Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Faith Muscles – Part I
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.
Today’s Key Verses remind us that God powers our faith.
That may not be a new thought, but we must continually exercise our faith so that it grows stronger. True faith is not as strong as it can be when it first appears.
The Hebrew writer defined faith in “The Faith Chapter”:
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
In other words, faith is when we talk about something that has yet to happen like it already has happened. That kind of talk “shows the reality of what we hope for”. This faith-filled talk is the “evidence of things we cannot see”. This kind of faith, true faith, only comes about when we make our faith muscles strong by exercising them.
As believers, we want increasingly stronger faith. Never stop wanting a greater faith in God.
Turn that desire into action by finding ways to exercise your faith so that it gets stronger. If a person wants to have stronger muscles but never does anything about it, that person simply does not want stronger muscles enough.
Let’s determine, as we study the different ways to exercise our faith muscles, that we put the knowledge that we learn into practice.
To begin with, understand what faith means and how it works.
We pray about many things that we want God to do for us, and that is proper.
Some of the things we pray for are about God fulfilling His promises for us. We can have great faith that God always fulfills His promises.
However, when we want and pray for something particular to happen the way we want it to happen, it is not a matter of faith whether it happens our way. God fulfills His promises to us but not always in the way we want and ask.
Since it is up to God to work out how He fulfills His promises to us, usually we must wait and see God’s will for us and how He works it all out.
For example, it is appropriate for us to have great faith that God always provides for our needs (Philippians 4:19). But when we want and pursue a specific job, we misplace our faith if we believe that God is going to provide for our needs through that particular job. God may have another job or situation that is much better for us.
In our prayers, end with “not my will but Your will be done”.
Father, help me grow my faith in all Your promises. I know that Your way of fulfilling Your promises to me are better than how I want it. Not my will but do Your will in my life. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.