I mentioned that I have been studying the Bible study, Believing God by Beth Moore. I thought today for the Wednesday Wisdom Well I would share some of my favorite excerpts on the subject of faith:
**”Our glorious faith walk began with an act of faith that brought us into relationship with Jesus Christ as our Savior, but it doesn’t end there! Having believed in Him, we are called to continue believing all He came to do and say! Tragically, some who have believed in Christ have believed little of Him since. He who began a work in us wants to accomplish far more. God is calling us to leave the passive life bred by a past-tense view of faith and participate in present-active-participle believing! ["When you see a present active participle Greek verb, you can think of the word continually preceding the verb."] …God exerts incomparable power in the lives of those who continue believing Him. Nothing on earth compares to the strength God willingly interjects into the lives caught in the act of believing…Scripture is stacked with truths and promises we are invited to personally apply and believe God to fulfill in our lives. The Bible bulges with opportunities to be caught in the act of believing God.” (pages 10-11)
**”Our call to prioritize God and our faith in Him through Jesus Christ is reciprocated in stunning ways certainly not owed to us…God has already promised that when we seek Him, we will find Him. Is that not enough? Do we need rewards as well? And yet He promises! (Hebrews 11:6)…God’s pleasure is the end. Our faith is the means. You and I are invited to believe God. The eye-opening news may be that we can also believe Him for a reward, as long as the desire for reward doesn’t exceed our desire for Him personally. Sooner or later, Dear One, your God-seeking faith will be rewarded. You will never outspend God.” (page 15)
**”Though God makes countless merciful expectations, He still reserves the right to supernaturally respond most readily to faith. Remember what we’ve learned: faith fills the gap between our theology and our reality. Much of the body of Christ is paralyzed by unbelief. Our unbelief has likely ushered us into a frustrating, disabling cycle: we believe little, so we see little, so we continue to believe little and see little…God is not offended by our requests for supernatural intervention. On the contrary, God is pleased when we exercise faith. God is offended when our desire for signs and wonders eclipses our desire for Him or becomes a request for God to prove Himself.” (page 49)
**Dear One, we can’t let our fear that God may not affirmatively answer our every prayer keep us from praying! No, we’re not likely to get everything we ask. You will be hard pressed to find anyone in Scripture who did. Including Christ. Check out the garden of Gethsemane. What if these men of God hasn’t asked anything because they couldn’t have everything? Can you imagine the loss? As we pray fervently and faithfully, we will experience many astounding and affirmative answers. Pray on, Beloved!” (page 67)
**”Few of us will escape a painful opportunity to be offended with Christ. I have little doubt it is part of the believer’s life test…At times we’ll be tempted to think, If Christ is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do, and I am His beloved, why isn’t He coming through for me? Is it our insignificance? Is He too busy to notice? Or is the situation simply not critical to the overall plan? Are we or is our loved one simply dispensable? Blessed are we when we could be offended and choose with every shred of tattered faith not to be...Will we not ask because we are afraid of being offended? Embarrassed? Disappointed? Or will we ask, knowing that He is able but trusting that He is good if He doesn’t act? Blessed are we if we are not offended with Jesus.” (page 70)
May we believe God is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do!