Is there a difference between the thinking of a 20- or 30-something-year-old single male and a 40- or 50-something never-married single male about getting married? I will address that in the next article. In the meanwhile, first, view the video on the “HIS” Webpage. After that, view the response from her HERE of the marry-me-or-don’t-bother-coming-over ultimatum given by her. This film clip is from the movie “Picnic,” which was released by Columbia Pictures in 1955.
Many years ago I was about to go on my 1st missions trip to Mexico and I did not have the money to go but I believed God for the money to go. I knew God was going to provide and I would tell people that I was going on a mission’s trip to Mexico. I said this in faith knowing that I was going and that God was going to provide for me. Sure enough God brought in the money and I was able to go on that trip.
“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;”
This verse talks about calling things into existence. I called that money into existence by telling people that I was going on that trip by faith. I spoke what I wanted and the money came in so I could go on that trip. That trip was a life changing experience for me. We had gifts for the children and I was able to give them the gifts and show the love of God to those children. I came back from that trip and wanted to go back. I wanted to be used by God more like that. That was my 1st mission’s trip and I was able to go back 3 more times to Mexico. I eventually was able to go to Bible school here in the US and learned world missions in the 3rd year of my schooling. It is wonderful to see how God orders your steps but you have to apply His Word and step out by faith like I did on that 1st trip. I had to believe God that the money would come and that opened other doors for me to walk through.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
What does that verse mean? It means, faith is what you hold on to, it is your substance that you have in place while you wait for what you are believing for to materialize into reality. Say you are believing for a new car. You don’t have the car in your possession yet, but you have faith for that car. Your faith is the substance that you hold on to until you get possession of that car. Your faith is what you hold on to while you are believing for that new car to come into existence.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
You will need to have faith to receive what you are believing for. You get faith by hearing God’s Word.
“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.”
The Word of God is His will, you know His will when you know His Word. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (NKJV) As you get into the Word of God you will receive faith for those things that God promises and you will be able to know what His will is and your spirit will be filled with the confidence to believe God for what you need and/or desire.
Abraham is someone in the Bible who had faith that what God had promised to him would come to pass. Abraham is considered the father of faith. If you are not familiar with the story of Abraham and Sarah, here is the story. Abraham was an old man and his wife was well advanced in years also and they had not had any children. His wife was barren all those years, but God made a covenant with Abraham. A covenant is a commitment, a promise, a contract so to speak. God made a covenant with Abraham—that Abraham would be the father of many nations, but the reality was that up to this point, Abraham had no children, so how was he going to be a father of many nations? Well that is where faith comes in. Abraham had to put his faith in what God had promised, that it would come to pass. What I like about Abraham is that he clung to what God had said to him. No matter how long it took or how people came against him saying did you really hear from God? Why is it taking so long? But Abraham remembered what God had promised and He believed that God could do and was going to do what He said He would do.
Are there things in your life that are taking a long time and people are saying to you, “Did you really hear from God?”, “Why is it taking so long for these promises to come to pass?” This takes us back to Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing…” Be encouraged. Abraham believed God no matter how long it took. He knew that what God had spoken to him would come to pass. You need to believe too just like Abraham; no matter how long it took, Abraham had hope in his heart that what God said will come to pass. Also be aware of Mark 4:14-17 when it comes to feeding on God’s Word, “The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. (Note: there will be challenges to your faith) These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.” James 1:2-4 encourages, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (NKJV) Spending time in God’s Word places you in position to have your faith tested but then having grown in your patience, sweet victory and provision is yours. In Faith, time is not an issue; biblical history confirms that God has never been late.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.”
What do you do when things are not working the way you thought? You are believing God for something and you are not seeing it happening? You stay in God’s Word from which “Faith comes”, trust God, you have your faith in God, you worship God because He is faithful and you speak the promises of God. God is faithful to His Word and it will come to pass.