Faith

Have you ever been confronted with “Do you have enough faith?” I am not sure if any of us really have enough faith, but the Bible says, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) Years ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A woman in the church came to me and said, “You don’t have enough faith or God would heal you.” I put off getting surgery for quite a while to see if God would heal me. However, when healing did not come, I had surgery. I share this because sometime people can throw a guilt trip on those who have physical issues. But, God chooses various ways to heal us. It is important for us to have faith and realize that God’s ways are not our ways! They are higher! In my case, both the doctor and the nurse got to hear the Gospel.

Here are a few thoughts that may be helpful for you this day:
1. We are never ready or have enough faith to do all that the Lord directs us to do. We can always find an excuse for not being ready to exercise faith and miss the blessing.
2. The definition of faith comes from Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evident of things not seen.” Things hoped for; if we are not sure of what we hope for, it certainly becomes the opposite of faith.
3. To increase in faith is like the exercising of a muscle – Romans 8:17, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”
4. Each one of us has been given a certain “measure of faith,” Romans 12:3.
5. Faith is also “the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8b.
6. Lastly, “the just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38.

So, the conclusion is this – please the Lord by walking by faith, trusting in Him and being blessed in your journey.

Jesus loves you, Pastor Roger Stahlhut