Use Your Faith with Purpose!

by Lester Young

From the Just the GOOD News! archives…

How do you use your faith? Being brutally honest, how do you consider it: as a heavy-handed, blunt-force-trauma-inducing club you only pull out when all your own best efforts have come to naught and you’re going under for the third time; or as a razor-sharp, finely-balanced precision instrument meant to be wielded by a highly-trained expert in his or her field? I think it’s pretty easy to deduce that if I thought the correct answer was that first choice, I wouldn’t have anything to write about today, so let’s just go with the second one, shall we?

We can all probably agree that where tools are concerned, the more refined, highly-calibrated and tolerance-sensitive an instrument is, the more particular its intended use turns out to be. In other words, it can’t be used just any ole way you please. It’s most effective – and, in many cases, is only effective – when used at the right time, in the right circumstances and according to the right application procedures (i.e., the instructions) for a specific purpose.

That’s precisely how our faith is designed. It’s not meant to be just thrown around any way we feel like it – which is why we all-too-often don’t see the results in the natural that we’re looking for. Our faith has been given us to accomplish a very specific (and important) job: to produce the means for us to live by (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38). So it stands to reason that we must handle and use it correctly if it’s to effectively do what it’s supposed to do in our lives.

We have to begin using our faith as the surgically-precise tool it was created to be. It’s not a sledgehammer: it’s an extremely sharp, hand-fitted scalpel. It’s meant to be used directly on the heart of an issue to bring about a targeted, purposed result (Mark 11:14, 20). The Word of God, by the promises it contains, gives us the precise results we’re supposed to aim for. Take, for instance, the woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34). Her case is a textbook example (if you’ll pardon the analogy) of the use of “pinpointed” faith.

First, she perceived that Jesus had what she needed; so as far as she was concerned He was the Source of her healing. Her faith began with Him (Hebrews 12:2) – just as the Lord declares to us all, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13). So Jesus – the Word of God (John 1:14; Revelation 19:13) – is where we get our aiming points (or, expected results) from.

Next, she spoke exactly what she wanted to happen; saying, “If I can just touch His clothes, I’ll be healed!” (Mark 5:28) Now by overlooking the actual importance and power of the words we habitually speak, you can imagine that this is very often where we end up missing it completely. But we’re clearly told that faith must be in two places for it to be of force: in our mouth as well as our heart, which is why it’s referred to as the word of faith (Deuteronomy 30:14; Romans 10:8). Remember, both death and life are in the power of our own tongue, and we will get just what we say – good or bad (Proverbs 18:21; Mark 11:23-24). So we must say only what we actually want. There are plenty of good promises in God’s Word for our appropriation, and those are the things we should be speaking out – that is, prophesying and confessing over our own lives by them (Hebrews 3:1; 2 Peter 1:2-4).

Finally, the woman acted in accordance with her faith and physically went to Jesus (James 2:17-26). Though it was nowhere close to lawful for her to even be out in public with the condition she had, she made up her mind that she was not going to be denied. She’d heard of Jesus and knew that He had her healing, so she was either gonna get to Him or die trying (Mark 5:26-27). She did what was in her power to do in line with what she believed and spoke. And as a result, Jesus confirmed that her faith had indeed done its job by telling her, “Daughter, your faith has made you [completely] whole” (Mark 5:34).

That woman wasn’t vague in her desires, nor did she mince around with her words or actions. She boldly went to the Source of all good things, she boldly said specifically what she expected to get, and she boldly did things that were in direct harmony with her faith. If we’ll boldly wield our faith as expertly as she did, the Lord will boldly complement us, too!

 

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4 Comments to “Use Your Faith with Purpose!”

  1. God bless you for this message, Lester.

  2. Truly faith believes in the heart, speaks with the mouth, and acts to receive from the source of life, health and peace. Thank you for this message, Lester. Dee

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