Your faith does not seem to be working, therefore it means that there are hindrances somewhere. You need to find out what it is so that you can walk in faith. Even though you have been believing God, you don't seem to be getting the answers you have been looking for, you've had to struggle. Its time to begin to look to see if there are any hindrances in your way. See if there are any hindrances operating in our life.
So then what is faith? It is the ability to receive in this natural realm, what you are desiring from the Lord, that which you have already received from Him in the spirit realm. Faith draws out what you can't see and brings hope into reality. It assures success and is a defensive weapon against the enemy.
One area of our life that we need to particularly guard is the area of our relationships. Bitterness displays itself like thorns that grow in the heart and corrupt all life. When a root of bitterness springs up, it causes trouble, hurting many. It blinds you to the opportunities around you so that you cannot reach out in faith. Bitterness also opens the door to the enemy and keeps your prayers from being answered.
In Ruth 1:20-21, we see Naomi having experienced severe hardships, changed her name to Mara to express the bitterness and pain she felt. She had let married and secure but was now returning home a widow and poor.
In the story of the lost son in Luke 15, the young man who had taken his inheritance and ran off, returned home broken and humbled. He was greeted by a father who had dealt with the bitterness and was now overjoyed and forgiving. The elder brother on the other hand was still bitter and unforgiving.
The difference between bitterness and joy is in our capacity to forgive.
Fear destroys your faith swiftly because it opens the door to the Satan to come in and attack you. So before you know it you have a battle on your hands, trying to get rid of the fear. never mind getting back to believing the Lord for the answer. The idea is to get you to loose your focus. Fear instantly robs you of your faith and trust in the Lord. Without that you cannot receive the answers to your prayers.
Fear sometimes comes in without you even being aware of it. When fear grips you because of some bad news you receive, once you entertain it, you open the door to Satan which allows him to steal your faith.
He will lie to you and tell you this thing is going to happen, so you need to take your stand when he tries to paralyze you with fear. You then confess what the word says about your situation, no matter what the situation looks like in the natural.
Peter came out the boat and began to walk on water, when he took his eyes off Jesus he began to sink. Waves are contrary, they come in different forms to discourage you, to drive fear into you. When you take your eyes off of Jesus, you take your eyes off of faith.
Guilt is another hindrance that cause your faith to be shipwrecked. Guilt cause you to feel like a failure and it makes you feel that the Lord will not give you what you asked for.
It causes you to loose your self-confidence. In John 3 21-22, it says "Beloved if our heart does not condemn us, then we have confidence towards God and whatever we ask for,we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do those things which are pleasing in His sight"
If you feel guilty, all you need to do is repent and ask God for forgiveness.
In James 1:6, it says " But let him ask in faith, not doubting. For he that doubts is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
If you are double minded the decisions you make are split. You try to live by faith and protect your fear at the same time. You make faith statements and then when doubt steps in you think perhaps I shouldn't say that I should wait until I see it
If you are constantly doubting, it becomes a stumbling block, therefore you cannot expect to receive what you are asking for. If you doubt you are unstable in your ways. The enemy will bring some negative thought hoping that you will listen to him in order to bring doubt in the situation.
You need to remind Satan what the word says about your situation, reject his lies and let him know that you have the victory. God has promised that He will always cause you to triumph in Christ. You are guaranteed victory over any adversity you face.
So get rid of the hindrances, and let you faith work for you today, and become a winner.
The Word of God is living and active. If you confess the Word of God over your heart and life, it will not return void. We encourage you to meditate on these confessions.
And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. (Isaiah 51:16)
The Lord has put His words in my mouth therefore I shall be his mouthpiece, and because He covers me I shall not be afraid to speak.
- A Christian who loves to write about christian living, natural health and self improvement. I pray daily that the love and grace of God will be poured out through my life to others. I remind myself daily that whether or not I have "witnessed" I am still a witness in everything I do.