How many of you are waiting upon God for something?
So am I!
I feel as if I spend a lot of my time waiting upon the Lord.
Now, as I say this, I must be accurate: the Lord has already done so much in my life! He has redeemed me; delivered me; placed me; impacted me – I have a foundation in place that I believe is unshakeable. I have also had many, many prayers answered and prophesies fulfilled by my Lord.
But, it always seems as if the people of God are waiting on God for something. Have you noticed that?
I think that is normal to our walk with God. We don’t live in heaven so there is much that is still in process.
But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. Hebrews 2:6-8
At present, we do not see everything subject to Jesus. When you look at your life, don’t you see many things in line with Jesus and the Word of God, yet you see other things that are not yet there?
You see words and promises from God that have come to pass and you see others that are still unfulfilled? Even resistant?
The gap between us and our unanswered prayers and unfulfilled promises is not empty: it is filled with faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Faith is a substance.
Substances are not myths; they are tangible. Substances can be touched and examined. They are a particular kind of “matter” that has uniform properties.
Faith exists by dependence upon what feeds or nourishes it and it is identified through a set of uniform responses.
So, look at it this way: if faith is not fed and nourished, it will die. And, if faith stops operating according to its set of unique and uniform responses, it ceases to be identified as biblical faith.
Romans 12:3 states that God has given to every one of us a measure of faith. We exhibit faith in almost everything that we do on a daily basis. We set our alarm clock in faith that it will go off. We have faith that the pharmacist will put the right drugs in our bottle. We have faith that the people in the vehicles around us know and will obey the traffic laws. Without faith, life is impossible!
Every person possesses the substance of faith.
Faith in God is created and nourished by God. It’s seeds are planted in us by Him – a desire to believe for something greater; a desire to live forever. A desire to know good and to know love.
Faith does not die apart from God but faith in God survives based upon the direct intervention of God. We see the earth and sky and know it is created by God. We see the hand of God moving around us and hear His voice speaking to us. We see the life of Jesus, and the desire that serves as the substance of faith within us connects with the reality of God and becomes something that is not just alive, but identified by a certain set of unique and uniform responses.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. James 2:18
Faith in God is based upon the power and personality of God but it is evidenced through a set of indentified responses. Without these identified and unique responses, it cannot be identified as faith in God!
These unique and uniform responses are identifiable as evidence of faith in God because they line up with what the Word of God says is a godly life.
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26
Without biblical works, biblical faith does not exist.
We are a “waiting” people, while at the same time, we are a “working” people.
If God doesn’t do the supernatural, then the supernatural will not happen.
So, why are we working?
Should we just sit and pray and wait?
Remember, you have had many things already given to you by God. How can faith in God and a desire to see His divine intervention sit by and do nothing when what we have already been given will meet someone’s need?
My first pastor said this:
You may not feel like you have everything you need but you have more than most people have!
Faith is dead if it doesn’t take what God has already done and disperse it to those who need it!
Yes, we are a “waiting” people!
If we have already experienced everything God is doing, then our God is not near as big as we preach He is!
But, we are also a “working” people; people who distribute what God has given to us and by doing so, see the miracle of God’s presence in other’s lives!
Our working faith serves as the seed for our next miracle!
Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. Isaiah 26:8