When God’s Will & Our Faith Align

April 23, 2013

Friends,
The fact is inescapable that Jesus publicly taught, and thus teaches the rest of us, that the granting of requests hinge on two things: God’s will and our faith. By reading the Scriptures, we can certainly see that the Lord has ordained that He will do His work through His will and our faith, and that He desires that both of these be in agreement so that He can answer the requests of His people. (Mark 11:22-24 // John 14:12-14 // 1 John 5:14,15)

Jesus says in Mark 9:23, “All things are possible to the one who believes.” But what does He mean by “all things”? For this statement to be in agreement with the rest of God’s Word, we know it means, “All things which are in line with God’s will are possible for him who believes.”

But, for the one who is already walking in true faith, that person is walking in the fear of the Lord –and thus in obedience to God and in the will of God– and is therefore constantly listening to God. (John 8:47 & 9:31 & 10:27) Such a person, by being in continual close fellowship with the Lord, knows what His Master’s will is and can thus, by the Spirit within him, pray into fruition those requests which the Spirit lays upon his heart to pray! (John 15:14,15 // Rom. 8:26,27) The fervent prayer of a righteous person is powerful and highly effective (James 5:16) for the very fact that God fulfills the desires of those who delight themselves in Him and fear Him. (Ps. 37:4 & 145:19) For if anyone is genuinely doing these, they will have their mind and desires set on what the Spirit desires. (Rom. 8:5b)

Why then should we be surprised that Jesus told His disciples that anyone who has faith in Him will do the works He did, and even greater works? (John 14:12) These greater works we can do because Jesus returned to the Father but sent back the Spirit to indwell each genuine believer. (v. 12,16) Through this Spirit –the Spirit of the Father and Christ (v. 23)– we are comforted, empowered to walk victorious, and able to hear and grow in Truth.

It is through these glorious riches that we are infused with ever-increasing faith as we put what we already know to practice. And we will find that the Lord says to us when we lay our requests before Him, “Child, according to your great faith, it will be done to you. You are saved, delivered, healed.” (See Matt. 8:13 & 9:22,29 & 15:28)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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