Mark 11:22 Have Faith In God

“Have faith in God, Jesus answered.” Mark 11:22

Jesus and the disciples had been walking along the road. Jesus saw a fig tree that was not producing fruit, and so He cursed it. The next morning as they passed by it again, the disciples noticed that the fig tree had withered up and died. They were amazed.

Jesus, then, tells them to have faith in God.

Faith is a belief and trust in someone or something. Every person has been given some faith. Every person has some faith. It is just a matter of question as to what their faith is in.

Every day when you go out to your car you have faith that your car will start. Or when you go to work, you have faith that you still have a job. Or when you turn on the light switch, that the light will turn on.

You have faith when you drive down the road, that the other drivers will stay on their side of the road. You have faith the leaders of your community will make correct decisions.

There are many other things you have faith in. Some things you may have more faith in, while other things, you have less faith in.

You can have perfect faith in God in everything. God is a God of love and will take care of you. God will only give you what is best for you. God will also answer every prayer that you pray.

Are you listening for God to answer your prayer? Are you willing to accept His answer?

Do not doubt anything with God. Every time you pray, God will answer. Sometimes it will be a positive answer to your prayer, other times a negative answer to your prayer, but always an answer.

Believe that whatever the answer is, it is the best answer possible. God will work in and through you each and everyday, if you believe in Him.

Where is your faith today?

I pray today that God will prove His faithfulness to you; that you will have faith in God; that you will not doubt God at all; that you will trust God in all of His answers to you; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.

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1 John 5:14-15 Confidence in Asking

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

Here are two verses that are often misread. Many people love to hear the part about how they can approach God to ask Him of something and how He hears them. But many of those same people forget the part that the asking has to be done according to His will.

Most people go to God just like a child goes to see Santa Clause. Every child seeing Santa Clause has a long list of wants, things that they desire to have for a Christmas present. Nearly all the things on that list is for themselves, not for other people.

In this very same way, many Christians approach God with their long list of desires. With many Christians, this is not only desires for themselves, but also for others. The heart is the same though–wanting God to do something for them.

John tells you, however, that this type of approach to God does not work. The approach that works is the person who goes to God and asks Him for something that God desires. All requests must be according to the will of God.

At this point, things get a little tough for most people. If you look at the Bible it appears that it is God’s will to heal all people. So, then, you go ahead and pray for healing for a person. The person does not get healed.

Before you prayed, did you ask God if it was His will to heal that person? Maybe God has that person sick for a time to get his attention; or to be an example of trusting in God for another person; or something else only God knows what.

Not everything that appears good is in God’s will. Remember that His ways are above your ways and His understanding and wisdom is greater than yours. You only see the here and now. God sees the heart and the future also. God knows what is best.

I am not saying not to pray for some desire you have. What I am saying is check to see if that desire is in God’s will. Seek God to find out what He wants in that situation.

When you ask anything that God desires, He will more than gladly fulfill that desire. He wants to do something, you need to be in tune with that something. If you are asking what He desires He will then hear you and answer you.

I pray that today God will reveal what He desires in every situation on your heart; that you will know God’s will and pray according to it; that your prayers will not be selfish; and that God will do mighty things through you because He hears you.

1 Peter 3:14-15 Suffering for Doing Right

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:14-15

Peter points out that most of the time when you do something good no one will harm you, but there are times someone will. Here he tells you that if you are harmed for doing something right, you are blessed.

What does he mean “blessed” when suffering for doing good? No one likes to suffer, how is that a blessings? Paul said he found joy in suffering for Christ, because he was going through a little of what Jesus had to go through. It is sort of like paying Jesus back a little for what He has gone through for you. The only way to find this joy is in a deep relationship with Jesus and really seeing what He has done for you.

Then you are told not to be afraid of their threats. These are the threats of those who are mis-treating you. Remember, the worst man can do to you is kill your body. In that happening you get to go to be with Jesus in heaven forever. Their threats are only temporary at best.

Peter then tells you to revere Christ as Lord in your heart. This is placing Jesus as the absolute ruler of everything in your life. Honor God with your whole life.

Then you are to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you. Do you know what you believe? Do you know why you believe what you believe? Can you answer someone who asks those questions on the spot? In another spot you are told to be ready in season and out of season. God will usually open doors for sharing your faith when you are not at church. Be ready for that.

In giving that answer, you must do it with gentleness and respect. Many times I have seen believers cramming God down the throats of people, only showing the sinfulness of their ways and the judgment of God. There is very little love of God in that, even though it all may be true. A kind word usually will turn away wrath, calming a person down. Respect the non-believer, even though you do not agree with his way of living or beliefs. If you look at the gospels, most of the time when Jesus used angry words it was with believers in God, not the people living in the world with no regard for God. Be gentle today.

I pray that today God will give you strength to do the right thing all the time; that God will reveal the blessings in suffering for doing right; that God will remove all fear in your life; that you will revere Jesus as Lord in your heart; that you will be ready to give an answer any time needed; and that you will speak with gentleness and respect to non-believers.