Abraham the Man of Faith-Doubted

Genesis 12:1, 2, 3, 12

Abraham was not very different in a sense, than we are in our faith in God, because although he had a strong faith in God and his promises, he had an occasion, where he really did not believe what God had promised him, and he was afraid, that he will lose his life, as we read, in the book of Genesis chapter 12.

Now, when we read Genesis 12:1, 2, 3, we can see very clearly, that God had already promised Abraham, that he will make him into a great nation. And then, we go to verse 12 in the same chapter, and we see the fearful Abraham, who was in Egypt with his wife, and was scared to death, because he thought, the Egyptians will kill him, and take his wife for themselves.

Now, that kind of fear in the heart of Abraham, displays only one thing, lack in trust in God’s protection, and lack in faith, in what God has already promised him, in Genesis 12, 1, 2, 3. If Abraham really believed the promises of God, which are written in Genesis 12:1, 2, 3, then he would certainly, not be afraid about losing his life, and his wife too, because the very promises of God, would encourage him to continue to believe God, that everything will be fine, with himself and his wife.

In contrast, we can read in Romans 4:18-21, that Abraham is displayed, as the great man of faith, who believed the promise of God, that his wife will have a child, in her old age. That description of the strong faith of Abraham, in the promise of God, is powerful. And yet, although Abraham knew his God and trusted him, he had his moments, of doubting the promises of God which were personally for himself, and was afraid of losing his life, in Genesis 12:12.

So sometimes if we catch ourselves, doing a similar thing like Abraham, doubting the promises of God for ourselves, let us not beat ourselves up, and let us not feel miserable and hopeless, but let us remind ourselves that there is always chance for us, to start believing God for his promises, just as we should.

Shall I Come and Heal Him?

You know, it is not enough for us Christians, to just want a healing or anything else from God. God wants to see, that we demonstrate our faith somehow. One thing is to believe, but entirely other thing is to act on your faith.

When we read Matthew 8:6,7, we can see, that there is a questions, which Jesus asked the centurion. Now, did not Jesus know, that all that the centurion wanted, is for Jesus to heal his servant. Of course, he knew, because the centurion has already told him so. But despite the fact, that Jesus knew what is the problem with the servant of the centurion, and what that centurion wanted Jesus to do for him, he still asked the centurion that question ‘Shall I come and heal him’? Was that question necessary? Well according to the centurion, probably not, but according to God, yes.

You see, God wants us to not only believe his Word and his promises, but to also act on our faith. God wants us to confess our faith in him and his Word, just like the centurion did, by saying to Jesus, to just say the Word, and his servant would be healed, in verses 8, and 9.

If Jesus did not ask the centurion that question, if he should go to the place of the centurion, and heal his servant, perhaps the centurion would not make those great statements of faith, before Jesus, which he made in verses 8, and 9. What the centurion said in the verses 8 and 9, was pure faith in what Jesus can do for him, pure faith and a confession of faith in the miraculous from God.

That is why Jesus was amazed at his faith, and commented that the faith of the centurion is a great faith. 

God could ask us a question, to test our faith, before he gives us a miracle, in order to see our response, if it will be a response of a great faith, which will glorify God, and will bring the miraculous, or it would be a lack of faith, which will be like a handbrake for the miracle from heaven. And all that is left, is up to us, how we want to respond to the promises of God. 

The Word of God is Living and Active

We as Christians, in our daily devotionals, read the Word of God, and meditate on it. We do it, first of all, because Jesus said that man shall not live with bread alone, but with every word, that proceeds from the mouth of God.

You see, our bodies need feeding every day, in order to live and grow. Our spirit and our soul, also need the food from heaven, in order to live and grow in the things of God. The only way we can overcome things in this messed up world, is by our faith, because the Bible says that we have overcome the world, by our faith. But our faith, can not be strong enough, to overcome the things in this world, which are going against the will of God, if our soul and spirit, are not fed and strengthened, by the Word of God.

The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12, that the Word of God is living and active, separating soul and spirit, and judging the attitudes and thoughts of the heart. Now notice, it says the thoughts and the attitudes of the heart, not of the mind. That is important! Why? Because Christianity is first of all, a matter of the heart. With the heart we believe in God, and our heart or spirit, is born again, not our mind. Out connection with heaven, is first of all in our heart, and not our mind, because the Holy Spirit, is in our hearts, according to the Scriptures.

The Word of God is living and active, but unless it is in our hearts, how can it be living and acting in us? We have to make sure, that we get the Word of God in our hearts, so that it can be living and active inside of our hearts, or our born again spirit. But how do we get the Word of God to be in our hearts? First of all, we transform our minds, with the Word of God, just as Romans 12:1, 2 says. Then when we transform our minds regularly, with reading the Word of God, eventually, the Word of God, will be in our hearts too. But it first enters in us, through our hearts.

Once the Word of God gets into our hearts, then because it is living and active, it will first of all, judge our thoughts and attitudes, in order to make our hearts and minds, to align more with heaven. The more of the Word of God we have in our hearts, the more living and active it will be inside of us, and the more living and acting it will be in our lives too.

Jesus said that the mouth speaks what the heart is full with. The more of the Word of God we store in our hearts, the more of the Word of God will come out of our mouth, in our daily conversations. And vice versa. The the less of the Word of God we store in our hearts, the more of this world, will come of our mouths, and that would definitely not be living and active, but will be burning and dying.

The more of the Word of God in us, the more God can use that Word, and do miracles in our lives. God always uses our faith in his Word, to do a miracle. He just does not do a miracle, independent of our faith in his Word. That is why he gave us his Word on the first place, so that we believe in it. and by believing in it, it will be more living and acting in us, and through us, for his glory, and for our and other people’s blessing.

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Do Not Reason What God Says-John 11:39

We sometimes want to reason what God says about us or our situation. Martha said “but” to what Jesus said about Lazarus. She tried to reason it. Let us not say ‘but’ to God when he says something about our life or situation. Let us say a better ‘b’ word which is  believe.

Believe means we validate what God is saying. ‘But’ hurts the Holy Spirit because when we say ‘but’ to God, it shows that we doubt the validity, reality and the truth of what he is saying. Doubting God by saying ‘but’, is like we are saying that what he says is not true.

By us saying ‘but’ to God is like we are saying that there is another reality than that one which God is talking about, and that other reality is our own reasoning. God will never accept the ‘but’ word, because it enthrones our ‘reality’ rather than his.

He is trustworthy enough for us to accept what he is saying without the ‘but’ because we even come to him for everything by faith  and not by reason. Our reason is too shallow to grasp everything he says or has for us and he loves to be trusted. We cannot reason the things about God but we can believe them and experience them.

Trust God-Not People

Psalm 22:11

Very often, when we are in difficulty or suffering, we tend to rely on people for help first, and if we do not get help from people, then we think about going to God, asking him for help and trusting him, to help us.

For example, we often tend to go to the our Doctor first, for healing, if we are sick, and if it does not work, then we go to God, asking for healing.

But, we are commanded in the Bible to trust God, for he is our help, and to love people.

Let us not be preoccupied with trusting in people! We are commanded to love people! We are not commanded to trust them! We are commanded to trust God. 

When there is no one to help us, God is always there, because Jesus promised that he is always with us, and will never leave us or forsake us!