Our Spiritual Muscles

As a mature believer, you can trust God’s wisdom even when you don’t understand it or even like it

Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Faith Muscles – Part II

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

Continuing from yesterday, the Bible never tells us that if we have enough faith God will do whatever we ask of Him. God is not going to do something outside of His perfect will just because of our faith regardless of how strong it is.

I have watched believers over the years trying to have great faith in what they are asking God for but have not sought whether it is in the will of God.

You have probably heard the phrase “name it and claim it” otherwise known as the “prosperity gospel”. This approach has some very critical theological elements missing.

It is not biblical for a believer to just “claim it” without first seeking a scripture that promises that which is being named. And it is an insult to God to claim an answer that God knows is not going to be the best answer for you.

One of the most unfounded phrases that can come out of a believer’s mouth is “be careful what you ask God for”. The believer might as well say “be careful what you ask God for, He is a stern and unmerciful God, and He will give you a terrible answer when you ask Him for it.” That is a lie from the devil!

You can ask God for anything, as His child, and trust Him to give you the best answer, no matter what you ask Him.

We exercise our faith muscles by knowing the promises of the Bible and trusting them when our circumstances call for it.

Every time the devil throws doubt into our minds, we can destroy it with a promise of God. We repeat that promise of God as often as we must to destroy every ounce of doubt that attacks us.

Have you have ever wondered how many promises there are in the Bible? There are a variety of answers, but it is somewhere in the vicinity of 8,000 promises.

The one thing that we can know for sure, there are enough promises of God to keep us in perfect peace during any storm that comes up in our lives.

Asking God for a physical healing is probably the most common prayer that humans pray. Mature believers pray for healing as well, but add “not my will but Your will be done”.

Mature believers trust God’s wisdom, even when they do not understand it or even like it. Mature believers know that God’s strength is available for them to endure sickness and other hardships.

Father, help me to exercise my faith when troubles come. In Jesus’s Name, amen.

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