When Y2K was just around the corner, no one knew exactly what would happen. But there’s one thing we can stock up on anytime that will help us through anything: FAITH. This message will give you some practical ways to “stock up on your faith.” (Recorded December 16, 1999)
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“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)
Faith is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Here are some practical ways to stock up on your faith.
1. Read the Bible regularly
The Bible is full of stories of ordinary people just like you and me who faced impossible circumstances. Yet, “by faith” they accomplished extra-ordinary things. As we continually read the stories of how God worked in other people’s lives, we can have confidence he will work in ours, too.
Here are some suggestions for great stories to read from the Bible:
Exodus 16 – Manna from heaven
I Kings 17 – Elijah fed by ravens
Exodus 1-14 – The flight from Egypt
Jonah 1-4 – Jonah and the whale
Genesis 37-50 – Joseph’s dreams come true
Luke 1-3 – The birth of Jesus
John 1-21 – The life of Jesus
2. Pray regularly and listen for God’s direction
God has many things he wants to tell you and he has a purpose for your life. By talking and listening to him in prayer, we can get his input on everything in our lives, from what to do for the day, to what to do for the rest of our lives. Bring your requests to God, and then listen for his answers, and his direction.
“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3)
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:8-9)
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)
3. Be doers of the Word and not hearers only.
I recently heard someone talking about how much she liked having a treadmill in her house. She said she hardly ever used it, but just knowing it was there made her feel better.
We sometimes do the same thing with the Bible and prayer. We feel better just knowing we have a Bible and knowing that we could pray anytime we needed to. But if we don’t make a habit of reading and praying, we will be in non better shape than if we didn’t have them at all. Read your Bible. Pray and listen. Then put into practice what you read and hear. Just like a muscle, your faith will get stronger every time you put it to use.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22, KJV)
God still sends manna from heaven
“I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
48 I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:47-51)
Lord, help us to build up our faith to face the things coming in the days ahead. Help us to read your Word regularly, to talk to you regularly, and to act on what we read and hear. Lord, increase our faith. Help us where we have unbelief. And strengthen us to be good servants for you in every way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.