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“Live long, and prosper”

Centuries before Mr. Spock uttered those words the Psalmist gave the promise,

Ps 91:16 I will satisfy him with long life, and show him my salvation [y@shuw`ah,]” (WEB)

and if we keep the commandments, the writer of the Book of Proverbs stated,

Pr 3:2 for length of days, and years of life, and peace [shalom], will they add to you. (WEB)

I was astounded when a friend once remarked in group, ‘You don’t really believe that do you?’ I did not understand how any Christian could not believe The Bible! I mean, if God said it, surely He meant it, right?

What I did not realize is that not everyone has the same level of faith…

However, we cannot use the excuse that we just can’t believe. God expects us to work with what we have.

Ro 12:3 For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith. (WEB)

We see here that God has equipped us with some faith and supposes we will do what He says and use it. 

Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out with tears, “I believe. Help my unbelief!” (WEB) 

Do you know the story? A man comes to the disciples on behalf of his child, and for some reason they couldn’t get the job done! …But Jesus, 

declared that all things are possible for that one who does believe. When we’re extended beyond our current level of faith, we can ask God to help us to believe. 

Jesus comments on possible levels of faith: 

LITTLE faith,

  • Clothing/needs: Lk. 12:28 But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith? (WEB) Also, Mt 6:30

  • Danger/circumstances: Mt 8:26 He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. (WEB)

  • When we get in over our heads: i.e. Peter Mt 14:31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (WEB)

  • Not remembering when God has met the need before: Mt 16:8 Jesus, perceiving it, said, “Why do you reason among yourselves, you of little faith, ‘because you have brought no bread?’ (WEB) -after Jesus had previously multiplied bread 2x! 

Help my unbelief! 

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17 WEB)

More on faith coming up…

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