Part 5- What Happens When We Have Faith
In today’s blog we will continue our discussion of looking at life with eyes of faith. Today we are going to talk about the benefits of doing that. Let’s start with the first one.
When I look at life with eyes of faith my problems shrink.
Why? Because I begin to see what God is doing. I begin to see things from God’s viewpoint. I say to God: “Lord, You’re a big God.” “You are in total control.” “I know You can handle this problem, so I give it all to You”.
That takes the pressure off, because now it God’s problem. It’s no longer my problem. Genesis 18:14 asks the question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” The answer is, no. In Luke 1:37 Jesus said, For nothing is impossible with God!”
The other day I was reading about a famous preacher. He said if you come to his office and try to look up the word “impossible” in his dictionary, you wouldn’t find it. He said 35 years ago, he cut it out of his dictionary.
He said, “If it’s not in God’s vocabulary, it’s not in his either”. So that’s the first benefit — our problems shrink.
Let’s look at a second benefit.
When I look at life with eyes of faith doors open for miracles to happen.
Faith can move mountains. Let’s look at Mark 11:22-23.
“Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”
OK, so what is Jesus talking about? Well, we know God created the universe, and He established physical laws to govern it. In this passage Jesus is saying the law of faith can supersede physical laws of the universe. Jesus is talking about miracles, and that’s why He tells us to put our faith in God. God controls the universe, and He’s the only One Who can suspend its laws.
Let me ask you — what’s the mountain in your life? What do you think will never change? Let me ask you — are you sure? Maybe God will suspend the laws of nature and do a miracle for you. It’s not like he has never done that before. I remember one time we had a Celebrate Recovery meeting at our church. When we finished our meeting one of the people discovered they had locked their keys in their car. So, we tried all kinds of things to get the car open. Finally, someone said, “Let’s pray”. So, we did. No more than 5 minutes later a guy drives up and asks if we need some help. It turns out he was a car repo guy, and he happened to have the exact key that opened the car door!
I think that was a miracle. The guy said he was going home and he always took a different route, but for some reason he decided to alter his course and drive down our street!!!!
OK, let’s look a third benefit.
When we look at life with eyes of faith God moves on our behalf.
Now, I do not subscribe to what is called health and wealth theology. That’s a belief system which says God will give me any thing I want if I believe it hard enough. That’s a false system of belief. But having said that, let’s look at Matthew 9:29-30.
“After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.”
Jesus said, “because of your faith it will happen”. OK — so what does that mean — and how can we apply it?
Well, we can ask ourselves the same question Jesus asked the blind men. Jesus asked, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
Let’s translate that to a question to one that applies to us. “Do I believe God can do what I ask?”
That’s the same question. If my faith says “yes” God can work a miracle — there’s a strong chance He will do it. Now having said that — we have to understand that God sees the big picture. It may be that what I am asking for is not beneficial — even though I might think so. However, God will still give an answer — but He will do what is beneficial. So, faith says — God, I know You can do what I am asking”. But if You don’t — I know what You will do is better.” That’s still putting faith in God.
That covers three benefits of looking at life through eyes of faith. Next week we will finish up and look at three more. See you then…