Be willing to learn as you go along
In good times and bad times, with multitude or with one, faith is needed in order to please God. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrew 11:6.
Our journey of faith is till the end of our time on earth, so brethren let us buckle ourselves firmly as we mount up with wings like eagles to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint.
I am encouraging us all to model our lives after our Saviour and Risen Lord Jesus and to be mentored by those whose lives are modelled after Him also. Not by those who talk the talk but who walk the walk.
I read in the scripture that Jesus learned obedience by the things which He suffered!
“As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”; who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obeyed Him…” Hebrew 5:6-9.
Beloved, if Christ learned obedience through suffering (“he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered” Message version), the journey of faith is not going to be full of roses even with that, we know that roses grow in the midst of thorns!
Faith has its origin in the word of God and the word of God will try us as it did Joseph. “Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.” Psalm 105:19. There are lessons to learn about the grace of God seeing us through every challenge and the favor of God accompanying us all the way.
Faith in God is not faith until it is tested and proven
Doubt will fight your belief to see that you do not act according to what you belief is of God. Life is not a bed of roses. Not everything that glitters is gold, as often said by my mother. Since our walk on earth as followers of Christ is rooted in faith. Remember “but without faith it is impossible to please God for those who come to God must believe hat He is God and a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him according to Hebrew 11:6.
The test is not in abundance. It is not in plenty. Anyone can praise God easily when you are rich. Anyone can rejoice when your bank account reads surplus and in credit and you can afford to give an offering without thinking of the consequence of giving the amount when bills are staring you in the face. Anyone can celebrate the goodness of The Lord when you can afford to take your family on summer holiday to Dubai, etc. Let us see you like Abraham give up your Isaac if your wife will not file a case against you. Let us hear you pass the test when the word of God tells you to FIRST pay off your church mortgage before you build your family house in your country of origin. I found out that it is easy for us all to quote the scripture about the obedience of Abraham and Isaac but not see ourselves in their obedience.
Anyone can praise God when they are healthy and everything is going well in their life. The test is to teach you lessons about the goodness of God is when the fig tree does not blossom, when you are down to your last meal and you are to serve the prophet first. When your only child you never asked for became sick and even died and you can still say “it is well” to the prophet of God.
It is in this testing period that we learn that God is still God regardless
When as a preacher you can stand before a crowd today and known in the city as a revivalist and all of a sudden you were taken to a town or a remote desert somewhere to minister to one man. Can you still believe God or even see His Hand in your movement?
When you are enjoying pastoring a city church in your town with salary big enough making anyone jealous of your status and income and The Lord released you to go to ’20/40 window’ to pioneer a new work where you will live only on daily provision (we often say “God forbid!”). How many of us are willing to resign from our salaried job where you are secured, to begin a journey of faith as self-employed on a business that will not yield returns to you immediately and you know without doubt that the good Lord had spoken to you concerning the business?
Beloved, if you never put your feet in the sea, how can you know you can walk on the water?
Along this journey of faith, we are to trust God in the abundance as well as in scarcity. We are to know that He is there with us always as He promised us.
Faith walk is a testing process. May we not fail Him!