What Are You Facing?
In this life there are very few times where we are NOT facing some type of issue. It doesn't matter what the issue is, it just seems that issues pop up frequently.
For the believer we look to our faith to overcome the issues of life. Whether it be a family problem, sickness, or financial lack every believer should know that God has the ability to change all circumstances. Therefore, when issues arise the first thing we should do is pray. Asking God, releasing our faith, with expectation that God will intervene on our behalf.
While ministering, I have asked people this question, "How many have ever set their faith to received something, but never received what they were believing for?" Every honest or participating listener obviously raises their hand.
Another question I ask is, "How many have ever said or thought something along this line, 'I guess I don't have enough faith'?" Again, the answer is pretty unanimous.
Let's explore for a moment whether "we have enough faith." To explore this let's consider 1 Corinthians 10:13:
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
In this verse we are clearly told three very important things, which I would like to address:
The first thing we are told is that there will never be a temptation that is not common to man. This is something that actually comes up a lot. People say things like, "Yes, but you don't understand what I'm going through" or "it's different for me!" Neither of these are true although the person saying it is fully convinced that it is true.
The original Greek word that is translated as "temptation" is a word that literal means, "putting to prove through adversity." In other words, you are faced with an issue that will challenge your very believe system. But praise God He has promised that we will never face anything uncommon to man.
The second thing that we are told is that God is faith. This is really the focal point that I want to address. God declare His faithfulness in not allowing anything to challenge your faith that you do not have the faith to overcome! That is powerful if you will think about it for a moment. We could translate that thought this way. You possess the faith to overcome every issue of your life. God is faithful to see to it that you never face a circumstance that you don't have the faith to handle.
Even though God has declared His faithfulness in this people still think that "they don't have enough faith" or "their faith has not reached that level yet." This is truly a lie from hell to keep people bound. Once you realize that you do have the faith you will change your focus on how you deal with the issues of life.
The third area that we derive from this verse is that God makes a way of escape. Don't confuse this with how you think things should turn out. God's ways are higher than our ways. Your conclusion to your situation is probably not the same conclusion of God's. God wants to bring you into a victory that will reveal His glory in the earth. Therefore, it is important to not get stuck on the "how" but instead pay attention for the open door of escape.
When a person comes to the revelation that they possess everything they need to live a victorious life they will change the way they operate and live a dynamically successful life that will truly bring glory to the Lord.