Expanding Faith

The word “faith” can bring so many different thoughts and dreams into one’s mind. I am sure if they counted it would be as the sands of the sea. The thoughts of the heart are always based and rooted in hope and faith. Prayer that ascends into the heart of God has wings of faith and wings of hope accelerating them. So often, even when we sit, we ponder the greatness of faith. Believing in what is impossible to accomplish accentuates this action word found in the Bible. A word that is not defined as you would think but referencing with a meaning that implies a sincere hope and trust, Hebrews 11:1. Faith has neither heights nor boundaries when it comes to praying for something that God has promised in a life of a true believer. On the other hand though, “faith” is not just a religious concept and practice. This word breaks bearers and intellectual levels of thought that science cannot place the web around. Yes, faith expands outside the sterility of the church walls. It penetrates into hearts that only believe deeply coupled with hope and trust. The compelling testimonials of what was believed in and came true are astonishing, to say the least. Stories of men and women saved through astounding circumstances with an explanation as a phenomenon of nature or the hand of God. There was a boy, who at the age of seven years, had warts all over his left hand. He was quite embarrassed about this and was verbally ridiculed by friends at school. One evening, while bathing, his father came into the bathroom to see if the boy was ready to go to bed yet. The boy, with high hopes in his father, asked if the father could take him to the doctor. He did not want to go to school anymore because of the ridicule he was receiving. The father, without hesitation, told the young boy to wash his hand three times and rinse each time.  He continued to explain that after washing he should go to bed and in the morning warts would be gone. With quick and trusting obedience the youngster did what his father had suggested. As he went to sleep that night, he just knew what his father had told him was true. When he woke in the morning, he quickly looked at his left hand, and all the warts were gone! Not even a mark where any were growing from his soft, youthful skin. He ran to tell his father the excellent news. His father looked at him and stated, “I knew they would go away if you would just believe me and in your heart also. What an amazing story! I was that boy, and this happened to me when I lived in Cleveland, OH in 1957. When I study the lives of the people in the Bible, I truly witness their depth in faith they have with God. Often being challenged to leave their comforts for more challenging lives that would maintain a constant trust and hope in God. Being asked to do things that were impossible to men but possible to God. Noah was building an ark where there had been no rain. This ark did not get established in a week or two, but some indicate 120 years. It most likely was not that long, but it did take many, many years to complete. God did not give Noah a set of blueprints either. The Ark’s massive scale was roughly 450 feet long by 75 feet wide by 45 feet high. He built it with belief in his heart and the hope of salvation! There are stories of Abram being asked to leave his homeland of Ur and moving to Haran where God asked him to go out into the “land” of faith. At the dawn of history, God creating the heavens and the earth without the presence of human witnesses, introduced faith. Even the thought of Moses moving from the position of political clout to live a life that would deny the pleasures of sin in trade for the reproach of Christ! These testimonies reign in the hearts of the Church today. Modern day people living lives that only believe God at what He has promised They are living out loud what He has asked them to do. The annuals of faith and the names we do not even know are written forever in the heart of God and men alike. One of my favorite scriptures on faith found in Mark 9: 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” The father cries out to Jesus “I believe” in response to Jesus’ remark “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  This belief is remarkable because it simplifies all the area under discussion surrounding faith. The simplicity of trust, hope, and a reliance on God for the impossible is all we need. Yes, even in this religious generation that claims that God only is allowed to be active in their churches or denominations, you will see God do things everywhere and anywhere people will cry out. “I believe.” God does not need a platform or a popular vote. He does not need pageantry or the largest church in town. God does not require an offering or a fancy lunch. He does not need anything or anyone. The key the Lord gave to us is faith, and that key will open up heaven to all that will use it! He will always respond to those that will believe in what He will do because of the faith, which He has fashioned in them! Remember prayer moves the hand of God.

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