By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. Hebrews 11:7 (MSG)
I know that you want to develop this in me. I know that you will require this of me. What will I develop in you? What will I require of you? You will develop great faith in me. You will require great faith of me. How do you know this to be true? This is what you have been doing in me. This is what started on the day I turned my life over to you. Little by little, and step by step, and day by day, you have been developing my faith in you. This is the journey I have been on as I walk through life with you. That is true. I want your faith in me to grow and develop.
What must you do if you want your faith to grow? What must you do if you want to have great faith? What must you keep on doing if you want me to powerfully use you? I must keep on saying yes to you. I must keep on following you to where you lead me. I must keep on doing what you ask of me. Will it always be easy for you to say yes to me? Will you always completely understand what I am asking of you? Will you always know exactly where I am leading you? Ha, I would ask almost the opposite questions. Will it ever be easy to say yes to you? Will I ever completely understand what you are asking of me? Will I always know exactly where you are leading me? If every request of yours was easy, or if I always completely understand what you were asking of me, or if I always knew where you were leading me, where would the step of faith be? Where would my opportunity to rely more fully on you develop? How would my faith in your grow stronger? How would you develop great faith in me? So no, steps of faith will never be clear and easy and completely understandable. It pleases me that you come to understand this to be true.
I have more to say. I’m listening. We have not even talked about persistence over time in the face of ridicule and opposition. What do you want to say about persistence over time in the face of ridicule and opposition? It will be required. It is part of saying yes to you. It may be easy to say yes to you initially. But I can’t think of many significant assignments you have given to me that did not require me to keep on saying yes to you when the going got tough. How so? I have experienced ridicule and opposition and obstacles of every kind. Sometimes, the ridicule and opposition and obstacles has even come from what I would call “friendly fire”. In the face of all of this, I have had to keep on reaffirming that I will continue to do what you ask of me. I have and will keep on saying yes to you. That will be every good. Then I will keep on developing great faith in you. I will keep on using you for my purposes to fulfill my plans. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will say yes to you. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I will keep on pressing on even when I face opposition and ridicule. I will not give up. I will not quit. I will keep on following and serving you with all the strength that you will give to me. Amen
Key Question… When has the Lord asked you to go and do something that required great faith?
Living It Out… Have faith in the Lord by going and doing whatever He asks of you even when you don’t fully understand why.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will ask you to go and do things for Him that will require great faith.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you have been going and doing what the Lord has asked of you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you have great faith to go and do whatever the Lord asks of you.
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