When you’re drowning, you need to be rescued not have someone offer to give you swimming lessons! We all know that but let’s apply it to the spiritual side of our lives.
When you’re having a problem, that’s not the time to try developing your faith. If you’re not already there, you need help from others who are strong in faith to help you out. And as I say often, just shooting up a prayer and hoping it sticks just won’t cut it. Neither will fearful and scared prayers work. Begging God won’t work either because that just indicates unbelief and God doesn’t respond to unbelief. Unbelief negates your faith and gives you no results.
So, what’s the answer to this situation? Glad you asked.
As you know, faith is what pleases God and without it you can’t please Him or get your prayers answered. Too many times, people want God’s help but they don’t want Him! That’s appalling! You can’t have one without the other. If you want God on your side, you have to want Him.
Your relationship with God depends on your being born-again and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. But your fellowship with God is how your get along with Him and that, dear friends, involves getting into His Word and fellowshipping with Him that way. God and His word are ONE! If you love God, you have to love His Word. If you don’t love His Word, I question if you really love Him because they are One and the way you get to know Him is through His Word.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Notice that when you ask according to God’s Word, He hears you and you get the petitions you’ve requested. However, you can’t pray according to His Word if you don’t know it or don’t believe it! I think that is perfectly clear but most Christians miss it because they think they can pray any ol’ way and God will answer! Not so!
Brothers and sisters, God is not our problem. We are our own problem. We have to get serious about the things of the Lord and His Word and prepare ourselves for these times. We can’t get caught off-guard when the world is teetering on the verge of total shut-down because of the evil the devil that has been perpetrated against us. We, as born-again, spirit-filled, Bible-believing Christians should be leading the victory parade and demonstrating to the world that our God reigns. But, sadly, many if not most, Christians are in the same boat as the unbelievers. How can we tell others to trust in the Living God if we’re not doing that ourselves and getting results?
We need to walk in the supernatural as naturally as we walk in the natural realm because we are spirit beings in a flesh body. God never intended for us to walk as mere human beings, excluding the supernatural. How else can we demonstrate to the world that our God lives?
John 14:12-14 (KJV) 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Jesus told us that we would do the same works that He did.
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
As you can see, we are to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils. How often do you see this happening? I rest my case!
The devil is going to continue doing his dirty work ’til Jesus comes back but that’s not really the problem. God has given us all the weapons we need to defeat him in our lives but we are the ones who have to do it. We can’t ask God to do it because He has already given us the dominion mandate to subdue the devil.
Genesis 1:26 (KJV) 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
You see, the ball is in our park. We are the ones with dominion but we have to rise up and use our God-given authority, submit to God, resist the devil, and he will absolutely flee – run in terror!
I know many “believing” Christians have taken authority over the Covid-19 virus and commanded it to wither and die at the roots. But, what if ALL the Christians were truly believing and took authority over it, what would the result be? I know it doesn’t take a multitude of pray-ers to accomplish the task but I also know that unbelief can hinder the results. Even Jesus couldn’t do many miracles in certain towns, even His own town, because of their unbelief!
Mark 6:5-6 (KJV) 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
Let’s use our time wisely and purpose in our hearts to get serious about learning God’s Word and putting it into practice. Then we can truly be an asset and not a liability. Let’s show the world that our God reigns and that Jesus is Lord!
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Mark 11:22-24 (KJV) 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.