Pastors Stephen
& Carolyn Prescod

 

PUT ACTION TO YOUR FAITH!

 

Even faith the size of a mustard seed has the potential to move mountains. But not one rock will be removed until you do something. 

If you want to experience the blessing of Abraham on your life, you must PUT ACTION TO YOUR FAITH! 

Do you remember what Peter said as he began the third chapter of his second letter?  He said, “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance” (2 Peter 3:1).  We can paraphrase this verse in today’s language by saying, “I’m going to stir up your minds by reminding you over and over again concerning the truth of God’s Word.”  Peter was about to write some truths that the people had already heard, but he wanted to bring those truths to their remembrance again! 

As I closed last week’s segment we were discussing that Joshua and Caleb were the only two adults of that unbelieving generation that actually possessed the promise land (Numbers 14:29-38; 26:65).  These two men received the fulfillment of the promise because they contradicted the evil report of the other ten spies, saying, “Hey, wait a minute!  What are you talking about?  Don’t you remember what God said?  We can take the land!”  (Those were not the exact words, but that is the essence of what they said.) 

So what caused these people who had witnessed God perform miracle after miracle to say, “We can’t do it!”?  They looked at the natural circumstances.  The thing that destroys people’s faith more often than anything else is focusing on what their five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell tell them. 

It’s obvious that the ten spies focused on what they saw.  Let’s look again at their testimony. 

NUMBERS 13:28, 32, 33

28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great:  and more over we “SAW” the children of Anak there…

32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we “SAW” in it are men of great stature.

33 And we “SAW” the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in “OUR OWN SIGHT” as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. 

The ten spies reported “We SAW the walls around the cities, and WE SAW the giants who live there.  We’re not able to take the land from them!”  But do you know what they were really saying?  They were saying that the giants and the walled cities they saw were greater and more powerful than God! 

That’s what people today are confessing every time they say, “We can’t do this.”  For instance, I’ve been in churches when the pastor announced that the church will begin a building program.  And then I heard some of the church members saying we can’t do that!  We don’t have the money.”  In essence those church members were saying that the obstacles they faced were greater than God. 

It’s easy to talk about what you believe, but it’s another thing to actually act on your faith.  It’s easy to say you believe God’s Word, but it’s another thing to take control of your life and do what the Word says.  Putting action to your faith means that you make God’s Word so much a part of your life, that you would begin to think, act, and talk in line with what God says.

 

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Word for Today: " Power of Blessing" 

And God “Blessed” them and said, “Be Fruitful, and Multiply, and Replenish the Earth and Subdue It.”  This means they had the Power of the Blessing to be Fruitful.  God gave man His Word, “Be Fruitful.” He gave man the Power to be Fruitful. He gave man the Authority to be Fruitful. He gave man the Ability to be Fruitful. He gave man the Responsibility to be Fruitful. He gave man the permission to be Fruitful. God has anointed us to be Fruitful because of the Blessing in our lives. God expects us to be Fruitful.