We established the fact that this quest for wholeness is a daily journey with Jesus. Now let’s identify necessary components of this quest and journey. The foundational component in our quest for wholeness is faith. Faith is the essence of who we are, who we will become, and a required ingredient for true healing.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 is my prayer for you as you begin this quest:
Lord, I pray that You would count this sister worthy of Your calling and fulfill all the good pleasure of Your goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of Jesus be glorified in her according to Your grace. And dear Lord fill her with faith in the quest. In the most blessed name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Take a moment to pray in agreement with me and ask Jesus to prepare your mind and heart to receive His words knowing that His word changes our life for the better.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Read the hall of faith chapter, Hebrews 11 expecting a word from God as you read.
Here is a link to Hebrews 11: http://www.biblestudytools.com/nkjv/hebrews/11.html
Can you believe the incredible things God did in lives filled with faith in Him? God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He wants to do incredible things in your life too. Jesus said nothing would be impossible if we have the faith of a tiny mustard seed, (Matt. 17:20).
What was your word from God? Did something stand out and cause you to pause and ponder a moment?
I must confess that there are a few verses I would love to remove. How like our human nature to long to eliminate the uncomfortable. The one thing I did not want to face ended up being my word from the Lord. I would love to pick something like Enoch and how he was taken away and did not see death. That is my kind of story. Just pass right on over all the tough stuff and make a beeline for the good. Yet God called my attention to the uncomfortable in verses 35-38.
Here is what grabbed my attention:
Vs. 35 – others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might
obtain a better resurrection.
Vs. 36 – Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of
chains and imprisonment.
Vs. 37 – They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were
slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and
goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—
Vs. 38 – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and
mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
Sometimes God has a reason for us to face something unpleasant. These are incredible stories of faith, extreme faith.
These were not half-hearted believers. They meant what they said. When they said they loved Jesus and He was Lord of their life, they took it to the extreme. God wants us to take our faith to the extreme. He wants us to be willing to live outside of comfortable because of our faith in Him. How does extreme faith make you feel?
Are you thinking, “That’s not me, I’m not extreme about anything.” I understand, but if God gave you the faith to live a more extreme life for Him, would you be willing? Can you say, “God, that’s not me, but if you want it to be, You give me the faith to do it.”? All He needs from you is the willingness to allow Him to work.
Which one of these statements best fits your level of willingness to live extreme in your faith journey?
- I’m not willing.
- I wish I were, but I’m not.
- I think I am willing, but unsure.
- I am willing, but afraid.
- I am willing and ready.
Wherever you are, remember, we are on a journey with Jesus to grow and experience God’s healing and our wholeness.
Look back to Hebrews 11:35 at the words, “not accepting deliverance.” Is that saying deliverance was there for them had they chosen to accept it? I think it does.
They had their eyes set on the joy set before them (Hebrews 12:2). They were looking beyond the moment and the pain. They weren’t caught up in their suffering but expected to receive something in heaven they could not fathom here on earth. God gave them all they needed, to do what they had chosen to do.
Dear Sister, what do you desperately need God to do or change in your life?
Let the words of Mark 9:23 be written on the tablet of your heart, memorize them, and think about how that truth can make a difference in your desperate situation.
Mark 9: 23
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.