The Test I Don't Despise
Day 7: January 12th, 2019
FAITH FOR MY NOW ~ THE TESTING OF FAITH
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect (mature) and complete, lacking nothing.” ~ James 1:2-4
In order to tap the endless resources of God, the believer must exercise faith by acting in obedience to God’s Word. As the Apostle Paul explained to the Romans: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17, NKJV We must remember that faith is not built on facts necessarily, facts support our faith. What truly builds a person’s faith is truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John 14:6. We will learn more about this as phase II continues
When one is prompted by the Word of God or by the leadership of the Holy Spirit, obedience to that prompting is an expression of faith. Such a response enables one to enter into partnership with God, and gives the assurance of success even though the end may not be in sight. When Noah was directed by God to build an ark, he obeyed by starting a project which lasted for 100 years. Noah had never experienced a flood, nor had he even seen rain, yet he obeyed with regard only for the Lord. Since the command of God came without a specific schedule, Noah had to believe and act accordingly because faith has no time limit. Hebrews 11:7 (NIV) says that Noah, “when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” The fear was not fright, but a deep and abiding respect for the Lord and a confidence in His Word.
Faith was the only reasonable response for Noah, as it is for us today. As we look to the future of our lives and our church we can’t see it perfectly, but we can know that God will honor our obedience to Him in the commitments we make.
Prayer Focus: Ask God this simple question. “Lord, what do You want me to do and what do You want CFTN.F to do in this First Fruits Season of Fasting?” Whatever His leading, prepare yourself to respond in faith.