Vol. 8, No. 11
Priscilla's Page *Editor's Note*
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We as Christians are very aware of the fact that our faith and obedience to God is our lifeline to him. First John 5:4 says, "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith." However, there are times when we act like God is no longer on the throne and in complete control of everything and everybody! How do we know he is in total control? "The earth is the Lord's and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein" (Psalm 24:1). "If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness" (Psalm 50:12). Our problems come and overwhelm us when we begin to doubt who God is and what he can do!
In David's confrontation with Goliath, Goliath cursed David by his gods. David said to Goliath, "You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel" (1 Samuel 17:45-46). What was that, the size of his faith in God!
Queen Esther is given the challenge of challenges when Mordecai told her she had to go to the king to avert the annihilation of the Jews. At first she was reluctant, but when Mordecai made her see the gravity of the situation she said, "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!" (Esther 4:16). What was that, the size of her faith in God!
In the account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, they made a statement of faith that is noteworthy in the face of King Nebuchadnezzar's threat to their lives. They said, "We have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up" (Daniel 3:16b-18). What was that, the size of their faith in God! What a challenge for us to exemplify that kind of faith, trust, reliance and confidence in him!
When the king's officials decided that something had to be done to get rid of Daniel, they concluded the only way that would be accomplished was to find a charge against Daniel concerning the law of his God. They obtained the king's signature on a decree against praying to any god except the king for thirty days. Daniel 6:10 says, "Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days." What was that, the size of his faith in God!
In the account of Jesus walking on the water, Peter asked permission to come to the Lord, and our Lord granted Peter's request. Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus. His faith allowed him to walk on the water. The storm was raging when he stepped out of the boat! His problem occurred when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he became afraid and began to sink. As Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter, he said, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt" (Matthew 14:31)? Peter's success and then his failure were based on his focus. Fear and doubt are enemies of our faith!
A paralytic is carried by four men and let down through the roof because of the crowd in the house. "When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven you'" (Mark 2:5). The only limitation we have is the size of our faith in God!
In Luke's account of Jesus calming the storm, our Lord had fallen asleep. The disciples woke him up because they believed they were perishing. Jesus arose and rebuked the wind and the raging water. "But He said to them, 'Where is your faith?' And they were afraid, and marveled..." (Luke 8:25a). Jesus was asking them where was their trust and confidence in his veracity and integrity. The only limitation we have is the size of our faith in God!
Paul is warned by a certain prophet named Agabus that grave danger awaited him if he went to Jerusalem. "Then Paul answered, 'What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus'" (Acts 21:13). What was that, the size of his faith in God!
We are commanded to be strong in the Lord and the power of his might, not ours. When we persevere in obedient faith, God keeps us by his power. We are guarded by God's power through our faith. The entirety of our Christian lives rests on our faith!
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21). Do we really and truly believe this passage, or is it just words on a piece of paper? We either have that kind of faith in God and his power or we do not. The only limitation we have is the size of our faith in God!