“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
What a time we live in! Let’s move out in faith and apprehend the heart of God! He has plans that far exceed what we can imagine…
I. Faith & Faithfulness
The Gift of Faith
Faith is a gift from God. (Rom. 12:3) Just like anything that the Lord gives to us, we simply receive it from Him. We cannot work for it. It is all by His grace that we are entrusted with the glories of heaven. Once this faith is planted in our hearts it is up to us to do something with it. He has already made us worthy by His blood to be ambassadors of His Kingdom. (Rev. 1:6) So we can completely rest, trust and rely on His righteousness clothing us and causing us to have victory in every area.
Everything and anything good comes down from the Father of lights. (James 1:17) All we have been blessed with is from His hand. Our part is to be faithful with what He has given. All who follow Him want to hear the Lord say, “Well done! Good and faithful servant.” These are the greatest words that we could possible hear when we meet Him face to face. The Lord entrusts us with certain gifts, talents and callings. When we are faithful with these things He finds us good stewards of what He has entrusted to us. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb. 11:6) Yet he has given to each of us that measure of faith. He has also given us His Word that is the seed that causes faith to be added in our hearts. In our intimacy with Him we hear His directive voice for each of our lives – that also adds another layer of faith within us. Our response is to now use the faith that we have been given that His Kingdom be established in hearts and in the earth.
II. Co-Laborers with Jesus
“Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
It is true that all we are engaged in is to be to the glory of God. It is all about Him. But God is so good that He really wants us in on the deal. He has made us to be joint heirs, sons and daughters and co-laborers with Christ in the earth. (Rom. 8:17) The Lord calls us His “brothers”! Wow! He has made us qualified to be the vessels of His glory and power. We hare the habitations of the Living God here to establish His habitation in the hearts of men and in the earth. God is all about taking dominion. As it has been sung – Power and glory and honor and DOMINION is Yours Oh Lord! (Jude 25) God wants to take dominion in you and me and everyone else that you see. He loves to take dominion! He is willing, able and ready to establish His Kingdom in the earth. He desires to take dominion in us and through us! So it is all about Him, but we also have a role to play and a part to fulfill. And without are playing our part the picture is incomplete. So it is time to be serious about the role we play, and seriously be saturated in His glory so that we may shine!
“But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
In faith we move forward. There is action associated with true faith. There is movement. There is focus. No one is fit for the Kingdom of God who puts his hand to the plow then looks back. That is not focus. There is a goal and there is a prize. God does have an expectation of us. Jesus had and expectation of His disciples. We see Him in the boat in Galilee with His disciples. He asked, “Where is your faith?” He had an expectation of them. Faith was that expectation. He said it was “their faith” For it was in their possession
But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled.
Because once a gift is given it is no longer the person’s who gave it. It is now the person’s who received the gift. Be it according to “your faith”. So while we are not to boast in our faith, we are to use it. Just for the fact that we are created in the image and likeness of God there is faith in our DNA, even if we don’t know the Lord. For every man has been given the measure of faith to believe in God.
God Plus Me
But in this hour, as in every hour, it is time for us to use the faith that God has given to us. Let us be like little children in regards to faith. A child thinks in simple terms. There is no technicality. One plus one equals two. God plus me equals victory! That is the mindset we are called to, sweet and simple victory, even our faith. Those who know their God will be strong and do great exploits. This is the time for exploits. Move beyond your comfort zone into the God zone! When we move into the God Zone, God is required to overcome in this zone and He gets all the glory!
The Resting Place
Faith is a resting place. Let us enter the rest of faith. May we be like Jesus in regards to knowing the Father’s heart. Jesus was sleeping in the boat when the storm came. Take hold of that heart that is found in Jesus, that is found in the Father’s rest. It is not about all the things we can do even though there are things to do. It is about knowing, trusting and believing that God is greater than all. When we are no longer afraid to fall, we can find rest and peace in the midst of it all. Peace like a river is our inheritance and victory is the inevitable conclusion to our faith!
1 John 5:4
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.”