One of the oldest desires of man especially believers has been how to develop faith for particular situations. Sometime we go through an experience that raises our need to believe God for a miracle or breakthrough, and usually at this cross road of life we want our faith to be strong and not weak because we know our faith will overcome the world. But most often than not, we are not just as sharp in our faith regarding those issue as we should. The disciples were at those cross-roads not once, not even twice. One time they were so frustrated that they said to Jesus “Lord, increase our faith”.
It is obvious that several people, at the crossroads of their lives are weak in their faith and not strong. When they get to the crossroad of their lives, they have a great temptation to fret, worry and be anxious. This only accentuates the issue and deteriorates the situation. So the question that begs for answer, “Why are we sometimes weak at the cross roads of life?”
1. Jesus’ parable about the man who hears and does the word comes to mind He said “ He that hears the word and does it , is like one that builds his house on the rock and when the storm came and the wind beat vehemently against the house, it stood, for it was built on the rock. But the man who hears the word and does not do it is like the man who built his house on sand and when the same storm came and the wind beat vehemently against the house, it collapsed.”
Notice that it did not say “And if the storm comes and the winds blow” it says “When . . .” The word “When” depicts certainty, it will come to be. At the cross roads of life, the storm will rage and the wind will beat against our house, but if we have not been hearing and doing the word, we will not stand through those times because our faith is weak.
2. Have you noticed that at some time your faith for particular situation just skyrockets and at other times they are just at the ground low? Have you observed that you faith level is totally depended on your emphasis at any particularly point in time. As your emphasis shifts, your faith level also shifts. James 1: says “He that looks into the perfect law of liberty (that sets free) and continues therein, not being a forgetfully hearer but a doer of the word, the same shall be blessed in all of his deeds”.
Notice a few key words:
a. He looks in
b. He continues therein
c. Not being a forgetful hearer
d. A doer of the word
It is not enough to just look into the perfect law of liberty, we must continue in it. Paul warned Timothy, take heed to the gospel which you have received lest at any time you let them slip. The things we are hearing and learning can slip, and if they slip, then we will have no faith and power in those tough times.
Now, hearing the word and continuing therein is not enough, you must not be a forgetful hearer. If you hear about faith and patience and health and the blessing, speaking right, living right, your righteousness in Christ etc., and you forget what you have heard, then your faith will not rise to get you to the answer you desire and you will not be blessed in that deed. However, not forgetting the word is not enough, you need to be a doer of the word, not a hearer only, deceiving yourself by reasoning contrary to the truth. The first work is to begin to get your thinking to line up with the truth of God’s word. Begin to envision and internalize the word of God as regards your particular issue. See the manifestation of the answer in your mind eye, and put it in your mouth
3. They do not have a store of seed to draw from in the days of adversity. The story of the 10 virgin: Some had oil and some did not, then the arrival of the bridegroom was announced. You know the story, those without oil were left out, So it is, if you do not have a store of seed for the days of adversity, it will be difficult to step up to the occasion. Remember, if you fail in the days of adversity, you strength is small. Your faith level will rise as you hear and hear the word of God.
So what do I need to do to build my faith for the situation I am going through?
1. Begin to load up on the word of God. Someone said, there are two best times to plant a tree, 30 years ago, and now. So if you haven’t been loading up, start now. The gospel of Luke has it about Jesus in the days of his temptation, that in those days, he fasted. He did not sleep in the days of his temptation, He did no go to complain to his friends, instead, He fasted. So spend time to build your faith up.
2. Put the word in your mouth and mind. Remember the word is in your mouth and in your heart which is the word of Faith which we preach. For faith to work, it has to be both in our heart and in our mouth, we believe with our heart, we confess with our mouth to receive salvation. Jesus is the high-priest of our profession or confession. In Genesis 1, God had a crisis; the world He had created was upside down. God did not pull over and cry, the bible says the Spirit of God hovered over the waters and God said “Let there be light” or ”light be!” and light was. God spoke his word into the situation and the situation changed, you must do likewise.
3. Expect things to change for you: Expect big thing. Expect God to change the tides for you and give you a miracle.
Memory Verse: Psalm 91: 15 “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.”