Abounding in everything through Faith
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Do you ever realize faith is the tool God provides. For us it brings result from our prayers, praises and petitions, and that faith is assigned to us?
Romans 12:3 says, “For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.” [RSV]
‘Which God has assigned him’, we must recognize, what we do in all our walk each day is provided from the Creator, is an exercise called faith.
2 Corinthians 8:7 the Apostle Paul shares, “But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we aspired in you, see that you abound in the gracious work also.” [NASB]
The context Paul is speaking from here in Corinthians is about our giving, however, the truth is applicable to every part of our daily living.
We do so much throughout our day by instinctive repetition, and we often fail to recognize every little detail of the things we do are because of faith.
We must be ever mindful that His Spirit is always, and in all ways, is abiding in our heart to direct our Spiritual Journey.
I feel that as we’re more mindful of these things, then we’ll better consider that what we seek should not be for ourselves, but rather, Jesus Christ as our Lord to guide and control our heart.
“Our prayers are not answered when we receive what we ask for, but rather, when we’re challenged to be what we can be.”
I shared this point with my son-in-law recently, challenging him to reach out more in trusting God to provide for all his essential needs. To take hold of our Lord’s garment as it were, by faith, to allow God to lead him in all those dreams and ambitions still before him. How much greater our faith walk will be when we’re mindful we’re leaning on God’s resources to meet our daily tasks and future goals.
We witness the morning dawn of the rising sun to the peace and rest He gives, as the day turns to night, with much awe of His creation, but seldom consider everything else in between is also a product of our resting in His provision, we call faith.
The keyboard I’m typing this message on we would tend to credit to our own intelligent design, or the jet plane I recently flew in, we tend to credit our human intellect, design and engineering. However, were it not for God’s grace through assigned faith, all the discovery that has resulted in from beginning of time, the technical advancement through the ages, is really measured out to us from God.
When we come to better understand that the world was created by the word of God, through faith, and that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear, [Hebrews 11:3] then we’re on the path of Godly wisdom which far exceeds all our human reasoning.
From the time when God told Abram, ‘to go from your country and your kindred and your fathers house to the land I will show you,’ when God instructed Moses to, ‘lead His people from Egypt across the Red Sea,’ when Neil Armstrong set his foot on the moon, and said ‘one giant leap for mankind,’ without God assigning the resource, ‘faith’, would we not be as confused and lost as those who erected the Tower of Babel?
We do abound through faith every detail of our living and we dare not miss out God’s mercies by thinking all too highly of ourselves than we ought to think.
We have received much blessing from above and we ought not take credit for those giant leaps of growing and learning given us from God.
What great discoveries we credit as advances in medicine, and all forms of science and technology, are way beyond the ability for most of the human race to fully understand, but through faith assigned us. How marvelous is God’s power exercised as faith to achieve so much.
We in our limited minds can not fully perceive omniscience, that is to have knowledge of all things. Only God is omniscient, and as we learn to become more dependant upon Him, He will reveal for us what we need to understand of the ‘how much’ for the concern before us at that moment.
That’s why we continually call out to Him.
Indeed, He wants for us to allow our lights to shine before others, that our works of faith will truly bring honor and glory to Him, first, most, and foremost!
We don’t often view great scientists as being godly individuals of faith.
I looked up on the internet for some famous scientists who were Christians, and I came up with a list of over 50 men and women who were people of faith credited with great discoveries.
A few those individuals of science who excelled in their discoveries and exercised their own faith were:
Dietrich von Frieberg 1250-1310 who solved the mystery of the colors in the miracle of the rainbow.
Blaise Pascal 1623-1662 Mathematical prodigy and universal genius.
Robert Bolyle 1627-1691 founder of modern chemistry.
Isaac Newton 1642-1727 inventor / scientist
One of Isaac Newton’s chief aims for the Principia mathematica was to show that the laws of physics revealed design in the universe—in turn evidence for a Designer.
We need not to doubt God did a magnificent thing in assigning faith as our blessing from Him, in order for us to desire Him. All the more are we to aspire the measure of faith in abundance and claim it.
Claim it to experience the abundant life promised us, when Jesus told us, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”
So it is by faith given to us we witness His presence and power fresh with each new day.
We should never doubt God’s power as fresh and new at each discovery or revelation as faith, coming from the Source of all faith.
It’s becoming my desire to lean on Him more and less on my reasoning. I hope this might inspire your own value of faith received, as assigned from God, the Creator of all faith.
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