November 2, 2020 Spirit Meat Devotional : Topic – UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF FAITH (2) – Hebrews 11:1, Romans 10:17
Process means a continuous set of actions performed intentionally in order to obtain a particular set of results. Hebrews 11:1 talks of two things that reveal the practicality of faith:
- Evidence of things hoped for, and
- Substance of things not seen.
The evidence and substance will come through a process. Let’s look at the keywords in the definition.
CONTINUOUS: Rom. 10:17 says, “Faith comes”. You don’t finish hearing when it comes to faith; you don’t ever get to a level of “ALL FAITH ACQUIRED” and then cease from hearing. Faith stops coming when the hearing of faith stops. One can backslide in faith (Hebrews 2:1).
SET: The process comprises of a chain of events. It becomes ugly when a step is missing. For complete impact and beauty, all the events must happen. For example, willingness without obedience or obedience without willingness will not result in eating the good (Isaiah 1:19).
ACTIONS: Actions, not wishes. Doing something, acting it out, acting upon what is heard. See Peter in the walking on water episode (Matthew 14:22-29).
PERFORM: Carry it out openly, don’t just desire or intend to do it. Jesus spoke to the fig tree openly (Mark 11:14).
INTENTIONAL: Don’t wait till you feel like. It has nothing to do with emotions or waiting for the prompting of the Holy Spirit. You initiate it; start deliberately (Mark 2:1-5).
IN ORDER TO: There is a goal to be accomplished by all the actions (Hebrews 12:2).
RESULTS: This is the endpoint. Faith result is different from natural results in situations of life. Faith result has its origin in God and cannot be overruled or hindered by the devil; it cannot be tampered with and it is permanent.
PRAYER: Lord, I pray for practical steps to build up my faith and I take authority over every attack of hell against my faith in Jesus name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Ezekiel 3:16-6:14, Hebrews 4:1-16, Psalm 104:24-35, Proverbs 26:27