- Religion and Philosophy
Supersize Your Faith
Every time you go through a drive through you always end up checking your order to make sure you got what you asked for. In most cases I will order according to how hungry I am. If I’m not very hungry I’ll usually stick to a regular sized combo. But, when I’m super hungry, it seems only a supersized meal and drink will do.
Just how hungry are you when it comes to God’s word? How often do you try to expand your faith? Asking the Lord for something in prayer requires a certain degree of faith. Jesus says in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for – believe that you have received them, and you will have them.” With this kind of promise we should always have a supersized faith.
Let’s take a look at five different characteristics of a supersized faith.
Faith is Victorious – In the Book of Joshua the Israelites were in a battle with the joined forces of five Amorite kings. God was helping Israel by causing confusion among the enemy, and then throwing hailstones on them. So they could end this battle the same day, Joshua asked God to stop the sun; “…Joshua spoke to the Lord in the presence of Israel: Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and moon, over the valley of ….” This was a mighty heavy duty request, but because of Joshua’s humbleness and faithfulness God granted it.
You find strength in Faith –Now most everyone knows the story of Samson. As the story is told, Samson received great strength from his hair and he used this strength to fight the Philistines. He fell in love with a woman named Delilah. What Samson was not aware of was Delilah was convinced by the Philistines to find out his weakness. It turned out that Delilah was his weakness. He eventually revealed the fact his hair had never been cut and was the source of his strength. When he was asleep she cut his hair and he was like any other man. The Philistines gouged out his eyes and chained him to a stone to grind corn. This was quite a humbling experience for Samson, but he would have his best day yet. He was brought out for a little entertainment and Samson did what any Christian should do when they falter; he repented. In Judges 16:28 he called to the Lord: “Lord God, please remember me. Strengthen me, God, just once more….” All you have to do is call on God when we are weak and He will strengthen you.
Faith is expectation: I once heard it said that “Faith is not believing that God can, but believing that God will.” Here is a good example from the book of Matthew. Jesus was in Capernaum when he was approached by a Roman officer. He had a servant at home paralyzed and in terrible agony. Jesus offered to come to his house, but the Roman Centurion knew that all Jesus had to do was say the word and his servant would be healed. Now that‘s expecting a lot, or is it? How satisfying it must have been to see a Roman soldier actually have that kind of faith. Jesus told him, “Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you.” When he returned home his servant was already cured.
Faith is persistent: How easy it is to give up when something is difficult. Trying to see a particular doctor can be frustrating at times. There always seems to be some kind of delay. Eventually the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Faith can be persistent, too. In Matthew 15:21-28 a gentile woman has a daughter who is demon possessed. She cried out to Jesus for help. He didn’t answer at first. The disciples urged Him to send her away and He answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She then knelt before Him and pleaded again, “yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Jesus saw her faith and persistence and healed her daughter.
Faith Reaches Out: A lot of times we go into the community trying to spread the Gospel and end up frustrated because you don’t see the results. The question is are we just going through the motions or are we reaching out with an expectation of people being saved. There was a woman who had a problem with internal bleeding, but the doctors couldn’t do anything about it. Then, Jesus came to town. The entire town gathered around Him making it difficult for this woman to get close. She managed to work her way close to Jesus, but didn’t want to necessarily stop Him in the street. She believed all she needed to do was reach out, touch His robe and she would be healed. All you have to do is reach out to the unsaved with the faith that Jesus will save them and great things will happen.
- Joshua asked for the sun and moon to stand still; it actually happened.
- Samson asked for strength one last time; he got it.
- A Roman Centurion expected Jesus to heal his servant; healing took place.
- A Gentile woman was persistent when she didn’t get an answer right away; she was rewarded.
- A woman with internal bleeding just reached out; she was healed.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to say that a supersized faith is easy. Matter of fact it is just the opposite. As you get older it seems that having a childlike faith gets more and more difficult. We just keep getting in God’s way of working through us. Faith always seems to be a work in progress. So, practice, practice, practice…. Just imagine the kind of victory you could have if you reached out in persistent prayer with a supersized faith expecting Jesus to answer.