Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The Boundaries Of Faith


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Matthew 21:21 (NET) ”Jesus answered them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen."

It was only about two weeks after Fred said the sinner's prayer and handed over the control of his life to Jesus Christ that he began to study the Bible, practice what he studied, and pray. This undoubtedly caused a rapid turnaround in his life but he would soon make an all-time discovery. This happened when he read today's text in one of such study sessions and wanting to put what he had read to practice, he located a nearby mountain and commanded it to move but it did not, then he walked to a nearby tree and commanded it to dry up but this also did not happen. In his disappointment, he whispered, “but I had faith and I had no doubt in me, why didn't it happen with me like it happened with Jesus? Didn't Jesus say mountain will move when I speak to it in faith without doubting what I've said? Why didn't I get the promised result?”. Although disappointed, he, however, continued studying, praying, and practicing what he had learned from the Bible with the hope that he will get an answer for what happened.

What do you think happened to Fred? Why did he not get the desired results? Apostle John by the Holy Spirit said, “this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him" (1 John 5:14-15).

You see, faith does not make any and everything thing you want to happen, instead, it gives you anything you want that is captured within the will of God for you. So, the reason the mountain did not move when Fred commanded it to is because that action was not the will of God. The Apostles for instance never asked a mountain to move or curse a tree to dry up because those were not captured in the will of God for them even though they saw Jesus curse a tree and heard his words about moving mountains. Like the Apostles, you also must make every effort to know the will of God and learn to pray only His will as this will give you better results for your prayers.

Go into today knowing that your faith is effective only to the degree to which it agrees with the will of God.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

Bible in 1 Year: Luke 17-18 (in today's audio)
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