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The Strengthening of Our Faith
3/11/2016

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor. 5:6 -7 (NKJV)

I think every one of us can get a little frustrated at ourselves when we stumble by lacking faith. We have all heard how important faith is, and that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Even so, each of us will fail in the faith department at times, as this is all a part of our being strengthened in our faith. When I think of this, I cannot help but think about the great prophet Elijah. 

In the book of 1 Kings we can see Elijah doing many miracles, including praying there would be no rain, and we can read that it didn’t rain for three years. He did this because King Ahab and the people of Israel were worshipping the false god Baal. Elijah trusted God’s leading, and in faith, after three years of drought, he confronted the 450 false prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel before King Ahab and all Israel. God showed Himself to be the true God, and when all the people saw it they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!” (1 Kings18: 39)

Elijah then brought the 450 false prophets down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there. He then went back to the top of Carmel and prayed for rain, and it rained. When King Ahab’s wife Jezebel heard what Elijah had done, she swore he would be dead by the following day.  When Elijah heard this, he feared greatly and he began to run. He didn’t stop for 40 days, until he made it to Horeb, the mountain of God. And there he went into a cave and he spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

To paraphrase this, it was like God was saying, “Really Elijah? You have seen my hand of provision and protection upon your life, and you have done mighty things in my name, and now you lack faith in Me, and in fear you run to this cave?”

So, on Mt Carmel we saw Elijah—this great spiritual leader—saving Israel by his faith and in faithfulness. And on Mt. Horeb we see him weak in his faith, and mistaken in what he was doing. God knew Elijah would do this, and He allowed him to go through this trial. Even after seeing God’s mighty power, gifts, and blessings, Elijah was weak at times in his faith, and he still needed to be strengthened—and it is the same for us. It is for the strengthening of our faith that we are allowed to go through valleys and trials, and even face a Jezebel occasionally.

It wasn’t just Elijah who experienced times where he stumbled in his faith. In fact, one need only to look back in the pages of Scripture to see countless stories of the lives of men such as Moses, King David, Solomon, Sampson, and Peter—just to name a few.  Each of these men did mighty feats, and each of them completely failed in their faith at one time or another.  Bottom line—we all stumble.  Let’s thank God for His amazing grace.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 5:6-7, how are we to walk while we are here on earth?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you identify times within your life where the enemy has tempted you to doubt God directly after experiencing a great victory or success?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s continue to place our faith in the One who can meet every need, and who will never forsake us or leave us.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for these stories within Your word. They teach me that we are fallible and You are true and faithful.  Help me to remember these things when I am tempted to doubt or lack faith. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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