The problem with faith
by Sparta Live | February 12, 2018 6:36 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
I have often said, the problem with faith is that we don’t realize how difficult it is to apply until we have to use it.
Author Max Lucado tells in his book, “Six Hours One Friday,” that “all of us need an anchor that will hold during the storms of life.” Our faith in Christ Jesus should be that anchor. And, if it isn’t, then we are focused in the wrong direction, and our faith will perish.
A pastor told me years ago that faith should be a verb. It should be something we do as much as what we have.
But what does great faith look like? Let’s jump to the next level, and we’ll see what an elevated level of faith looks like.
As we read in Heb. 11:23-28, Moses took faith to the next level, even so that the writer of Hebrews records the action in Chapter 11’s hall of faith.
Moses was born a Hebrew. To rescue him from death by sword, he was floated down the Nile for God to protect him. He was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as an Egyptian. He chose the truth and became a Hebrew in slavery over a lie of being an Egyptian in freedom.
He left Egypt for 40 years, after which his faith was elevated to another level when God called him to go back to do the impossible.
Faith is believing that God can. Great faith is knowing that He will.
You see, the problem with faith is that we often don’t realize how difficult it is to apply it until the time comes to use it.
Moses had faith that God existed. He had faith in God prospering him. He had faith in God providing for him.
But what God was about to call him to in the dessert, 40 years removed from his greatest fear, was about to elevate his faith to the next level.
Go back to where you fled from.
Go back to where you killed a man and buried him in the sand.
Go get my people and get them out of there.
The problem with faith is that the next guy may not be at the same level of understanding and expectation.
Oh and by the way, Pharaoh won’t easily let them go. He won’t have a level of faith that you have. They have been there for over 400 years, and there’s 100’s of thousands of them and probably even millions.
Oh and the guy in charge, thinks he’s a god – so good luck.
What God was calling Moses to do would require his level of faith to be elevated. It was time for great faith to be applied to Moses’ life.
The problem with faith is that sometimes you’re the only one standing on the hill.
Moses turned from his burning bush experience and had no army, no experience, and little ability to communicate. But his faith drove him to lead the greatest mass exodus ever recorded. And all of this happened with no army, no experience, and little ability to communicate.
The problem with faith is we have to know that God can do what we are seeing.
When our faith is elevated to a greater level, then our expectation rises along with it. The writer of Hebrews tells us that faith is given to us and that faith grows.
The problem with faith is maybe we’re just not using it enough.
Let’s meet this Sunday at Christpoint Church, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and we will talk more. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home my friends.