I wanted to add some points about faith, in line with our church’s preach last Sunday by Mike, based on Numbers 13. Thanks to Mike for the points here!
What I liked about what he said was its simplicity – I think it applies to us all. There is a moment just before faith kicks in, where we have a period of hope. We think God is going to do something, but we don’t know it yet. Then there are four steps to follow.
Step one Hear from God. We can have great ideas, but that’s not hearing from God. In Nu 13 He gives clear instructions to spy out the land of Canaan. When He’s spoken, then You can believe. We feel faith start to rise. It’s exciting to hear from God. We should not allow negative thoughts to dampen what God has said (e.g. doubt). God’s word is the seed that produces faith. Watch out for the cares, riches and pleasures of this life that stop that seed from growing (see Mark 4).
Step Two See the victory. This is often the hardest thing. We need to see the provision He has promised us from our inner being. You can only receive what you can see. Refuse to see depression, failure and the mountain of lack in front of you. We can see deliverance, healing, fruit, blessing, prosperity and the ability to overcome.
In Nu. 13 the spies saw the problems, the giants in the land. They put the giants in the way between them and God’s provision. Caleb said: “Let us go up and take possession, for we are well able to overcome.” Caleb and Joshua, even from the wilderness, saw the blessed future God had for them. We need to see how big God actually is. Nothing can stop God’s purposes.
2 Cor 5:17-21 speaks of us being God’s ambassadors, reconciling the world to Himself. We are significant people. Phil 3:9 says that righteousness comes through faith.
Step 3 – Saying. There must be confession. Mark 11:23 talks about casting mountains into the sea, and v.24 that we have anything that we ask for in His name. Notice also that Prov 18:21 says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Words of life produce life. Words of faith produce faith. Words of love produce love. The next verse in Proverbs says that we feed on the words that we speak.
Step 4 – Seizing. In the spiritual realm. But also in the physical realm. When you’ve been obedient to one step, God shows you the next. Faith grows each time. The challenge will increase in order for your faith to grow. The victory will be greater than before!
Faith is determined. The woman who bled for twelve years never gave up hope. Faith is confident. It refuses to bow to adversity. Faith sees God; it is trusting God. We need to get out of our comfort zones, and as we step out, we know he’ll keep us safe. (Find more King’s Gate talks on our website: http://www.thekingsgatechurch.co.uk/downloads.htm ).
I liked this preach because it was simple, and the principles are so solid in the Bible. Some of them align well with a talk I did a while back on hearing the voice of God. But I don’t know that I have necessarily moved too far in doing it – a little, maybe. I love it that the solid characters in the Bible – Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, Gideon… had gut-wrenchingly strong faith. They were real men (and women!). They didn’t pussyfoot around the instructions that they heard. Report for duty, and don’t bother to give God instructions. We have not SEEN with our eyes, how much God intends to bless us. We have not CONCEIVED the extent of the treasures and rewards He is longing to give to us. It’s gonna be so worth it.