From Pastor Jean
FROM FAITH TO FAITH
In Romans 1:16-17, the Amplified Bible says it like this:
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, for in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith. [Hab. 2:4.]
When we believe something, and our faith, in alignment with our mind and spirit, comes into agreement, then faith builds up from faith to faith—that is, we have faith to believe one thing, and that comes to pass, and then our faith grows to the next thing which comes to pass.
Faith, like a mustard seed, doesn’t remain small. It starts small but grows by faith to faith. Thus our faith grows when we see one prayer answered, then another prayer answered or we see one healing and then another healing. Our faith grows faith to faith.
Doubting Thomas had to put his hand on the scars of Jesus before he would believe. His faith instantly grew. We put our “hand of faith” on the “scars of Jesus” and our faith grows as did Thomas’. We are blessed by not “seeing,” but believing.
What then when a prayer isn’t answered? What then when someone dies and we asked God for them to live? What then? Then, we learn to acquiesce (accept) God’s will over our will. Is this just a “cop out?” No. Does that change our faith? No. Because we know that God is God and His will and His plan supersedes our own. Does it mean you just give up because God’s will is always going to supersede yours? No. Abraham bartered with God to save Sodom and Gomorrah. He responded by saving Lot’s family. This writer also “bartered” with God. That is, I told God all the reasons He couldn’t allow my husband to die from a massive heart attack right after losing my daughter. I argued with God. He heard me and my husband lived! The drs. were shocked. I wasn’t. We have a right to plead our case. Our Jesus gave us that right. That is knowing the will of God and knowing that, in alignment with our spirit, we know and understand His will be done!
Always remember, God is a God of Love!