Monday, March 2, 2015

Stretch Your Faith Muscles

It Is Written, Mark 9:23, Jesus said to him, "if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes".
It Is Written,2 Corinthians 5:7, for we walk by faith, not by sight.
As we all know, there are countless verses about faith. Did you know that faith is a gift from the Holy Spirit? Did you know that God is praised every time we exercise faith? It is like a gift back to God when we trust in Him.
If you read the Bible, you will find that many people did small things through faith, as well as great things by faith. All of these people were just average men and women until they believed. Many people will tell you that if they lived in Bible times and met Jesus, they would have faith too. Really?
The Holy Spirit talks to everyone. Whether they listen or not is up to them. We probably know Jesus better than people He talked to back them. Other people, such as the prophets, heard from God himself in their hearts. So you see, we are much better off today, because all of us have God's word, the Bible. His word spells it all out to those who love Him.
Sometimes you will hear someone say that they don't want to bother God with little things. That is usually just an excuse for little or no faith. God does not look at our requests as big or little, they are all big to Him, because they are big to us.
When we need something, we ask God in Jesus name. We aren't bothering  Him if we ask in faith. We are giving Him praise by trusting in Jesus name, and exercising faith.
God also gets the largest amount of praise when we pray for others, with love and compassion in our hearts. You can never ask too much. You are His child, and His love for you, and His supply, is limitless.
Now a brief explanation of the title of this message. As an example, you can use any profession. Mother, Dr., sports star, and so on. The ability of these people is determined by how hard they work at it. For this example we won't go into the faith aspect.
Each of these people start out small, and build up from there. It  makes no difference if it is brains, or muscles, they must be exercised in order to grow. If you don't keep stretching your physical muscles, or your brain, it will level off and you will not progress.
Faith is the same way. Learn the instructions (the Bible). Start out asking for simple things, like making a headache go away. As you see results, you naturally expand your prayers for bigger things. Answered prayer also requires patience which again is a way of building faith.
One last thing if you concentrate on prayers for others through love and compassion in your heart, they will be blessed, God will be praised, and your wants and desires will be given to you without you even asking. Remember you grow in proportion to your exercise. Praise the Lord!
Remember Jesus Loves You
Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me. Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation. Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
Thank You
Amen