By: Lakeacha Bethea-Christmas
How many times have you found yourself in an uncomfortable situation wondering how will you get through yet another rough patch? You prayed and gave the situation to God only to pick it back up because God was not moving fast enough? Well, if this sounds like you, the answer is – you have wavering faith.
Faith is a key to tapping in to God’s power. Often times we claim to have faith, yet at the first sign of trouble we start doubting God. When we start doubting, we move from the Spirit and into the flesh. The flesh wants us to believe that God will not deliver upon His promises because He has not granted us what we have asked for in our time. Our flesh tries to deceive our minds into stepping in to HELP God. Newsflash – God does not need our help.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) defines Faith as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” God does not operate in the tangible things of the world. If we can see it, touch it, hear it or smell it then what is there for God to do in the situation? God operates in the Spirit, which is intangible. He works in the things we can only hope for, which forces us to put our total and complete trust in God. Now, understand, God requires certain actions from us before He works in our situations.
He requires us to seek Him. Matthew 6:33 (NIV) says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” He is not a genie in a bottle. We cannot rub the bible, and then He pops out and grants our wishes. We must have a relationship with Him. God made us in His image; therefore, He requires us to spend time getting to know Him the way we require someone to get to know us before we hand over our love, affection and possessions.
The next action is to trust God. Psalm 37:3-7 says “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…” Having faith is having trust in God. We must trust that He is working on our behalf in our circumstances. Although it says to be still, we are still required to seek God on a continual basis and praise God in advance for the manifestation of His blessings.
The biggest requirement is what NOT to do – do not doubt. In Matthew 21:21 (NIV) Jesus says “…if you have faith and do not doubt…you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea and it will be done.” Of course, the mountain symbolizes that no problem or circumstance is too big for us through God. When we make up our minds to give Him full control, He will begin to meet our needs.