Last week we talked about the importance of the position of faith, but it does no good to talk about it if you don’t know how to get into that position. Here are some steps that will help get in position:
Study, Sacrifice, Speak
If you’re thinking about moving into a new position in your education, job or your career, one of the first things you need to do is to find out everything you can about that position. For example, when transitioning from high school to college, most colleges require the applicant to at least take the SAT exam. Some require both the SAT and ACT. For most, these exams are not easy, and therefore require one to study. So what is studying? It is reviewing, rehearsing and memorizing information about a specific subject. So what does studying have to do with faith? Well Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (Read amplified, and (2 Tim 3:16). This hearing is not a one time hearing, but a repetitive hearing of the word. (Josh 1:8). Why do we study? 2 Tim 2:15 because without faith it’s impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). So just as we would carve out time to study for various exams, or prepare for interviews so that we can go to the next level, we must carve out time to study the word in order to get in and remain in the position of faith. Most often this will require sacrifice, i.e. getting up early, fasting, less social activity, etc. Once we’ve made the sacrifice to study, when then have to speak the word. The more we speak, the more we build up our faith.
You may be saying, but I thought that faith was simply just believing the word. Believing the word is necessary, however, we have a role to play in order for what we’re believing to manifest. There has to be a corresponding action-James 2:14-26. This is not optional, but a requirement-John 21: 1-14.
Develop the position of obedience and consistency
Faith defies all odds-Mark 2:3-5. Must be full of faith-Acts 6, Acts 11:24, Heb 10:22
Until next week….
Be blessed but first comes obedience!