For years I have been questioning the quality of my faith. What do I believe? Do I really believe the WORD Of GOD IS TRUTH? If so, where are the signs that follow those who believe? I do not see them following me anywhere. On rare occasion I get a glimpse of the tiniest bit of the Power Of GOD in my life, but it is so tiny that even those successes are troublesome. I am not interested in making good sounding religious excuses. The WORD Of GOD explicitly says:
2 Corinthians 1:19-20 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Act 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
As I see it, there is no wiggle room to excuse the lack of experiencing the Power Of GOD in my life if I am truly a believer. So, I asked Holy Spirit why I am lacking in this experience? The Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ should not only come through us in word, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance. Why is this not so in my life?
I believe Holy Spirit showed me a course to study and travel. Here is my initial understanding:
1. What did our LORD Jesus Christ say to His original disciples when their faith failed to produce results?
2. Learn what faith is.
3. Learn how faith comes.
4. Learn how to strengthen your faith.
5. Learn how to grow enduring faith.
6. Keep track of your progress.
This is going to be my journey in faith. I am not interested in handling myself in a “seeker friendly” or “gentle” manner. We are in a spiritual war, and by the witness of my life, I am barely treading water. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! I am only interested in the Truth of the WORD Of GOD, and in seeing my life conform to the Truth of His Holy WORD.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Do not get me wrong. The purpose of my life is not to do great works. The purpose of my life is to be who Almighty GOD created me to be. If I am truly His child, if I am truly created to be His Image and His Likeness in this world, then I will believe His WORD, and His Kingdom will be evident in my life as a result of my relationship with and faith in Him. So, in obedience to Holy Spirit, I will begin this study and make record of my journey so that others may see, and hopefully be encouraged to make their own journey. It will be interesting.
NOTE: All Holy Scripture is given in the King James Version, 1769