Are we walking in the certainty of faith or by the uncertainty of luck? Christians will tell you they don’t believe in luck; nevertheless, unconsciously they could be operating from a position of luck/chance more than they realize. The thought that the enemy could slyly infiltrate luck, happenstance into our belief system is controversial; however, it should not be shoved off as nonsense. If we are basing our faith on “how lucky we feel,” then that’s worthy of our attention. We might not use that expression per se, but still the thought of it could be a factor in our obedience to move forward in faith.
God might answer my prayer vs. God will answer my prayer
Recently, I did a post called: Possible! In that writing, I said I wanted to learn as much about faith as God would allow; I wanted to be able to do everything He said I can do through His Son—leaving no stones unturned. Well, the Holy Spirit heard my request; the almighty Teacher led me to read and study the book of Acts.
As I was reading, I couldn’t help but notice how the apostles spoke in the confidence of Jesus Christ. In Acts 3:6 when Peter and John were approached by a lame man asking for arms at the temple, Peter declared, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Peter spoke in a clear imperative voice. Nowhere, in his statement reflects the wavering sound of “by chance.”
When Peter spoke—Heaven responded!
While Paul was preaching in Lystra, he noticed a man who happened to be crippled. Paul said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on thou feet.” The man leaped and walked (see Acts 14:8-10). Think about the confidence Paul had to have had for him to be able to speak in a loud voice before witnesses. Paul didn’t base his assertion on luck, instead he spoke assuredly that the man would walk—and so he did.
Who wants to look foolishly if desired results are not produced?
After completing the book of Acts, I asked the Holy Spirit why don’t we see more of these signs and wonders in the church today? In Mark 16:17-18, it says that these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
God has given us a measure of faith; plus, the backing of His Word to go forth!
According to Hebrews 11:1 (AMP), Faith is the assurance (confirmation) of things hoped for. The word assurance eliminates the notion of luck. First John 5:14-15 (AMP) tells us that the confidence we have in Him (God), gives us the privilege to ask anything according to His will, and He listens and hears us. And if we positively know that He listens, we know with settled and absolute knowledge that we have the requests made.
Is your faith built on the assured power of God?
The Holy Spirit revealed to me that those apostles were able to speak with such certainty because they were able to hear the Spirit; therefore, they were able to carry out His will. Their acute hearing was because of the close intimate relationship they had with the Father. God is no respecter of persons; just like with the apostles, we can have the same closeness if we so desire (see Psalm 145:18; James 4:8).
Self-analysis: Am I walking more by faith or by luck?
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.