Often times we quote our favorite victory scriptures and speak our declarations for the year, but have absolutely no faith behind what we are saying, they have become just words on a page. We know God CAN do anything because He’s the Almighty, but we secretly wonder, WILL He for me? Somewhere along the way doubt and hopelessness have snuck in.
Without faith, there is no power and expectancy in your prayers. Faith is the key in believing you will have what you are asking God for. Hebrews 11:1 in the Message says, “Faith is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.” Wow, isn’t that powerful?! Faith is what everything else is built on...hope, trust, expectancy, patience, etc.
I was reading in Romans 4 today about Abraham and how God spoke to him and told him he would be the father of many nations when at the time, he was unable to naturally have children, much less become a father to generations of children. Here’s what stood out to me while reading this chapter:
- Abraham hoped in faith
- Abraham did not weaken in faith
- Abraham did not allow unbelief or distrust to make him waiver
- Abraham did not doubtingly question the promise of God
- Abraham grew strong and was empowered by faith
- Abraham gave praise and glory to God (before he ever saw the manifestation of what God told him)
- Abraham was fully satisfied and assured that GOD WAS ABLE and mighty to keep His word and do what He had promised.
Spend time reading over these points and insert your name where Abraham’s is, ”Jerriann, hoped in faith, Jerriann did not weaken in faith...” You get the idea! When doubt tries to creep in and tell you “there is no way your prayers will be answered,” begin to say these confessions out loud until faith rises and grows big in your heart, eventually replacing the doubt!
Begin to thank God in advance for what He is going to do in your life...thank Him that you have all the money you need to pay your bills, thank Him that your marriage is restored, thank Him for your healing, thank Him that your children will make Godly decisions. Thanksgiving is the highest expression of faith! It says, “I may not see it now, but I know it’s coming and I just want go ahead, Lord, and thank you in advance!”
Remember He is a loving Father and is not the one withholding anything from you. Satan is your enemy and the one out to rob you and take from you everything God has already promised. He always wants you questioning and doubting God, which causes you to waiver in your faith. Don’t fall for it!
Remain strong and convinced that GOD IS ABLE AND HE WILL...it’s just a matter of time!
I leave you with this powerful scripture from John 11:40, Jesus speaking, “Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?”