So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The Word of God is faith’s textbook. If we will open it and give ourselves to meditating on the truths contained within, God will use it to build a consciousness of His revealed will in our spirits.
We can become strong in faith. To do this will require a sacrifice of time for careful and considerate attention focused on the Word of God. This will lead to a stable position of faith that will propel us forward to victory in every situation.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Wisdom is one of the most precious gifts we will receive from God. It will enable us to see where something is going and how it will wind up. If we find ourselves in a situation where we do not understand how things are going to end we should ask God for wisdom.
James tells us that we are to ask in faith. We have already seen that faith is a persuasion. This means we ask for wisdom with the assurance that God will provide it!
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
Wavering is the opposite of being persuade. If we are doing this, we are not convinced that God is going to provide what we are asking for.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
James compares wavering to a wave in the sea. A wave is something affected by the circumstances around it. We will also be affected by natural events around us if we do not take the time to meditate on God’s promises until we’re fully persuaded.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
James tells us that we will have no right to expect anything from God if we waver. The main reason we do not receive is because we were not persuaded when we prayed.
Faith does not work off of someone else’s testimony or experience. It is always based on the promises of God which are found in Scripture. If we are not giving ourselves to daily time for careful and considerate consideration of God’s Word we will not come to a place of being fully persuaded.
“Maybe it’s the will of God for me to prosper but I’ve heard people say that it isn’t.”
Statements like this flow from an unpersuaded heart. We can overcome this but only if we’re willing to give time to God’s Word.
We can overcome wrong thinking, religious tradition, and feelings by becoming grounded in God’s Word. This is the way a fully persuaded heart is developed. It is the only place where we will have complete confidence that God will provide what we’ve asked for.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
The double minded man and woman is not a person who is fully persuaded of God’s will. They approach life with a view that is totally opposite from faith.
So what is faith? It is being assured and confident of what God has promised us in His Word.
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