Have you ever finished praying and thereafter, start having doubts as to whether God will grant your request? Or perhaps there is a delay in your prayers being answered and you begin to wonder if GOD is able or still has the ability to do as you requested? If you have, then brighten up ‘cos you are not alone on this 🙂 I have found myself in this situation a number of times.
Now faith is substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things of things not seen – Heb 11:1
One of the greatest problems Christians and indeed, most people who go to God for help, have been facing is the LACK OF FAITH. Even some Pastors, who are sincere, will open up and tell you that they have encountered this problem, at one time or another.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him:
for he that cometh to God must belief that He is,
and that He is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek Him – Heb 11:6
As someone who has grown up seeing God Almighty as an indispensable part of my existence, I just had to evolve a means of breaking free from this MONSTER that had constituted itself as a huge barrier between man and God Almighty. A sick acquaintance once concluded that God can never heal him. Imagine that!!! And with that belief, he, and like so many people like him, have distanced themselves from GOD and all He stands for, and consequently, have not been able to benefit from the awesome power of God.
Faith building is therefore an exercise that we have to do if we will not end up disconnecting ourselves from the most reliable, regret-free, potent, and powerful source of help. Have you been doing this?
And the Lord said, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye might say unto this sycamine tree,
Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea,
and it should obey you – Luke 17:6
Read my recipe for faith building….
Once, my son’s (now almost nine) friend did not allow him to touch his toy. My son said to him: “my daddy will buy me a better toy.” He turned to me and asked: ”daddy wouldn’t you?” I answered: “of course.” There was this confidence that he exuded when he told his friend what he knew I will do. That is not the first time something like that will happen. My son simply based his confidence on my antecedents. All glory to God 🙂
Interestingly, this encounter between my son and his friend is similar to how I have been able to build my faith from the very low level it was before, to where it is today. All I do I do is to use God’s antecedents as my FAITH BUILDERS. I am not alone on this.
When David had to face Goliath, he did not depend on his ability, he said to Saul…..
“The Lord that delivered me out of the
paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, he will
deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
And Saul said unto David, Go and the Lord be with thee – 1 Sam 17:36
He had confidence in God because of His antecedents. He believed that God was very reliable and could be trusted to show His powers again and again. He believed that God’s power was not seasonal and had no limit regardless of who or what the opposing power was. Like me, he pondered over what God had done for him in the past and used them as FAITH BUILDERS. At the end, David was not disappointed….
And David put his hand in his bag and took thence a stone and slang it,
and smote the Philistine in his forehead,
that the stone sunk into his forehead;
and he fell upon his face to the earth – 1 Sam 17:49
It was not the stone that killed Goliath. It was the power of God that followed the stone that did the damage.
We put confidence in people because they have been tested and are trust worthy. Since they have fared well in a particular activity, we believe that they will always live up to expectations. If we can do this in respect of mere humans, why not with respect to God. The Bible and indeed human existence is awash with awesome miracles and wonderful testimonies about God. In fact, I have labeled one chapter of the Bible MY COMFORTER.
Read about it here : Exodus Chapter 14…My Comforter…
So, like David, what I do when I pray is to put God in remembrance. I remind Him of His awesome deeds of the past. I don’t do this because God has a bad memory, but because He has instructed us to do so.…
Put me in remembrance: let us plead together :
declare thou, that thou mayest be justified – Isaiah 43:26
Faith building is a gradual thing. It does not just happen. It happens over time. It requires a deliberate and conscious effort and a strong determination to cleave to God. There are bound to be challenges. You will see, hear and read things that will attack your efforts to build up your faith. But since you expect these challenges to come, you look beyond them.
Surmounting these challenges becomes easier when you have an attitude of “I expected it.” Feed your mind with positive things about God. Pray for His guidance and assistance. Go to church regularly. Read the Bible regularly. Read, listen to, and watch testimonies. These will help you build up a “basket of testimonies.” These will also help you build up your confidence in God and ultimately become FAITH BUILDERS for you. For if God can be awesome yesterday, He will be today and ALWAYS. For He has said…
For I am the Lord, I change not – (Malachi 3:6)
“God is not a man, that he should lie;
neither the son of man, that he should repent:
hath he said, and shall he not do it?
Or hath he spoken,and shall he not make it good?”
– Numbers 23:19
Wishing you loads of God’s luck in your FAITH BUILDING 🙂
Thanks for your time 🙂