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Romans 12:3 ” For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

Our Heavenly Father is both benevolent and altruistic when it comes to blessing us.  But we usually take that graciousness and turn it into prideful thinking.  “Look what gifts the Lord has given me!”    I Peter 4: 10-11 reminds us that we are to use those gifts to serve others, not flaunt them in front of people as trophies.  The Apostle Paul warns us here that’s it’s all about our state of mind when regarding our giftings… it’s all about gratitude, not attitude and humility, not vanity.

James 2:5 ” Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom He promised those who love Him? “

Everyday there are common, ordinary people -just like yourself – that do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus.  These people may be poor when it comes to material things, but they are rich in the things of God.   The Lord is depending on ordinary people – like yourself – to do His work here on earth.  These are people who, in the world’s eyes, may not have much to offer, but they are rich in faith, with confidence in their salvation and eternal life…and with that kind of trust, they can move mountains.  For Luke 6:20 says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.”   The Lord is looking for common, ordinary people to advance His Kingdom here on earth…are you in?

I Kings 17:14 ” For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.’ “

There was a great famine in the land due to a drought. The prophet Elijah had been instructed by the Lord to find a certain widow in Zarephath who would supply him with food.  But when Elijah found her and asked for bread,  she told him she had only enough flour and oil to feed herself and her son for the very last time.  Elijah then said to her, “Don’t be afraid.  Go home and do as you have said.  But make a small cake of bread for me first.” In other words, “Before you feed your loved ones, I want you to trust God and feed me first.”  Elijah was asking the widow to stretch her faith farther than it had ever been stretched before.  He was challenging her to put her faith in God for the family’s provisions…no matter how long the famine lasted.  He reassured her that by trusting God the jar of flour and jug of oil wouldn’t run dry…and they miraculously didn’t.   Oh, to have the faith of that widow!  Her eyes only saw a handful of flour and a dribble of oil left…but yet she bravely stepped out in faith, trusting God to provide for her family.

Hebrews 10:39 ” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”

The gist of this Scripture is repeated in Habakkuk 2:3-4 where it says, ” But the righteous will live by faith.  And if they shrink back, I will not be pleased with them.”  We all claim to have faith and trust in God…but do we really?   Shrinking back is hesitation and self-doubt that we can really do what God is calling us to.  Sure, we can believe for great miracles in someone else’s life…but when it comes down to trusting God in our own, we falter.  Self-doubt can effectively stop any Kingdom work the Lord has for you…for when you hesitate, you’re essentially telling God you don’t trust Him.  We are to live by faith, believing that if God calls us to something, He will equip us also.

Hebrews 11: 1 ” Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

I encourage you to read the entire 11th Chapter of Hebrews, for in it you will read of many kinds and shades of faith.  Faith is an ongoing lifetime journey of trusting God.  It’s a way of life, not just a one time action done at conversion.  Our faith grows as we grow in Christ…confidence in Him is forged and built  every time we make the decision to trust Him.  But as you read through Chapter 11 you’ll see the different nuances of faith shown… there’s expanding and growing faith, there’s  beyond logic and reasoning faith, there’s sacrificial, persecuted, and impossible faith.  Our life of faith begins with an internal response, which leads to  faith-filled action.  From there, it’s a life based on God’s promises…not on circumstances.  Though, when you get to the end of this chapter you’ll read, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.”   Every person you read about here in Chapter 11 was praised for their faith, yet not one saw their promise fulfilled in their lifetime. Instead, they all persevered under pressure, never giving up, and always putting their confidence in their Lord.

Daniel 6:16 ” So the King gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The King said to Daniel, ‘May your God, whom you serve continually rescue you.’ “

Daniel had made quite the impression on King Darius…not only for his exceptional qualities of trustworthiness and integrity…but in his worship of God.  Daniel’s life was one unending devotion to God…whether he was at work or at home…whether he was with other Christians or co-workers…his focus didn’t change.  Can we say the same thing about ourselves?  Would your co-workers readily comment about you as King Darius had observed about Daniel?  Has your  walk made such an impact on the people around you that they truly know from where your faith comes?  Let us pray then that God would give all of us boldness to live a life worthy of the Gospel.

Matthew 6:30 ” If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Jesus didn’t mince words with the Disciples.  He used the phrase, “O you of little faith” many times throughout the book of Matthew in dealing with them.  In Matthew 8:26 Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”  In Matthew 14:31 He again asked, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Here were men who had witnessed miracle after miracle…bodies made whole, blind eyes receiving sight, dead bodies brought back to life…and they still hesitated to fully trust Jesus.  If these men had trouble with their faith, why should it surprise me if I fall short?  The Believer’s journey is taking that meager crumb of faith we’re given and growing it day by day…of  being open and honest when we doubt…and asking the Lord to help us in our unbelief.