Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.
- Mark 11:24
Thoughts on Today’s Bible Verse:
The Lord Jesus teaches us that we must have faith in God. No matter what difficulties or setbacks, as long as we pray and rely on Him with a true heart, God will fulfill our prayers according to His will. It is recorded in the Bible that many people bore resounding testimonies for God. In the meantime, they saw God’s lots of wondrous deeds.
Just as God says, “When Moses struck the rock, and the water bestowed by Jehovah sprang forth, it was because of his faith. When David played the lyre in praise of Me, Jehovah — with his heart filled with joy — it was because of his faith. When Job lost his livestock that filled the mountains and untold masses of wealth, and his body became covered in sore boils, it was because of his faith. When he could hear the voice of Me, Jehovah, and see the glory of Me, Jehovah, it was because of his faith. That Peter could follow Jesus Christ, it was by his faith. That he could be nailed to the cross for My sake and give glorious testimony, it was also by his faith. When John saw the glorious image of the Son of man, it was by his faith. When he saw the vision of the last days, it was all the more by his faith. The reason why the so-called multitudes of the Gentile nations have obtained My revelation, and came to know that I have returned in the flesh to do My work among man, it is also because of their faith.”
From God’s words, we can understand that it’s essential we have faith in Him. If we don’t doubt God or treat everything God arranged for us according to our notions and imaginations, but have faith in Him and fully obey His sovereignty and arrangements, then we won’t deny God in trials and tribulations but stand witness for Him and follow Him to the end. However, in real life, we have confidence only in favorable circumstances, but will lose the faith we have once had in times of adversity. What’s worse, we even have no heart to pray during this time, and become weak and negative. Then how can we have true faith in God in our experience?
God says, “No matter what kind of refinement you undergo in your experiences from God’s words, God requires mankind’s faith. This way, what is perfected are people’s faith and aspirations. When you cannot touch or see it, it is under these circumstances that your faith is required. People’s faith is required for when something cannot be seen by the naked eye, and your faith is required for when you cannot let go of your own notions. When you are not clear on God’s work, what is required is your faith and that you take a firm stance and stand witness. When Job reached this point, God appeared to him and spoke to him. That is, it is only from within your faith that you will be able to see God, and when you have faith God will perfect you. Without faith, He cannot do this. God will bestow upon you whatever you hope to gain. If you don’t have faith, you cannot be perfected and you will be unable to see God’s actions, much less see His omnipotence. When you have faith and you can touch His actions in your practical experience, God will appear to you, and He will enlighten and guide you from within. Without that faith, God will be unable to do that. If you have lost hope in God, how will you be able to experience Him? Therefore, only when you have faith and you do not harbor doubts toward God, only when you have true faith in Him no matter what He does will He enlighten and illuminate you in your experiences, and only then will you be able to see His actions. These things are all achieved through faith, and faith is only achieved through refinement — faith cannot develop in the absence of refinement. What does faith refer to? Faith is the genuine belief and the sincere heart that humans should possess when they cannot see or touch something, when God’s work is not in line with human notions, when it is beyond human reach. This is the faith that I speak of.”
Source: Walk in the Light
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