Are we expecting the abundance of life Jesus came to give us? Have disappointments diminished the fervency of our prayers? Do we find ourselves hesitating to still believe for something because it’s taking longer than we anticipated? Do we still believe, but for only a little rather than all of the manifestation? Whatever our answer is, God is increasing our faith for such a time as this!
Our expectations are to be for much more than what we can ask or even think. For example, someone praying for their marriage to be in harmony, not only expects they will get along better, but visualizes a second honeymoon! Another praying for their child to be delivered from drug addiction believes for them, not to just be free, but to minister to others who are bound. A sickness is not believed to improve a little bit, but to be completely gone! A job search will end in the best position, not the least. A test to pass will result in a grade within the maximum range, not the minimum. Elijah did not just hear it was going to rain, but heard the abundance of it. What are we hearing?
Our prayers can be fervent because surely they avail much for God’s will to be done! The Word of God we hear, we can stand upon. We pray and never give up. We can count on the abundance of what He promises in His Word. We stand by faith, expecting God’s best, from glory to glory!
1 Kings 18:41 “Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.’ ’’
Does something we’ve been working on look small? Does it appear as if little is happening? Are we expecting more than what can be seen? He gives us great faith in Him and changes what we see accordingly. What seems small is big when seen through the eyes of faith in a mighty God. We must walk by faith and not by sight.
We see fruitfulness the moment the seed is planted. There is nothing little in God and all that comes from Him is great: a word; a touch; a partial victory in an area. Small manifestations are never to be taken for granted. We praise God from whom all blessings flow. When we do not have enough money for our rent, but we have part of it, we might question how we are going to get the rest until one day… instead of questioning what isn’t… our praise comes forth for what is! A great praise for what He has done comes forth; trusting if He did this much, surely He will take care of us all the way! Think back on all the times He provided for us and made “a way” out of “no way.” The answer to our needs is usually already on the way.
God is faithful. He is awesome, worthy to be praised. It’s not how small something is, but how big He is that we learn to focus on, from glory to glory!
Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
The more we stand by faith, the more we stand out. To stand out means to project something out of the ordinary, to be distinctive and prominent. It’s when we stand for the things of God with great determination that we stand out the most.
On the sea, to stand out is used to express maintaining a course away from the shore. In Christ, it’s maintaining opposition to the oppression of satan, the world and the flesh. We stand out when we stay away from the temptations that come to take us away from our place of victory. We stand out when others fall under pressure to do something and we do not go along because the Lord is leading us a different way. We stand out when we hold out our position in Christ in spite of everything that tries to influence us.
Our continued transformation in God is noticeable to all. The way we walk in love, peace and joy instead of hate, anger and fear is supernatural. The way we seek after the cloud, the presence of the Lord, instead of the crowd is uncommon. We stand out as a lighthouse for others to know that if God did this in our life, surely He can do it in theirs. It is God’s presence that stands out in our lives, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
The opposition of the enemy comes in many ways. He either tries to make us ineffective where we are, or completely move us from our place of destiny. To do so, he moves from bringing distraction–to bringing depression. With depression, he brings discouragement. The fear of not making it can cause us to move away, to flee. When we give in to these lies of defeat, we give up.
Nehemiah and Elijah both had a report that someone was coming to kill them. Jezebel was indeed after Elijah, but the word that Nehemiah received was a lie. In both situations, the fear of dying or not making it was used by the enemy to make them flee. Elijah fled with much depression and fear, but God rescued him. Nehemiah refused to flee, and didn’t believe the false prophetic word because it didn’t line up with God’s Word.
Elijah looked at his own life and feared to lose it, so he fled the scene. The enemy attempts to get us to focus on ourselves and save ourselves. We cannot. We have already died in Christ, so we have no fear. We confront every conflict by God’s grace. We do not flee from fear; we stand by faith. Only God has the authority to tell us to move to another place. When He does, it’s never out of despair, but out of peace. He truly leads us from glory to glory!
Nehemiah 6:11 “And I said, ‘Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!’ ”
Faith works by love. Faith does not work in response to legalistic expectations and religious demands. It cannot be effective when the focus is on the do’s and don’ts; or in what instead of whom. Faith is not in anything we can do. Faith is absolute trust in a person, Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
It’s because we know God loves us that we know He will never leave us, nor forsake us. We walk and stand by faith because of the love of God we believe in regardless of the circumstances. He loves us and gives us the faith that is needed. Only the Lord can love us enough to keep us. Without faith working by love, works are done by the flesh and not led by the Spirit of God. Things change, but Jesus doesn’t. Faith is activated by love. It’s when we know that God loved us and gave Himself for us that we believe.
When we need more faith, all we have to do is love on the Lord, and then fear is removed and the faith the Lord has given us is free to flow. As we love on the Lord, He lavishes us with His love and we can believe His promises. We love Him so that we can stand on those promises. When more faith is needed, love responds and receives, from glory to glory!
Galatians 5:6 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.”