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Putting God to the Test.

Putting God to the Test.

 

ANNNt…ANNNNNNT….ANNNNNT..aNNT …Annnt….ANN…Crash!!!!

So I woke up this morning as my alarm clock hit the floor at 6:02am and sat on the edge of my bed. Out of nowhere God  started to deal with me about the  limitations of faith, so I thought this was a lesson that  I would share. How many times do we go to church, attend ministry meetings, go to work , attend board meetings and listen to our expectations in life, work, and in our walk with God.

We listen to our leaders (pastors/board members)  talk about our goals and application of  our organizaition’s mission to bring about some sort of change. Whether it’s monetary growth/fundraising, increasing profit margins and generating exposure ,to increasing member outreach and bringing in more bodies to fill the seats in a sanctuary.

We get so focused on increase that as leaders in the ministry and/or corporate America  we sometimes forget the importance of understanding our current levels of success. God dealt with me about understanding the rules of stewardship and  faith and how it has  the answers to growth in life. Where ever you are in life ,ministry growth or in your corporate career you first must understand the reward and merit of what you currently have.  We often times have our hands out  saying “Please sir, I want some more”  and “Lord I’m faithful in doing work but I want to see the efforts of my labor.”  We ask where is the increase?

Faith as quoted in the bible,  Hebrews 11:1  is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  So in actuality faith is believeing in the unknown outcome. Stewardship is really understanding that what God has already given us is just as important as my expected increase. If we aren’t good stewards of God’s smaller rewards can we really expect to appreciate growth, or more importantly will we even notice it when it happens?

So the question is, can you have effective faith expectations if you don’t understand stewardship?

To have truth faith is to challenge God and put him to the test.  And I know you’re probably thinking “hold on, i’m not challenging God on anything” as you run from lightening bolts that might strike you down. lol..  but notice, I didn’t say to just question him but to challenge. In challenging God you use his word as tools of merit for your faith-actions.  What better way to show God that you have a grasp of his teachings and have enough faith in him then to hold him accountable for his word.

Think about it……

Helpful Scriptures:

Job 8:7 (KJV) says: Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

Job 42:12 (NLT) says: So the LORD blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.

 Quote: ” Worring Paralyzes Faith” – Anon

Relating post:https://blog.meettheneed.org/?p=432

 

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