Today’s message is entitled, “Fire, Rain and Faith”.
I recently had a vision in prayer. I saw meadow with a large clump of tail grass. Next thing I was standing in front of the large clump of tall grass and it was pushed left and right so I could see a pile of large stones. They look like they had fallen and in the middle of the stones I saw a wrist watch that looked like mine I wear. Then I heard these words “It Is Time”.
I knew the stones had once been an altar but they had fallen and it had not been used in a while. I began to pray and ask God what it meant. I had lots of words begin to come to mind, It Is Time to seek the Lord, It Is Time to Worship the Lord, It Is Time to Search Your Heart, It Is Time to Stand in Faith, It Is Time to Prepare For the Soon Coming King, It Is Time.
As I searched the scriptures I was lead to Hosea 10.
(Hos 10:12) Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
Hosea 12:6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
Hosea 6: 1 “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us, but he will bind up our wounds.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
3 Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
But in the midst of all this we must turn to the Lord worship Him, Praise Him, have Faith in Him. Break up the fallow ground of our heart and seek the Lord until He comes and rains down righteousness on us.
Faith Takes the Answer Now
Faith, we know, grows out of the Word of God: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).
Faith says the same thing the Word of God says. Once we know what the word says we need to believe and act on it now.
JOHN 20:25-29 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
ROMANS 4:17-21 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Can you see any difference between Abraham’s faith and Thomas’ faith?
Thomas said, “I won’t believe unless I can see the print of the nails and the wound in His side.” Jesus told him, “Because thou hast SEEN me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:20).
Abraham, on the other hand, is one who “called those things which be not as though they were” (v. 17).
Which faith is Bible faith? Abraham’s, of course! Our text says in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ” Abraham is mentioned in this same 11th chapter of Hebrews. His faith was based on “being fully persuaded that, what he [God] had promised, he was able also to perform” (Rom. 4:21).
Here is a little formula of faith patterned after Abraham’s faith which you can make work for you:
First, Abraham had God’s Word for it.
Second, Abraham believed God’s Word.
Third, Abraham did not considered the contradictory circumstances.
Fourth, Abraham gave praise to God.
Follow those four steps and you’ll always get through to God. They are four steps to certain deliverance, healing, or whatever you are seeking.
Notice Thomas’ faith. It was not based upon what God said; it was based upon Thomas’ physical senses. He said he wouldn’t believe unless he could see.
So many people are like that. They say, “When I see it or feel it, I’ll know I have it.” But that isn’t Bible faith. That’s natural human faith—and any sinner already has that kind of faith!
Faith, the Gift of God to All
God plans for nothing to be ordinary.
In the Kingdom of God, the extraordinary is to be so common that it is ordinary. Each person is special. The Shepherd with a hundred sheep searches for one gone astray. The boy David, the young outsider in Jesse’s warrior family, was chosen to be anointed as the future King. Christianity is the religion of the unwanted.
Faith is the fertile ground in which God grows His people. By Faith we tackle difficulties with determination and confidence. It is common for believers to perform beyond their natural capacity. Jesus said to the unlearned fishermen on Galilee, “I will make you!” (Matthew 4:19). They switched direction and elevation.
Divine Principle of Action
The absolute ABC of faith is that as we act, God acts. We respond to Him by faith, and He responds to us for faith. Paul found that it operated like the blood flowing through his veins.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)