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Have Faith In God
By Brian Price 5/14/10

"22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."
- Mark 11:22-26
Many times we find ourselves having little faith as Christians. This is not unusual. In fact, it happens to everyone. It even happened to the greatest prophet that ever lived, John the Baptist. We all go through seasons of doubt. Jesus says to have faith in God. You may be in a very dark season as of right now. Don't worry. If you're a child of God in truth, then this too will pass. Keep things in perspective. It may get very dark for us, but when we keep God's promises in mind (I will never leave thee nor forsake thee), then it helps us to understand that we have the victory.

Richard Wurmbrand wrote a book many years ago on Karl Marx, called Marx and Satan (if I recall correctly). In his book he mentioned that Karl Marx used to be a Christian. Somehow, and in some way, he lost his faith. I read about 2 chapters of this book. It so disturbed my soul that I too almost lost my faith. Oh, but what a friend we have in Jesus!

"31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."
- Luke 22:31-32
It was because of the Lord's intercession for me that I am still a Christian to this day. I thank God that I am saved by faith THROUGH GRACE. Were it not for his grace, I could not remain a Christian. Human frailty is too weak to endure the trials of life. We need God's grace to carry us through.
"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." - 2 Corinthians 12:9
I can tell you by experience that I have seen the hand of God many times. I have seen him do miracles. One time, I was in such pain in my lower back, that I prayed to God and asked him to heal me. I said, "Lord Jesus, please heal me." I got up, opened my Bible, and my eyes laid on the scripture where Jesus said, "Thy faith hath made thee whole. Go in peace." The pain in my back never returned again. I was miraculously healed.

Another time, I had been going through a really hard time in my life. And at work, I was just doing my work as usual. Since I'm in the military, we had some 2 weekers (as we call Reservists) come in. Since I was willing, I trained them on the things they needed. Again, I was just doing my job. Nothing special. When the 2 weeks were almost over, my boss told me, "Price, go upstairs to the conference room in 15 minutes." I said, "Yes sir."

As I was upstairs in the conference room, I recalled the verse that said,

"8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;
9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.
10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
- Luke 14:8-11
So I decided to sit down in a low seat in the conference room. As the commander walked in, everyone was called to attention. He came in, and sat down right in front of where I was standing. Everyone then took their seats. And to my surprise, I had no choice but to sit right next to the commander, on his right hand. The officer in charge of the reservists began to say, "Sir, we'd like to commend Senior Airman Price for the outstanding work he has done in getting our guys trained. I'd like to recognize him at this time for his hard work." With that said, he came over to me, handed me a gold coin, shook my hand, and I saluted him. The commander also shook my hand, and I saluted him. When I looked at the coin, there was a picture of a tiger on the coin, and the words, "MANNA FROM HEAVEN." I was extremely encouraged to say the least.

But with all the signs and all the wonders that I've seen, it all amounted to nothing at that particular time when I read Wurmbrand's book because my heart was so hard, and neither did I consider the miracles. Not only so, but without Jesus, we can do nothing. We cannot bear fruit to him without abiding in the Bible. It is the Son of God's words especially that we must enjoy, because it is then that we bear the fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, faith.

Friend, let me tell you something. Have faith in God. It's normal to have doubts and such. Unbelievers think that God requires us to never question, never doubt. He knows our frailty, and he knows our weakness.

I'm no Pentacostal or anything, but I am a Christian. I'm a Christian first, and a Baptist second. I know for a fact that the only way to strengthen one's faith is to read the Bible. Point blank.

"4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
- John 15:4-7
But I would encourage you to read books on great old time preachers such as George Mueller, Charles Finney, or George Whitfield. Although I'm not Pentacostal, nor do I support the tongues movement, I do suggest reading good books on men like Smith Wigglesworth who won many people to the Lord and did many healings in the name of Jesus. William Booth and Charles Spurgeon are other great men of faith.

And finally, I suggest reading Martyrs Mirror. I know of no other book that has strengthened my faith more than Martyrs Mirror, other than the Bible.

So take courage dear Christian. You're not alone. Pray to God, read his word, and continue to fellowship. You'll be alright.

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