The Six Phases of Faith
“Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Let it happen, then, just as you believe!” Matthew 9:29 (TEV)
“When things don’t happen on our timetable, we tend to run ahead of God and create detours to make it happen. You may end up making the wrong decision.”
God takes our belief and he blesses us through it, and that makes life a great adventure. It is critical that we cooperate with God as he builds faith within us. Because of its importance, I want to review the six phases of faith we’ve studied over the past week. This will also let you see them all in one place.
Phase 1—Dream: Do I have a dream planted in me by God? If you don’t have a dream, start praying, “God give me your dream.” If you can’t write down the dream God has given you, you need to be praying. If you don’t have a dream, you’re not living, you’re just existing. God placed you on this earth for a purpose.
Phase 2—Decision: Do I need to make a faith-decision that will help that dream become a reality? Some of you have a dream from God, but you haven’t made a decision to follow it. You’re still on the fence. God’s word for you is “Go for it!” Some of you may need to make the decision to give your life to Christ. Some of you may need to make the decision to join a church. Some of you may need to make the decision to get involved in ministry.
Phase 3—Delay: What has caused my dream to be delayed? If your prayer hasn’t been answered, that’s okay. It just means you’re in God’s waiting room. Now is not the time to detour. When things don’t happen on our timetable, we tend to run ahead of God and create detours to make it happen. You may end up making the wrong decision. Wait, wait, and wait for God to work his hand.
Phase 4—Difficulty: What difficulties have I faced waiting for the dream to be fulfilled? You are being tested, but it’s not going to be the last time. You’ll go through many, many tests in life. God says, “I know exactly what you’re going through. I see it. I’m watching. Don’t think I’ve forgotten you—I haven’t.”
Phase 5—Dead End: Have I come to a dead end yet? Some of you are there ready to give up. But the truth is—you’re right where God wants you. You’re getting prepared for deliverance. God’s word for you is “Hang on! Keep on believing! Don’t give up!”
Phase 6—Deliverance: Do I expect and trust God to deliver me? “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29 NIV) God is faithful. What he tells us to do, he will do. But it doesn’t happen overnight. You go through the faith-phases of Dream, Decision, Delay, Difficulty, and Dead End . . . and then comes Deliverance.
Best Job In The World
Posted: 07 Jul 2010 06:30 AM PDT
I’ve been a mom (mother) for over 15 years now, and along with gaining spider veins, 25 pounds, and a few dozen worry wrinkles, I’ve also gained knowledge.
For instance, I learned a major lesson when my darling daughter, age 3, put her peanut butter sandwich in the VCR slot. It seemed she wanted to “watch” her lunch instead of “Little Mermaid”. Trust me… VCR’s do not eject Peanut Butter Sandwiches!
In the twelve years since that sticky incident, I’ve also learned the following gems of wisdom:
1. A new mom really can get by on 3 hours and seventeen minutes of sleep per night. You could use the bags under your eyes to pack for a cruise, but at least the sweet smell of poopy diapers can act as smelling salts to revive you.
2. If it’s 2am and your toddler whines, “Mommy, my tummy hurts!”, you have three seconds to react before his stomach contents wind up on your pillow case.
3. A two year old can stuff half a purple crayon up his nose in the time it takes to tie your 4-year-old’s shoe.
4. Your proudly potty-trained 3-yr-old will always have to “go” after she’s bundled into long underwear, pants, and a snow suit.
5. A mom can have a 102 degree fever, hacking cough, and horrible rash, but she still has to make supper, make a cover for a 6th grade Science book, and take a sliver out of an 8-year-old’s finger.
6. If head lice is invading your son’s class, he’ll pick that day to borrow Josh’s comb (even though he usually never combs his hair).
7. A teenager may call your jokes lame — but she usually repeats them to her friends.
8. Nothing feels better after a hard day at the office, dentist, or tax accountant, than a big hug and sticky “tootsie roll” kiss from your favorite kid.
9. The best presents are not made of gold or silver, but consist of uncooked macaroni noodles glued to a jar and sprayed with paint.
10. Being a Mom is the best job in the world, and it’s truly worth the spider veins, extra pounds and extra wrinkles.
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