The Difficulty of Faith

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Acts 9:17 “And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

“Saul” was one of the most feared names during the times of the early church. It was Saul who went everywhere dragging people into prison and having them persecuted for preaching the Gospel. There is no doubt that if you heard Saul was in town that you were much more careful about how you spread the Word of God. Yet, as hard of a case as he was, God was still able to save his soul.

However, those he persecuted were rightfully skeptical of his conversion. God appeared to Ananias in a dream and commanded him to go help Saul. When Ananias questioned God because of Saul’s history, God told Ananias that Saul was a chosen vessel to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles. Ananias’ response is seen in the verse above when it says, “And Ananias went his way…putting his hands on him….” When Ananias went, that was the evidence of his faith to trust God. Yes, it was difficult to trust God by faith, but had he not stepped out in the difficult time, the Gentile world may have never received the Gospel. There are several observations about the difficulty of faith that I would like to point out to you from this situation.

First, faith won’t always be easy, but that is why it is faith. If attempting or doing things by faith were easy, everyone would be living by faith. Faith is always difficult to attempt because the situation always dictates that it is dangerous or impossible, but that is what gives God the opportunity to show His power. The fact that what God asks you to do by faith is difficult shows the degree of trust that you have in God by whether or not you do it.

Second, faith won’t always make sense. If what you are to do makes sense, it would not be faith because you understand it. When you step out by faith, you are leaving your understanding to trusting God’s power and providence that He knows what He is doing. If you have to understand every time what God asks you to do by faith before you do it, you will never step out by faith. Faith will ask you to leave your understanding to trust God, and it is when you trust God that He is able to prove that He knows what is best for your life.

Third, faith is always risky. You will always take a risk when you step out by faith, but there are no miracles without taking the risk of faith. There is great risk when you step out by faith, but God has never failed to come through for the individual who is willing to risk all by faith to trust Him enough to attempt great things for His purpose.

Fourth, there are no great rewards and blessings without faith. The greatest blessings come by exercising faith in the most difficult times. The greatest ministries were built by faith when it was difficult to build a great ministry. The greatest champions for Christ stepped out by faith when others were retreating in fear; that is what makes them spiritual giants. My friend, God never asks you to do something by faith that He doesn't have a great reward for your trusting Him. If you want God to use you greatly, and if you want to see the greatest miracles in your life or ministry, you are going to have to step out by faith despite its difficulty.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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