Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Faith Muscles – Part V
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.
Let’s conclude yesterday’s study of Proverbs 3:5-6 with one final exercise for us to do to strengthen our faith:
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:6 NLT)
Seeking God’s will, in prayer, is an exercise of our faith in God’s ability to hear us and answer our prayers.
Before we spend hours trying to figure out a worrisome problem, stop and seek God’s guidance. Surrender our desires to God’s desires. Usually, we have a desired outcome to our problem, in our minds. But our desire is based on our understanding, and, as we studied yesterday, we must never depend on our understanding!
Our prayer might sound like: “Father, you know what I want, but I surrender to your will. You can see the future, You know everything, and I trust Your will over mine”.
However you pray, recognize that a problem is your opportunity to let God know that you trust Him and know His ”no’s” are just as good as His “yes’s”. A great promise of God to quote during your time of waiting for the problem to be solved is Romans 8:28 NLT:
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
This is a great verse to quote because of the word “everything”.
And Jesus said:
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)
Between these two verses, we can have complete peace when a problem comes our way because we know that “everything” will work out for our good; everything, with no exceptions!
Have you met a person who says they are a Christ-follower, yet they are constantly worried about something in their life? Maybe they have never exercised their faith. Some have enough faith to trust that God has forgiven their sins but not enough faith to believe He will work everything out for their good.
The spiritually immature simply worry about problems. The spiritually mature do what they know to do to solve a problem, but then they trust God with whatever happens.
Father, I do not want to be a worry-er. You are worthy of my trust. Lord, increase my faith! Help me exercise my faith in Your promises over my problems. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.