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Take God at His Word

Imust believe in God’s promises more than I believe in what I see, feel, or experience against the promises. I must call those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17), because I believe a specific promise. In order to believe, I must have faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Categorical promises produce categorical faith, and categorical faith will always impart God’s nature through those promises (2 Peter 1:4).

Understanding this, we sacrifice the pleasure of things in this life to enjoy the pleasures of God’s life. We gladly sacrifice the temporal for the eternal. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

Take God at His Word. In John 6:7, Philip had it all calculated and figured out mathematically why Jesus could not possibly feed the multitude. Yet Andrew just took what came-five loaves and two fish-and gave a boy’s lunch to Jesus. Andrew didn’t try to figure out a thing.

Let’s stop trying to figure everything out, and begin to understand prayer in God’s economy.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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