Wednesday, July 20, 2011

increase our faith

Hebrews 11:6 NLT
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Have you ever been shaken where you asked if you had faith or if you had enough faith?  Most of us have been there.  That is a tough point.  Earlier this week I shared about the message I preached Sunday where Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made plans before their faith was tested to follow God.  Have you done that?

Allowing God to increase our faith is something we are in need of.  Some of us are in desperate need.  When God does increase our faith, awesome things will happen.  God will show up as he did for those 3 guys.

Early Monday morning this week I spent some time with one of our church leaders and spent an extended time with God.  The Scripture was so good and so insightful from a place in the Bible that I have rarely been to (God often talks in places we don't expect).  The sharing was good too as we talked about our church and the strength we need for the future.  After that I found myself in the drive thru line at a local restaurant picking up breakfast for my family.  God spoke again.  This time was in a song.

Chris Tomlin is a great worship leader and concert artist, and one of his new songs, "I Lift My Hands", has caught my attention several times.  But here was a bit different reference and word from God.  The words were "let faith arise".  I was caught in a place where I have been many times.  It is a place I am familiar with and love to go to.  It is where God speaks, and I hear Him clearly.  Yet there is little said.  It is a place of worship.  Worship will increase our faith.  Here is part of Tomlin's song:

"I Lift My Hands" by Chris Tomlin

Be still, there is a healer
His love is deeper than the sea
His mercy, it is unfailing
His arms are fortress for the weak

Let faith arise
Let faith arise

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

Be still, there is a river
That flows from Calvary's tree
A fountain for the thirsty
Pure grace that washes over me

Let faith arise
Let faith arise

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

Let faith arise.  Let what God says and how He works in your life take you to a place where all your faith in God can do is rise.  It is where you end up, with no control of your own, worshipping God and being so thankful for who He is in your life.

This song is powerful.  Read the words.  Find the song.  Let God work in your life, and let God increase our faith.  We will never ever be the same.  That means we will follow closer to Him, love Him more and serve others with far more passion.  All because we allowed our faith to rise and asked God to increase our faith!

where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

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