Updated: Feb 13
You can’t trust someone who switches on you all the time. Nor, should you.
When you know a person is trustworthy, you believe, and even bank on anything they say as a done deal! You've probably done this several times in life; someone you trust says, they will do something, and you go ahead and make arrangements in advance, knowing that they'll make good on their word.
Well, having faith in God also requires that "whoever comes to God must believe that He is [that He exists....that would be a great start :-D] and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6.
I'm assuming that you're reading this because you believe God exists because all we write about is Him and how He relates with us. But, you may not necessarily believe that "He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" because you may have already sought HIm a couple of times in your life and He seemed to be nowhere to be found.
Could this be why you don't see results?
Could it be that you either think God is two-faced; He can smile, and be for you in one moment, then switch on you and condemn you the next?
Do you feel like you don't know where you stand with God so don't even know if your requests get heard, let alone hope to get an answer?
Do you feel like God has more "No" cards, than He does, "Yes"?
The entire scripture in Hebrews 11:6 reads,
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
Translation: if you don't believe God exists, it is impossible for you to receive from God. And if you don't believe that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him, it is impossible for you to receive from God.
That's messed up!
If you have not believed that God would reward, answer, grant you what you are asking, the Bible says, it is impossible for you to receive that thing you are asking God for.
If we can move forward with the assumption that you have faith to believe that God exists, let's now look at how to tackle the whole issue of having faith that He will reward/award/grant/give you what you ask of Him when you diligently seek Him.
What is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition tells us,
"Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the sense].
Or, as Jesus put it to His disciples who marveled that a seemingly thriving fig tree He had cursed and walked away from the day before, had shriveled up from roots when they next saw it the next day:
"Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." Mark 11:22-24.
In summary, faith in God is believing that whatever you ask God, is done for you.
I'm sure some of you are ready to pounce on me with, "Excuse me! I believed a bunch of times, so how come I didn't see anything?" Hold on, hold on!
There are principles to this thing. Let's take it "precept upon precept, line upon line" (Isaiah 28:10).
Remember my mentioning late brother Kenneth Hagin's statement that, "Faith comes when the will of God is known." Let me explain what that means.
Let's go back to the parent-child analogy: as a child, by virtue of your parent-child relationship, you are meant to assume your parents' love, and the fact that out of their love for you, they would show affection, look out for your best interests, make sure you have food, shelter, clothing, and the best environment you need to thrive.
NB/ Parents, when children don't receive the stability and security of parental love, they wind up having serious issues receiving and trusting God's love and will for them.
For all of us who don't know this love, we will need God's help to allow Him to "prove His love for us". He is loving and patient enough to meet us where we are and to love us out of our hurt.
Back to topic: Remember when you were a teenager? Sure, Modesta, it was just yesterday.
Well, as a teenager, you knew your parents' stance on certain things; you knew what would fly, and what was a no-go.
The same with God, when you know that He loves you, and you know what He is "cool" with, and what He is not, you can have full "confidence that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (1 John 5:14,15).
Isn't that awesome?!
We can have faith that we will get what we ask for when we ask for what is our loving Father's "good and perfect will" for our lives (Romans 12:2).
You: Well, why didn't you say that from the beginning?
Me: That's what I"ve been trying to do this entire time.
You: Stop blabbering and spit it out then! What is His "good and perfect will" for my life so I can start asking and getting results?
Me: Okay, okay, I'll get to it but, this blog post is getting rather long, can you wait for the next one?
For now, let me leave you with a passage of scripture that starts to reveal God's will for you:
Read Deuteronomy 28:1-14, that shows us some of the blessings that are God's will for us.
As a child of God, you are entitled to ask for any of these, and God's response will be "Yes!" (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Why are you telling me to hold up? Are you saying, you've asked for some of these things, and are not seeing them happening in your life? I'll be real, I know I've struggled to see these blessings manifest in my life.
If many of us aren't living in the reality of these blessings, then there must be something wrong, somewhere because even Jesus said, "The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." (John 10:10 NLT).
If God exists, and He does not lie, and He loves us, and He has a bunch of blessings to give, and He is willing to give them, then maybe the problem is not with God's giving but, with our receiving.
But, if we say we believe but, don't receive, what's blocking our blessings?
1. We are not God's children, and therefore not eligible for His children's blessings?
2. We are God's children that don't know we are entitled to His blessings and therefore don't ask for them?
3. We don't believe we deserve blessings so don't take them?
4. We take them then, give them back? [This is a real issue with God's children].
Let's explore this thread in the next post as we address the serious topic of learning how to have faith that God is a good Father that longs to give His children what they ask for (Luke 11:9-13, Mathew 6:26-34).