June 16, 2019 Sermon

God is never early and God is never late. God can do the Miraculous. When you're on God's Side, God will always pick up the tab. Whatever you are expecting God to do in your life, you can believe it to be done. According to your faith, it will be done to you. Without faith, it's impossible to please God.

Live expectantly. In Luke, it reads "The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!'" Our faith is built when you wrestle with it. We build our faith when we have doubts, trials, tests, and failures. When we wrestle with our doubts, that's when we build the faith that's required to move forward. We all have doubts, but it's how we act upon those.

When a young man was preparing to marry a father's daughter, his answer to every question about how the young man would provide for his daughter was answered with "God will provide". The father was frustrated with the lack of firm plans. He didn't like the unpredictability of his daughter's new life as a married woman. But, the young man had faith that regardless of the situation, the Faith in God would make it so. God said that "Your faith has made you whole."

Wrestling with your faith means:

I must hunt for the question marks in my life. Where are the areas that I struggle with my faith, my unbelief, my weaknesses? If you don't have questions, it's hard to put faith in your as a Believer. We must hunt for the question marks in our life so that we can have tests to pass. Without tests, we cannot have faith.

Wrestling persistently. Many of us have played the game Bobbing for Apples. Some won't dunk their heads at all. Some will only dunk for a few seconds, then give up. But, some will stay down in the water until they come up with an apple. They will not quit! "Tremendous power is available through an upright man's prayer." It's not about the audio volume of your prayer, but of the spiritual volume of your prayer. Keep on asking! Keep on knocking! Keep on keepin' on! Be consistantly persistent! We need to take action. Our faith is never an excuse for a lack of action. If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat. Expecting God to do it all while you sit on the sidelines is unrealistic. Faith, if it has no words, is dead by itself. The power is in the Work for God.

Trusting God's Ways and not our own ways. What happens when you believe, but things don't work out the way you want them to. When Augustine was young, he was a hellion. He was in trouble all the time. When his mother was told by her son that he was planning on going to move to Rome, she prayed for him not to go. She knew that sin was amplified by the openness of the city of Rome. However, her prayer was unanswered...she thought. Augustine indeed moved to Rome against his mother's wishes and soon fell under the wing of a pastor. He was led by him, changed his way, was Saved by God, and became one of the greatest saints in the Roman Catholic church. Saint Augustine's mother's prayer for her son was actually for him to be saved...and he was.

Embracing God's Sovereignty. Our faith is beat down when we don't understand that God is in total control. Our faith is beat down when we don't understand that all of our prayer won't be answered in our understanding. God answers our prayers, but sometimes we don't see it.

Wrestling with your faith is not something that we should view as negative.
On the contrary, when we wrestle with our faith, we can know that even though we can't see Him, God sees us.

Hebrews 11:6, Luke 17, Isaiah 55:8-9

- Jon Bruney
(credit to John Maxwell)

Zion Missionary Church - Fremont, Indiana

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