Are we Full Of Faith? Or Excuses?: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Faith, Trust and Obedience the legs upon which we rest, our Christian Doctrine. 

Is our life full of Faith and Power?  Do we really trust and obey?

Or do we live a life of excuses, explaining why the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers?

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Sometimes the answers seem far away, through a dark place, it’s scary and we try to comfort. 

We attempt to explain the workings of God.

We give Excuses for Gods, seemingly non-action.  He didn’t answer my prayer, there must be a reason. 

“If I’m not healed today,  I know that when I shut my eyes in death, I will be healed in heaven”.

If it be Thy will, Oh Lord.”

I know I will be healed in Gods time.”

Jesus gave two answers, when His Diciples asked:
Why could not we cast him (the evil spirit), out?

Jesus answered:
Because of your unbelief:
This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Lack of Faith, and fasting and prayer.

We are all given a measure of Faith. 

1 Samuel 2:35a
And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind:

To become that Faithful priest, we must build our Faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:20).  By reading, memorizing, meditating, speaking and hearing the Word of God.  (Romans 10:17)

Fasting and Prayer also builds our Faith, by drawing us closer to God.  He sees our desire to have more of Him, He understands we are serious.  He rewards those who diligently seek Him.  (Hebrews 11:6)

Our unbelief is the major reson for un-answered prayer.

“He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

“He marvelled because of their unbelief.”

“He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart,”

He said of Abraham:

“being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,”

being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
(Romans 4) 

Are we fully persuaded?

Abraham believed God and it was counted to him, as righteousness. (Romans 4:3)

We must avoid the “evil heart of unbelief.”

Hebrews 3:12
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief,

They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.”  (Hebrews 3)

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”

So we see that they could not enter in (to His rest), because of unbelief.”

We must believe. 

Jesus healed all that were afflicted, when they came to Him.  Not later, it didn’t take time, He did it NOW, TODAY.  He said we would do this and more.

Both the Faith of one praying, and the one needing prayer can be a reason for healing, or lack thereof.

Acts 14:8-10
King James Version (KJV)
And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,  Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

The one seeking healing must have Faith and the one praying must be bold, full of Faith and able to speak and  pray an effectual fervent prayer.
(James 5:16)

This is complicated by the fact that God, although always there, sometimes tests us.  We cannot always sense His Presence.

Song of Solomon 5:6
King James Version (KJV)
I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

Lamentations 3:8
King James Version (KJV)
Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.”

Lamentations 3:44
King James Version (KJV)
Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.”

He is testing us.  We must continue to seek His face.  How badly do we need and want Him.

Lamentations 3:26
King James Version (KJV)
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:40-41
King James Version (KJV)
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.   Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

We also need to realize that God can and does what He pleases.  Godly people can be sick for Gods reasons.

Philippians 2:13
King James Version (KJV)
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:27
King James Version (KJV)
For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.”  (Speaking of Timothy)

We must learn, in everything to give thanks.

Do not give excuses for Gods lack of action, they are not Biblical

If you do not see the answer you would like, continue to lift it to the Lord, in thanksgiving and prayer.

Our job is to believe and act on that belief.  It is up to God to comfort those we pray for. 

We should not try to explain.  We have no idea what He is doing in their lives. 

SO DO NOT, GIVE EXCUSES FOR THE LORD NOT ANSWERING YOUR PRAYER.

It is between them and God, teach them to seek His face.

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He may be doing a more important work, within them. Trust and Obey.  

Lord help us please, to have Faith in You.  Amen

4 thoughts on “Are we Full Of Faith? Or Excuses?: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

  1. Is faith a feeling? Is it possible to obey afraid? Doesn’t fear suggest an absense of faith or the apprehension that this might turn out badly? Joyce Meyer says obey afraid. The Bible says work out your salvation WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING because its God giving the desire and ability to obey. Jesus admonished his follower to believe and his response was I believe but help my unbelief. We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Pressing in to a life journey calls for other sensory skills than sight. Ears to hear. Discernment to changes in the atmosphere and sensitivity to those things that are our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Honing quick reflexes to obey when THE MASTER speaks. God will never ask us to do anything outside His character and the only way we can discern who is speaking is to judge it by God’s Word. We must be strong in the word to be wise and not trapped or tripped.

    There are lots of times and long periods when I pray without immediate answers. Should I judge myself faithless? I don’t think so. My relationship with the Lord doesn’t have to look like someone else’s relationship. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. We must be careful to avoid formulalizing success. It was the law that put me to death but I died to the law so that I can now live for Christ.

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    • jan,
      The point of this post is, we do not need and should not give excuses when we pray for someome, if God doesn’t act immediately as we would like.

      We do not know the reason we di not see the answer…. so don’t put excuses in Gods mouth.

      just pray and believe… it is Gods job to answer that persons questions.

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      • That’s all about obedience, isn’t it? Are we in violent agreement or are you saying if I pray knowing God calls me to pray and am not totally convinced in my spirit because my mind is not sure, than unanswered prayer is all I can expect? Didn’t Moses raise his rod over the water before it parted? Corrie Ten Boom said she felt nothing but revulsion and bitter hatred toward her captor until she reached out her hand to his extended, asking for forgiveness. Sometimes the confirmation and assurance comes on the heal of acting in obedience then, yes, leaving the outcome in God’s hands. He can defend Himself.

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