Mark 9:23-24 “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
God’s perfection is perfect, complete, lacking nothing. The Bible says Abraham’s faith was made perfect, complete by his works.
Jesus was on the boat. He’d been preaching, then He said to Peter, ‘Cast your net on the other side.’
Peter replied, ‘We’ve been fishing all night and caught nothing.’ That’s unbelief. But, then he said, ‘But because You said so…’ and he caught so many fish he couldn’t hold it all. Peter doubted, but then his words made the miracle complete, made his faith complete.
Eph 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
By demonstrating that he had faith (by works), he completed his faith. Faith is followed by a work.
James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
The woman with the issue of blood put her faith in action and pressed through the crowd so she could touch Jesus. She got her healing.
You have faith in your doctor. When he or she gives you pills and specific instructions, you take the pills and follow the instructions. Why don’t we have the same faith in God? Why don’t we put our actions behind what we believe?
Over and over in the Scriptures, God says to us, ‘All things are possible if we just believe.’ But, we have to put ‘hands and feet to our faith’. We have to do something about what we believe.
Moses argued with God at the burning bush. He had all kinds of reasons why God shouldn’t choose him. God answered his every argument. God was going to make it all happen. God was going to deliver Israel. All Moses had to do was just go.
Gideon argued with God too. God promised to be with him. All Gideon had to do was just go and God would destroy his enemies. Gideon even put out a fleece to see if God was for real.
It’s not on us, because we can’t do it. It’s all on God. All we have to do is obey Him. We have to have the works that bring the grace to get it done. God can’t drive a parked car, but He can take us to wondrous places if we simply put the car in drive and go.
Jeremiah acted out his faith by being obedient to the Word of God. God told him, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will deliver you.’
The Bible is full of situations where people are told to do things and are faced with impossible odds, but they mixed their faith with their works. They made their faith complete.
Jesus never tells us to do something as a suggestion. He always commanded. ‘Cast your net on the other side.’ It wasn’t a suggestion. It wasn’t an ‘if you want to…’ All the promises of God are ‘yea and amen,’ ‘yes, and so be it.’
If Jesus said they were going to the other side, they would get there. It doesn’t matter if a storm happens, God is still in control. God’s still got this.
God spoke to Elijah with a still, small voice (I Kings 19:12).
Caleb didn’t allow age to get in the way of what God promised. He knew he could do it because God spoke it. Age doesn’t matter. It’s all on God. David fought a giant when he was still a kid by our standards today. Age means nothing. ‘No problem. God’s got this.’
Experience doesn’t matter (or the lack of experience). The Israelites weren’t warriors as they left Egypt, but they trusted God and fought battles and won!
Bad choices and mistakes don’t matter. God can handle that. Abraham made some really bad choices and God used him. David made some really bad choices and God still used him—after the bad choices. Peter denied God three times and God still made him leader of His Church. He still filled Peter with His precious Holy Spirit.
Just obey God. It’s not on you, it’s all on Him.
It’s not up to one soldier to win the war, but he still has to fight the battles.
God is the author and the finisher of your faith. If God spoke it and you do it, you can’t mess it up.
Is 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
The parable of the talents, the guys who tried were blessed, but the guy who just buried it and didn’t try lost out. If you don’t do it, God will use someone else.
I Sam 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
If God wants you to do something, just do it. He’ll work it all out. You don’t know better than God. We will only be content, satisfied, fulfilled, and know the joy unspeakable when we do what God wants us to do, no matter how hard or easy, or even if it’s never been done before.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Skip Christo.
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