The better prepared you are for tomorrow, the more effective you can be.
Mark 11:22 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Jesus said that we should take no thought for tomorrow, what we should eat, or drink, or wear. He did NOT say we should not think about tomorrow, and prepare for tomorrow to be successful and to be greater blessings than we were yesterday and today. Our Text for Today is one of the great foundational texts for preaching and teaching on the subject of faith. It is a message that needs to be declared far more often than it is, for without faith we cannot please God. While I cannot speak for anyone but myself, I will declare that faith is of paramount importance in one’s walk with the Lord, for it is ONLY by faith that one can please the Lord. If faith is the only means by which God can be pleased, then surely it is of the greatest important.
Some translations of our Text for Today state it this way; “Have the God kind of faith.” That is, in reality, what Jesus was saying. There is a natural faith. It is the faith that comes from natural belief that is built upon natural experience. When I walk into my office, I don’t examine my office chair to see if it will hold me and not collapse under my weight. I have a natural faith in the brand name of the chair, in the reputation of the company that manufactures it, in the store that sells it, and in the assembly prowess of my older son who assembled it for me after I purchased it. Because of that natural faith, I walk into my office and simply sit down, fully expecting the chair to function precisely as it was designed. But that kind of faith, natural faith, is NOT the God kind of faith.
The God kind of faith is not based upon what has been proven to the natural senses. The God kind of faith is based purely and completely upon what God says. Where the God kind of faith is concerned, IF GOD SAID IT, THAT SETTLES IT! It is not about what one perceives with the physical senses, but what one believes in, trusts in, clings to, and relies on that which God has said. You see, God and His Word are One. Jesus is the Word made flesh. Heaven and earth (that which is natural) shall pass away, but God’s Word shall never pass away. The God kind of faith reads God’s Word, hears God’s Word proclaimed, meditates upon God’s Word, and holds fast to God’s Word as though it has already taken place. The God kind of faith obeys God’s Word to imitate the faith walk just as Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit demonstrate the faith walk. The God kind of faith calls things that be not as though they were. Have the God kind of faith!
Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-24; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-6; Matthew 6:25-34; Romans 4:17