Christians, how do we have faith for the big transitions, positions, promotions, testings, trials and pains in our lives? I am talking on the big scale, where it is all or nothing, God will either do something or we will remain in our circumstances.
Just like any fire, it always starts with a small spark, a word from God, a direction.
Now if you have a tiny little spark and a great big log (the log being the huge thing that God has called you to or promised you). That spark won’t effect that log at all. If you keep trying to light the log with the spark, it will get you nowhere.
However, if that spark falls into the tinderbox of you heart, a very important thing happens. Fire ignites.
Tinder: any dry substance that readily makes fire from the spark. You must prepare your heart before the spark hits the tinder box of your heart. How do you prepare it?
You prepare by putting highly flammable words of God in your heart :
“I am an overcomer!”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
“God will never leave me nor forsake me!”
“I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord, “Plans to prosper you, not to harm you!”
“God works all things for the good of those who are called according to His will and purpose!”
Once you’ve put these tinder verses in your heart, then the spark (Rhema word of God) hits it, IGNITION! Now you have a flame. There is hope, a belief now that God will do the big thing He promised you.
The problem many Christians have, myself included, is that as soon as we see the spark turn into flame, we stick that tiny little flame under that huge log and expect it to catch on fire from it. Anyone who has built a fire knows that it does not work like that, the flame will go out before the log ignites. Kindling is the key.
Kindling: Material that can be readily ignited, used in starting a fire. Words of God come into play, there are verses that have more substance than tinder verses, it takes more faith to believe them, they are also mingled with kindling actions. God will ask us to do small acts of obedience, these are so important. When God tells me to do or not do something, I obey and then wait to see what He does. When it works out, I see the flame of faith jump in my heart.
The waiting trial, pain and/or suffering is often the kindling part of our lives. God wants to build up the flames/fire in our lives so that the big logs: blessing, promotion, promise, healing, etc can take place. Ask God to cause your heart to be a tinderbox; to spark it, to kindle your faith so that it grows like a roaring fire ready to consume whatever comes your way, in Jesus name, Amen.
In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands, and His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. I John 5:3-5 (NIV)
I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything for Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. Philippians 4:13 (AMP)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13: 5-6 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. II Kings 6:16-17 (NIV)
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slave, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:14-15 (NIV)
These are just a few examples of verses that could help you in your heart. You might have a completely different set of verses. What is important to understand is that you have to seek out what verses ignite your faith, what ones will help your faith to grow. Take time with the Holy Spirit to let Him lead you to the verses He knows will most help you.
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2016