Stretch Your Faith

13 Feb

Stretch Your Faith…

As I was presenting my devotional the other day I was asked what I meant by stretch your faith. This got me to thinking just maybe we, as sinners, don’t really understand just how God uses our faith and us for His purpose. Also just how hard we try to keep ourselves inside our personal comfort zone.

We exercise our bodies and stretch our muscles to keep us in shape. In a similar way, we must also remember to stretch SPIRITUALLY as we grow in the Lord over time. And when we stretch spiritually, it always has to do with our faith. God wants us to stretch in our faith. He wants to trust that He is always there to protect us.

Paul lays out an amazing list of Bible personalities in Hebrews 11 who demonstrated their faith in powerful ways. This passage has come to be known as the “Faith Hall of Fame,” and we can find many examples of how to live by faith.

Hebrews 11:6 says, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Faith is absolutely central to the Christian experience. We enter into a relationship with God through faith (Romans 10:9-10), and Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith is a big deal!

And faith is powerful! Jesus said that if we will have faith as small as a grain of mustard seed, we can pray and see mountains cast into the ocean. I wonder how small my faith must look in that type of comparison!

As you read this, I’d like to suggest to you that it is likely that God wants to stretch your faith. And just like physical stretching, spiritual stretching is not easy. Stretching requires us to push beyond our normal level of comfort.

It is the same with our faith. God wants to stretch you beyond your normal comfort zone. And that is where you will begin to see growth and progress like never before.

It is likely that God wants to stretch your faith today.

Here are some of the ways God may want to stretch you:

God may want you to DO something.
God may want you to STOP DOING something.
God may want you to SHARE something to lighten your burden.
God may want you to GIVE something.
God may want you to SAY something.
God may want you to STOP SAYING something.
God may want you to take a few minutes to LISTEN or TALK to someone about something on their mind.
God may want you to START something.
God may want you to END something.
God may want you to LOVE someone.

The chances are great that God likely wants to stretch you today! Stretching your faith shows you trust Him to watch out for you. So go ahead and step out of that comfort zone, no one is going to treat you differently.

When it comes to your spiritual fitness, don’t forget to stretch, it is good for the soul.

Walk daily with God at your side!

References:

Roman’s 10: 9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

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