Sometimes God is silent. What happens when your faith is challenged and you hold on as long as you can but it seems that God never shows up?
Martha’s faith was high and then went down. How could Jesus heal Lazarus if he was already dead?
Faith untested can’t be trusted. God can’t trust your faith until He tests it. Faith is the birth canal for miracles. Crash test dummies are used for cars. We are tested to see what we are made of as well. If your faith hasn’t been tested, then you will have to go through more pressures until you come out on the other side where it’s been proven and your faith is able to go to another level.
When you’ve been healed and you wake up the next morning feeling worse than you did before, what do you do? What you can’t see is what God is talking about. What you can’t see is where you need to keep your focus. It’s okay to question God. Spend time with God talking to Him and questioning Him, rather than dissing Him to everybody else. There’s no one else you can go to. If you would take the time to go to God to help you, you are exactly where you are supposed to be.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Abraham said, ‘even now’. Moses said, ‘even now’. Where do we go from here? The Red Sea looked bad. Moses said, ‘I don’t know how, but stand still and see the Lord work.’
Ex 14:13-14 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
Then, he goes to God and says, ‘HELP!’
Exo 14:15-16 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
Sometimes, you’re not ready to hear from God because you haven’t been tested. ‘I don’t want to change.’ But that is exactly what we need. We need to seek God and do things His way. ‘I don’t want to have to go through struggles and trials.’ But, that’s what we need in order to have real faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” You must apply that faith to your life and walk it out.
Hell will challenge a word that has been spoken to you. ‘Thus saith the Lord…’ Hell will challenge that.
Satan’s first temptation of Jesus was ‘If you are the Son of God…’ The last thing Jesus heard before his testing in the wilderness began was ‘This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.’ Satan went beyond Jesus’ need for food and questioned Who He was.
Mat 4:1-11 “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
I Peter 4:12-14 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”
I Pet 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
Something about the heat makes a vessel stronger. Your faith is going through a test and a trial. When God shows up, He will show off!
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Anthony LoCascio.