Nothing wavering

Faith is such a simple thing, and yet oftentimes it seems to be so difficult. Faith is something that God demands of us as His followers. He says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

In order to come to God, we need to come in faith. We need to realize that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. And in that statement comes the idea that we will seek Him diligently. If the King of all the Universe says He will reward you if you seek Him diligently, and you believe Him, how could you decide not to seek Him?

Having true faith in the reward, brings us to work for it.

Have you been seeking God lately? Have you been seeking Him diligently?

If not, you may want to check your faith. Have you spent time in the Word? Are you truly believing in His vision for your life? Do you need to pursue Him more?

I know for me, I definitely need to.  It is far too easy for me to become lax in my eagerness to seek out God.

One more part of this faith is having it without wavering. James 1:6 says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” Here James is talking about asking God for wisdom, but the faith aspect applies to any time we ask God for something.

God tells us to ask in faith, without wavering.

Think about a person who wavers, if they are unsure of everything, or if God will answer, why would it glorify God to give them anything? When they get it, they will not glorify God or praise Him for His goodness. They will not see that the answer is from God. They will not point others to Christ.

God is jealous for the glory He deserves, and what’s more, He wants His gifts to bring us closer to Him. He wants us to come to Him without wavering. He wants us to see Him as the source of all goodness and reward. That is why He asks for faith in Him.

So I invite you, search the scriptures, build your faith, refuse to waver, and see God’s reward for diligently seeking Him.

It doesn’t matter what you need from Christ, wisdom, grace, understanding, or simply help. If you’re tired, if you’re weary, if you’re lost- go to Him.

He is the source of everything we need. Won’t you seek Him without wavering today?

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When you ask . . .

Have you ever been overwhelmed by some task and you started to worry?  Then you suddenly thought of someone you needed. You realized that you knew a carpenter or an electrician or maybe someone who was good with computers. You  made the decision to call them and suddenly everything was ok.

Sometimes we need more than someone who is skilled at something. Sometimes, we need God.

Psalm 38 contains this sentence, “Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.” What a short and profound prayer. No matter what your problem may be, or what your worry is, you can ask God for help. You can call upon Him. There is nothing beyond his power or outside His control. Whenever you have something difficult to accomplish, or a problematic situation, call upon God. He can always help.

As 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Literally throw your worries on God. Let Him bear the weight of your anxieties. After all, He has nothing to worry about, and He knows the answer to every situation.

Let’s ask God for help in any situation!

Don’t skip the physical

A lot of times the Christian community likes to super-spiritualize things. We think, God is our rock and salvation. And when we think that, we picture God as one who stabilizes our emotions. (and that’s true!) We think that God will save us from Hell. And he will! (If we ask and trust Him.)

But what I’m getting at here is that sometimes we skip the physical stuff. I mean, let’s face it. We aren’t physically threatened every day. (Or at least I’m not) But many times when David wrote things like, “He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved,” Psalm 62:2, David was talking about his physical life.

David was hiding from a king who wanted to kill him. David had enemies outside Israel. When David left the sheep he became a warrior. Yeah, the root word is ‘war.’ He went to war for a living. And with all those dangers, David said,

“He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence I shall not be greatly moved.”

So I challenge you, next time you read a verse like that, think deeper. Think more than just emotional or spiritual. God can and will provide for us, not just spiritually and emotionally, but physically as well. He will keep us safe.

If you are a serviceman such as a fireman or police officer, remember, God is your defense. If you are in danger in any way, please, call upon God. He “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1

Do you cast aside your garment?

Have you ever been in that place of desperation where you needed something, and you needed it badly? When you are in that situation, who do you cry out to? When you need help, who do you go to? Do you go to your family, your friends, your pastor, psychologist, etc.? When we have a need met or an obstacle removed from our life, we can find comfort and solace in others. But we can find a solution to our situation only in one person. And that person is Christ.

In Mark 10 we find the story of a blind man called Bartimaeus. He wanted to have his sight. When he found out that Jesus was coming, he began to cry out. His earnest cry was heard by others, and they told him to be quiet. When they did, the Bible says he, "cried the more a great deal." He cried out to God for mercy. He kept calling, and calling. When Jesus heard him, he commanded that Bartimaeus be called.

When Jesus asked for him to be called, the blind man responded in an unusual way. Verse 50 reads, "And he casting away his garment rose, and came to Jesus." Think about that, how easily could a blind man find his coat? If it was beyond reach, it most likely was going to be almost impossible to find, especially in the street. This man not only cried out and went to Jesus, but he did so in faith. What a testimony!

When we need something, do we go to Christ alone? Do we cry out to Him, over and over again. Do we cry out in desperation and with no reserves?

I would like to challenge you. Whatever you need in your life, go to Christ. Cry out to Him. Go to Him. But more than all this, go to Him in faith. It is our faith that will enable us to receive the mercy from our Lord. If we go to Christ in faith for something we need to accomplish His will, he will say to us, like He said to Bartimaeus:

"Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole." – Mark 10:52