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Friday, December 20, 2013
Outrageous Faith (part 2 of 5): Digging Ditches
While walking on the water, Jesus said to Peter, “Come to me.” Peter got out of the boat - that took faith. But as soon as he felt the waves, the trials of life, his faith failed. He started to doubt, just like after taking a step of faith we often start to doubt. "So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them. “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?” But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah. ” Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.” “No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.” Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. But now bring me a harpist.” While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water." (2 Kings 3:9-16 NIV) That’s exactly what I do when I am stressed with making a decision, don’t you? Call for a harpist. NOT!!! But there is something about worship music that allows us to hear God speak. There is a direct correlation between worshipping God in song and hearing him speak! While the harpist was playing, the hand of God came upon him and Elisha heard from God. While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. (2 Kings 3:16-18 NIV) There was only one problem, there were no pools. They had to be dug. No sign of water anywhere, and a promise that it would not rain. Yet, God was telling them they had to dig ditches. What He was really saying, "are you still willing to obey Me?" There is no sign of provision for you in your time of difficulty, yet will you obey God and dig the ditches – take action. You see, faith is not a feeling, it is an action. Faith is not a statement – words falling from your mouth, it is an action. There are times when God wants us to participate in His miracle! God says, "Show Me your faith, and I will show you My faithfulness!" Get up, take action, do your part. When it comes to outrageous faith, only God can send the water, but sometimes He requires you to dig the ditches. What ditch is God asking you to dig so that He will send the blessings His blessings to you? When it comes to outrageous faith, stop focusing on your struggle and start focusing on the Savior! Stop focusing on your problem and start focusing on His provision! Walking by faith is first all about your perspective - having God's perspective on your life and this world. Second, once you have God’s perspective on your life, faith is about being willing to surrender to God no matter what He has planned for you. So I ask again, what ditch does God want you to start digging?! Are you having a difficult time taking action? Truth@Life can help. Call 248-396-6255 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE consultation. For more info on help I can provide check out http://truthatlife.com/