Our Spiritual Muscles

You can see problems as opportunities that strengthen your faith in God’s promises!

Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Faith Muscles – Part IV

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.

Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the many wonderful verses in the Bible that can help us exercise our faith:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

Most of us trust the Lord to some extent, but this verse challenges us to trust the Lord with all our hearts. In other words, we do not put our trust in anything other than God.

We must not trust the words of our pastors, parents, friends, doctors, or judges more than we trust the words of Jesus. This does not mean we do not listen to anyone else; we do and should. But our goal is to allow God’s Word to be the loudest voice in our decisions.

The next challenging exercise is to never depend on our understanding.

When do we need our faith to be strong? We need our faith to be strong when troubles come, and we need our faith to be strong when we have a problem that we cannot see a good answer to.

The problem with problems is they seem to have more of a reality than the promises of God. Problems make themselves very real and strong in our minds. So, our natural understanding of them is very real, so they discourage us and even scare us.

It takes disciplined exercise to not depend on our understanding as we face these problems. What does this disciplined exercise look like? It is finding a promise of God that would bring victory over the problem and quoting it every time a worry or a scary thought comes to our minds.

When a worrying thought comes to mind over a problem, you might say, “No, devil, I do not depend on my limited understanding, nor will I listen to your lies. I have decided to trust God’s Word with all my heart”.

You might have to say this many times as you resist the persistent urge to worry about an issue. But this exercise of your faith must happen to strengthen your faith muscle.

Like those who have had gym equipment physically strengthen them, Christ-followers should be grateful for problems because God uses them to strengthen His children. Problems can strengthen our faith in God’s promises!

Father, help me to quickly remember that a problem is an opportunity to help me trust You and Your promises more! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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