In a time when many followers of God are offended in Him and are turning away and deserting God because of the Word and through unbelief, I pray that your response will be like that of Simon Peter who said,
“Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”- John 6:68-69 NLT.
I pray for grace to continue in faith in Jesus name. My prayer for you is that your faith will not fail in Jesus name.
Read John 6:22-71 for context.
There you see that the disciples that left Jesus left because they found it hard to understand the word. (John 6:60). Some of the people that were listening did not believe Jesus. (John 6:64).
Unbelief causes people to turn away from God.
“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;”- Hebrews 3:12 NKJV
Yesterday my brother, Rev Ade Adefala shared Hebrews 11:3 which says “by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”-Hebrews 11:3 NKJV
Although this wasn’t his main point this line struck me “BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND!”
Right there in the middle of Praise I said God give us faith to understand!
This year I have spoken to more people who have stepped back from God just because they didn’t understand what was going on. I have to admit that I too have been guilty of being like “errr what’s happening!”
But today I pray for you like I pray for myself, that we receive the faith to understand. Understanding here isn’t head knowledge but revelation.
Like the sons of Issachar we will be those that understand our times so we will know what to do. (1 Chronicles 12:32).
Remember wisdom is the principal thing there get wisdom but in all your getting, get understanding! (Proverbs 4:7).
I’m reminded of part of Billy Graham’s story which happened after he became an evangelist. He had already been preaching! (This made me feel better about all the doubt I had).
Back to Billy Graham. He was in his early 30s and things were not going the way he thought it should. He even started to question whether he believed the bible he was preaching from! (Yup! I’ve been there!).
His grandson wrote and I quote “One night at Forest Home, he walked out into the woods and set his Bible on a stump – more an altar than a pulpit – and he cried out:
“O God! There are many things in this book I do not understand. There are many problems with it for which I have no solution. There are many seeming contradictions. There are some areas in it that do not seem to correlate with modern science. I can’t answer some of the philosophical and psychological questions Chuck and others are raising.
And then, my grandfather fell to his knees and the Holy Spirit moved in him as he said, “Father, I am going to accept this as Thy Word—by faith! I’m going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word!”
My granddaddy wrote in his autobiography that as he stood up his eyes stung with tears, but he felt the power and presence of God in a way he hadn’t in months. “A major bridge had been crossed,” he said.”
The next time He ministered, a lady called Henrietta Mears stated he “preached with authority” she had not seen before.
Could it be that the confidence and authority to which you use the word is affected because of the doubts you have?
What are you doing about the doubt?
I’m reminded of Thomas famously known as doubting Thomas. While he has been criticised a lot in history I have to say I commend him. I commend him because although he had doubts HE STAYED!
John 20:26 says “A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
You see, although he had doubts, he stayed and when he stayed he also had an encounter with Christ when He appeared.
Don’t let your doubts move you out of God. Stay! Be honest about them but stay!
What was amazing is Jesus knowing Thomas doubt positioned Himself in a way where Thomas could touch Him.
After Thomas encountered God, he came into a revelation of God and called Him “My Lord and my God!” (That shows a personal relationship).
What a loving God!
Yes it’s better to believe before you see! That’s scripture! John 20:29.
But God is the best one to help us in the areas of unbelief.
My hashtag for the week is #Iwontstagger. (I know it’s cheesy).
Taken from Romans 4:20-21.
“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.”
To stagger means to move unsteadily as if about to fall! That’s not what God wants for us because according to 1 Corinthians 1:24 “by faith we stand!”
Feel free to join in this week’s faith boost.. post a picture on your social media and hashtag #Iwontstagger. Kindly tag me in your post and let’s keep ourselves encouraged in the Lord!
We are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.
We build up ourselves in our most holy faith!
This week.. live by faith, walk by faith, stand by faith and understand by faith!