Q. What will it take to turn the light back on? No longer content to be a disconnected Christians.
The faith of a child. Where does it go? A 6th grade boy comes to my office first thing in the morning and asks, Mrs. Foster can I get food today? And seven hours later at the end of the school day, he comes back with his bags - expecting. No, Mrs. Foster were you able to get anything? but rather, walks in believing.
Like this child, we lay our requests before a God, much greater than Mrs. Foster in the school resource office, yet we come back checking again and again doubting He will meet our need. When did we lay down our faith? When did we stop believing, not that He can answer, but that He will answer.
John 4: 48 - 53 "Unless you people see signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe. The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies." "Go". Jesus replied, "your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him." Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and his whole household believed."
The man took Jesus at his word.
When did we stop taking Jesus at his word?
We only doubt God when we forget what He's already done. What has God done that you've forgotten? What has been left as scraps on the floor? Rebound is simply me documenting the miracles of my life. My going back and picking up the left overs of my life that I had left discorded as no longer necessary or wanted. Those pieces now fuel my revival. We can be so desperate for something, begging in prayer for years. God can deliver, but once we have our fill of it, or it serves it purpose, we move on, leaving it as litter on the side of the road. John 6: 12 "When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.
I often wondered in studying this passage why the left overs? God is exact. He knew how many people were there and what it would take to feed them. Chefs are trained to plan and design a meal so that the servings are exact, no left overs. So the leftovers must have been intentional on Jesus' part. These are our reminders of the miracles God's already worked in our lives. All it took was one time for my little guy to come asking for food for his family. I'm sure he had trepidations, shame, fear, and embarrassment no doubt engulfed his little body, but he approached the one who he believed could provide. When I delivered that one time, he believed from that point on, that Mrs. Foster was a woman he could leave his troubles in the hands of. He took me at my word and left rejoicing. Calling his mom and said, "Mrs. Foster is getting us food."
Do we feel that secure in our God?
Many of us spend our lives in church, reading scripture, diligent in prayer, yet don't have the faith of this little child because we are disconnected from the power source that we worship. It's like sitting in a dark house simply because we haven't bothered to flip on the light switch. It's time we reconnect to the incredible God who move the immoveable, who break the unbreakable and we must again believe Him for it. Focus in on who God is and what He's already done. Our God is good. Our God is faithful and we can stand on Him!
Amen, means "so be it."
Sometimes it's a matter of going back to the basics. It's not always a miracle we're in need of, but an action of faith on our part. It's time, Christians, we flip the switch and turn the light back on by choosing to take God at His word.
God, you said it, I believe it!
If you said, It is done! AMEN!