1 – God is always right; He’s never wrong. Just as God’s Word has to be the final authority, the bottom line, the benchmark for all you do, so is the fact that God is always right. Therefore, no matter what the circumstances are telling you, it’s never God Who is at fault. He’s already provided, in His Word, the answer and solution for everything you’ll ever encounter in this life on planet earth. This has to be your mind set or else you’ll be heavily tempted to blame God when things don’t go the way you think they should.
Much too often, in fact most of the time, Christians are so ready to blame God when they don’t get the results they’re seeking. And it amazes me that they don’t even consider that they could be the problem or that the devil is somehow involved. Wrong thinking will keep you in a state of frustration, unbelief, and always wondering why God didn’t’ answer your prayers.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
2 – Another nugget that goes along with #1 is that when we pray in faith according to God’s Word, He always does His part. Now it’s time for us to do our part. Remember, there’s a God-part and a man-part. Too many Christians ignore this and expect God to do their part. It doesn’t work that way. Most of God’s promises are conditional upon us doing our part. Even in salvation, we have our part to do by actually reaching out and accepting what God has already freely provided through the Lord Jesus. We can’t do God’s part and He won’t do our part!
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.
3 – If you wait until you’re faced with a crisis to use your faith, it won’t be strong enough to get your desired results. You must start with little things first and proceed from there.
For example, you won’t be able to believe for healing from cancer if you’ve never believed God for healing of a headache, a cold, or minor aches and pains. Yes, it’s always God’s will to heal but you have to access that healing with your faith. And some would rather “pop” a pill than to study God’s Word on healing.
Faith has to be developed by putting the Word in your heart and acting on it. Mountain-moving faith is available to everyone who will put forth the effort of getting God’s Word in their heart.
Many Christians only have a cursory knowledge of God’s Word and when they have a problem, they shoot a pray and hope it sticks. Then when they don’t get the results they want, they lose heart and blame God. Actually, I think many don’t even expect to get their desired results because they’re living a defeated life of unanswered prayer.
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.
4 – You can’t microwave maturity nor can you leap frog over the steps to maturity. There are steps to spiritual maturity just like there are steps to physical maturity. Babies don’t start out walking on day one. They have to develop: crawling, walking, running. So it is with spiritual development – first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. You have to be able to jump two feet before you can jump ten feet!
Mark 4:28 (KJV) 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
5 – If you don’t start somewhere, you’ll never get anywhere! This is a good one because many Christians think they’re faith giants when they’ve never learned the basics. Just start where you are. There’s no shame in that. In fact, it’s humility to acknowledge that you don’t know everything! And here’s a news flash: you’re never going to know everything! Learning God’s Word is a life-long adventure. Enjoy the journey!
Desire the sincere milk of the Word of God (the basics) so that you can grow and get to a place where you can eat meat, and eventually strong meat!
1 Peter 2:2 (KJV) 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Hebrews 5:13-14 (KJV) 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.