Recently I was led to pray for rain in our city as the newspapers had predicted a gloomy picture. I commanded every rain bearing cloud to move into position and rain down on our land the dew of heaven.
I remember after making this prayer I was getting ready to leave for work. As I grabbed my bike keys, my wife inquired, “Why are you taking the bike? It’s the rainy season and you could get caught in the rain.” My mind subconsciously reasoned, the sun was shinning and there was not even a trace of one small cloud in the sky!! Why do I need the car? Anyway, since I was in a hurry, I left without thinking much about my decision.
While I was cruising my bike, I gently heard the Lord say, “My son, why did you not take the car to work? Did you not believe that the rain would fall? At this, I was instantly convicted of the prayer of faith I had made which was not consistent with my actions. And the Bible says, faith without works is dead.
So the question is how do we achieve this balance between Faith and Works? Here are 3 keys from my side:
1. Renew your mind
We are living in a world that has programmed and taught us how to think, act and live by our senses 24 hrs of the day. The Bible says “as a man thinketh in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Our present carnal mind should be renewed and replaced with the Word of God till we are subconsciously thinking differently from the world . We have to renew our minds and start thinking and believing God’s Word more than the newspaper, friends, TV, boss, economy, tradition and anything this physical world believes in. God’s Word is the only imperishable, incorruptible and indestructible seed left on this planet.
2. Plug the faith killers
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Start to plug anything that is drowning the voice of God in your life (1 John 2:16). Check and make a list of things that you have been giving priority over God’s Word, and destroy these sources that have been devouring the time you would normally spend with the Lord.
3. Live God’s Word
Finally, you and I will never fully comprehend the truths of the Bible until we have lived them out! You may mentally know all things, however, the Bible makes mention that we need to taste and experience the goodness of the Lord in our life in order to grow (Psalm 34:8). Be a doer and not only a hearer of the Word. Your actions sooner or later need to start catching up with your beliefs. (Please do not misunderstand and start condemning yourself because of lack of works in your life rather, step by step start to rely on God’s grace to lead you towards greater dependence on His Word alone).
Continue this for at least a minimum of 30 days at a stretch to make it a good and strong habit in your life. God bless and send in your testimonies of revival!