TO THE BIBLE: Matthew 9:29 NIV
“Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you””
There’s a way God expects us to respond to the things that happen to and around us. He expects us to respond, not from our flesh, but from our spirits, because we belong in a spiritual kingdom. Remember the story of Samuel. God called him three times, but each time, he ran to Eli, the priest, thinking it was Eli that called him. When he went to Eli the third time, the Bible says, “…Eli finally realized that it was the LORD who was speaking to Samuel. So he said, “Go back and lie down! If someone speaks to you again, answer, ‘I’m listening, LORD…” (1 Samuel 3:8-9).
Those words were specific and important. Eli didn’t tell the boy to merely say, “I am here”; he taught him how to respond to God, and it worked. Sometimes, our response to God can be affected when we try to reason out His message. For instance, the Spirit of God can say to you, “Laugh!” If you begin to wonder why you should suddenly laugh when nothing is funny, that’s a wrong response. The ways of God may appear somewhat foolish to human reasoning, but the Bible let’s us know that “…the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men…God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and…the weak things…to shame the…mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:25,27).
If you ever find yourself in a difficult situation, what you need is a faith-response from your spirit, and not a human-response. Declare with confidence, “I’m mightily helped of God. The Spirit of God is working in me, causing me to triumph over this situation.” When you do this, you will receive the direction of the Spirit. Follow His leading and act quickly; it’ll produce the desired results and you’ll have the victory.
Go Deeper: Luke 5:4-6; Luke 1:38
I’m sensitive to the leading of the Word and the Spirit of God in my life. I’m quick to respond by faith to the Word, and my progress is evident to all, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Luke 8:40-56, Joshua 7-9
Matthew 26:57-68, Exodus 40
Make a list of the things you want to change, and start declaring your victory over them.