by Pastor Tim Burt
Does God positively want good for you? Because if He does and He is God, then we should have great expectation which is exactly what faith is. Faith is expectation – you believe or expect something is or will be.
As Christians, we are often considered weird for having faith. “Why would you believe in something you can’t see” says the atheist. Says the little girl, “When was the last time you actually saw your brain? I guess that must not exist either!” Yes we do believe in what we can’t see. Why? Because God tells us that the things that we can see did not originate from this earthly realm we live in. They actually came from a place and source we can’t see. They come from God’s realm and were birthed or originated there by the faith filled spoken words of God. Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen." And in Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light…”
Jesus commended those that had faith and admonished those who let their minds of unbelief, override their hearts desire to have childlike faith. He even admonished His own disciples at various times. After Jesus’ resurrection, Thomas had boastfully declared his unbelief saying he wouldn’t believe Jesus was alive until he could see Him and put his fingers into Jesus wounds himself. A short time later Jesus appeared to Thomas and the disciples… John 20:27-29 “Jesus said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don't be faithless any longer. Believe!" "My Lord and my God!" Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven't seen me and believe anyway."
When we read the Bible and believe what it says and live accordingly, we are often thought of as crazy or weird but we’re not! We are and will be blessed for having faith in the Lord and His Word. Matthew 5:10 “God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
So then, what is it we believe that helps us know what God wants for us? We believe His Word and His promises! Romans 15:8-9 helps us take a hold of this truth. “Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises He made to their ancestors. And He came so the Gentiles might also give glory to God for His mercies to them…” These promises were a part of God’s covenant with His children. When you think of covenant, think of two things – an agreement and a inheritance. That means what is agreed upon (the promises of God) are true in the agreement (covenant) and are passed on through inheritance when someone dies. When Jesus died for us, that inheritance of promises was willed to us. Through Jesus Christ they reach forward into our lives to be taken a hold of by faith today! We see that in Galatians 3:29. “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians—you are one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.”
So, as we just read, “…now all the promises God gave to Abraham belong to you,” if that is the case, we better know two things. We better know what those promises are and how to take hold of them.
God's promises are expressed throughout the Bible. If you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you as you read, you will see almost every time you read. As you do, then remember that they only move from the realm of God into our lives through faith. That is why Hebrews 11:6 says to us, “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”Hebrews 11:1 gives us a review of what faith is supposed to accomplish saying, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.”
As each of us read through the Bible, we read with different challenges and obstacles at work in our lives. We have a diversity of needs and requests for help from God. Therefore God is going to speak the promise to your heart that builds your faith and expectation. As you grow in your faith, you will learn that His promises become more real than any circumstance you currently face. You will learn to stand strong in faith in His promise to you in the face of circumstances.
Noah was mocked for over 100 years while building an Ark. It had never even rained in the earth yet. People thought He was crazy. Moses' faith led all the Israelites out of Egypt to the edge of the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming chasing them. Jesus told Peter to go fish to get tax money from the fish of a mouth. Only “weird faith people” put themselves in this position because THEY DO believe God. Noah saw the rain come. Moses saw the Red Sea part. Peter got the money from the mouth of a fish.
It is important to know that God wants good for you. He wants you to believe in His promises and have an unmovable expectation that He will help you and lead you through any situation. If you see the promise, you have the opportunity to learn to walk by faith. You have the chance to walk on water like Peter did. Some will mock you but your faith will grow and God will bless you!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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