Are you going through a tough stage in your life that doesn’t seem to be ending, and the only advice you have been given is, “It’s your lack of faith”? Really, that advice never helps, and only serves to make us feel inadequate in the Lord’s work.
I want to tell you that it isn’t your lack of faith that’s holding you down. I want to encourage you that your faith towards something is never going to work. You will never get that victory. Why is that encouraging? Because you no longer have to believe for the victory. It’s already been done.
Today we have this idea that we need a lot of faith if we’re going to overcome whatever obstacle we’re facing, but in reality, the case is not how much faith you have, but how much faith He has.
Christ knew we could never overcome, that’s why He died on the cross. He knew we couldn’t do it. If we could heal ourselves, or overcome our obstacles by our faith, Christ’s death would have been in vain. It makes Christ death obsolete because we’re saying the victory hasn’t been won. We’re trying to gain what Christ has already given.
But here’s the good news. We only need faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains. That Scripture doesn’t give power to our faith, but to His. It shows how little of our faith is needed, and it’s hardly a significant amount.
So how do we have the faith of Christ? We stop looking to the circumstance, and look to Jesus.
I feel the Lord wants me to share this true story I heard awhile back about a preacher named Smith Wigglesworth. He and his team of ministers were praying for healing for this girl who was dying from a disease. I can’t remember the specifics, but I know healing never came until they did one thing. They stopped praying for healing, and instead they began to speak the name of Jesus. They spoke His name over and over, and eventually they had forgotten about the girl’s healing altogether. They experienced God’s strong presence in that room as soon as the focus was on Jesus, and they continued to speak the name of Jesus with eyes closed. When they opened their eyes, the girl was standing, completely healthy and restored.
That is incredibly encouraging because the victory is no longer held in my hands, but in His. It’s no longer my works that saves, but Christ’s.
I will leave this post with one of my favourite verses: Hebrews 11:6. “ But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”