Shakeable Or Unshakeable?
“You don't have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
Once I thought to myself that my faith will never waver and believed that when I have faith in God I can command the mountains to move and it will move. But how many of us actually are aware, deep down in our hearts, that sometimes we may pray and believe, but in some point of time, because we thought this prayer request is too big and impossible, we doubt.
Faith does not merely believe at that instant when in prayer; faith is about believing all the time: at the time you started praying, to the time you finished praying, all the way till the time when your prayers are fulfilled. Because you never stop praying, you never stop believing.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)
True, unshakable faith believes in God 100%. You may sometimes question God: “God, I believed for breakthroughs, but why it was not fulfilled?” Why not question yourself: While in the midst of the wait, are there any points in time that your faith wavered? True faith leaves no evidence of doubt: not even a minute or a split second.
But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.James 1:6 (NLT)
Perhaps you may be waiting for healing, financial or family problems to be solved. But it has been many years ago since you started praying and believing.
You may have been waiting for 30 years to be able to stand from that wheelchair or want to see your friends around you come to Christ. Then your situation turned uglier. Your illness began to hit the worst climax, your friends’ heart hardened to the extreme and you have heavier debts to settle. So what now? You decided to give up?
A few months ago I heard this webcast sermon by Pastor Matt Sorger. In His sermon He made a statement that I will never forget:
“Your greatest warfare will be before your greatest breakthrough.”
We tend to start strong in faith. But the more we begin to see that this warfare is getting fiercer, the more we feel like giving up. Don't you realise now that your greatest breakthrough is right before your greatest warfare?
The more the warfare gets fiercer, the more our dependency on God shall arise. These fierce battles should never give us any excuse to self-declare that the war is over, and then give up completely. The more we feel we can't stand to fight, the more we should count on Jesus for strength. For whatever that may seem big and impossible for us, nothing is too hard for Him.
Your breakthrough is right at the corner. Will your faith be shakeable or unshakeable to stand in this war? Remember, you are not alone.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT)