do. What a wonderful God we serve!