Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Faith Muscles – Part VII
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.
This passage about faith in the Book of James always challenges me:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:5-7)
Do not miss the lesson in these verses. Whether it is asking for wisdom or anything else, James declares we must believe and not doubt!
Note how this passage ends: one who doubts should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. If there is ever a reason to exercise our faith, this is it. We need and want to receive things from the Lord.
The exercise of our faith happens when we ask the Lord for something, and examine our hearts and minds about our faith.
Has the Bible given us a promise about what we are asking for? If so, does my faith have complete confidence that God will fulfill that promise in me?
If there is no specific scriptural promise about what I am asking for, does my faith truly trust God’s decision that He will give me what I am asking for? Can I praise God for not giving me what I have asked for because I know that He is always right?
In these situations, you can trust Romans 12:2b: “God’s will … —his good, pleasing and perfect will”.
Sometimes I am disappointed that God did not answer my request with a “yes”, but I remember that His will is good, pleasing, and perfect! I does not always look or feel pleasing, but I know someday I will understand and be pleased with God’s answer.
When I wrestle with these questions over the situations in my life, I am exercising my faith. I am working out my salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). I am taking captive any thought that is accusing God falsely, and I am making my thoughts obedient to God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Never stop exercising your faith and strengthening your faith muscle in the Lord.
Father, whenever I have questions about Your answers to my prayers, grant me strength and wisdom to fight through my doubts. I want to grow stronger in my faith and trust in You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.