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I Always Smile When Someone Tells Me He or She Has No Faith

Everyone lives by faith to a certain extent. When you go to a doctor, you need faith to trust his diagnosis. When the pharmacy fills your prescription, you have faith that you’ll receive the appropriate medicine. When you eat at a restaurant, you trust that the people serving you have not contaminated or poisoned the food. (Some restaurants require more faith than others.) Every day is a walk of faith on some level. Everyone believes in something. “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

We choose what we will believe in. Some people choose to believe in themselves, some in government, some in evil, some in science, some in the newspaper, some in hard work, some in other people, and some in God. The only person I have ever known who didn’t believe in anything ended up in a mental hospital because it drove her crazy. Faith is something we can’t live without.

Faith is something we can’t die without either. Our faith determines what happens to us after we leave this world. If you have faith in Jesus ,you know that your eternal future is secure.

That’s because “the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). In other words, if the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He will raise you up as well. Having certainty about what happens to us when we die will greatly affect how we live today. Confidence in our eternal future gives us a perspective on living in the present that is laced with confidence as well.

Here’s a scary thought! When healing some blind men, Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29). Doesn’t that make you want to reevaluate your level of trust in God? The good news is that this means we have a certain amount of control over our lives and can, to some extent, determine how things are going to turn out for us. Our lives don’t have to be left up to chance, or allowed to go flapping in the breeze according to whatever wind is blowing at the moment. Our faith will help determine our outcome.

We all have times of doubt. Even Jesus wondered why God had forsaken Him. It wasn’t that He doubted God’s existence or ability to come to His rescue. He just didn’t expect to feel forsaken. Sometimes we don’t doubt God’s existence, or whether He is able to help us, we just doubt His desire to have any immediate impact on our lives. Surely He is too busy for my problems, we think. But the truth is, He’s not.

Does your husband have times of doubt? If so, your prayers for him to have ever increasing faith will make a big difference in his life. Even if he doesn’t know the Lord, you can still pray for faith to rise in his heart and look for an improvement in his level of peace. There is nothing in your husband’s life that can’t be conquered or positively affected with an added measure of faith in God. Jesus said of any man who has faith to believe in Him, “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). That alone can be enough to wash away a lifetime of pain, trouble, fear, sorrow, apathy, hopelessness, failure, and doubt. Shall we pray? 

Prayer

Lord, I pray that You will give (husband’s name) an added measure of faith today. Enlarge his ability to believe in You, Your Word, Your promises, Your ways, and Your power. Put a longing in His heart to talk with You and hear Your voice. Give him an understanding of what it means to bask in Your presence and not just ask for things. May he seek You, rely totally upon You, be led by You, put You first, and acknowledge You in everything he does.

Lord, You’ve said that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Feed his soul with Your Word so his faith grows big enough to believe that with You all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Give him unfailing certainty that what You’ve promised to do, You will do (Romans 4:21). Make his faith a shield of protection. Put it into action to move the mountains in his life. Your Word says, “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17); I pray that he will live the kind of faith filled life You’ve called us all to experience. May he know with complete certainty “how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You” (Psalm 31:19).

In Jesus’ name I pray.

 

POWER TOOLS

Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways.

JAMES 1:6-8

Whatever is not from faith is sin.

ROMANS 14:23

If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

MATTHEW 17:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but

Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

GALATIANS 2:20

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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