DAILY DEVOTIONAL FROM PASTOR WESLEY December 10, 2021
Evaluating Your Faith
As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. Being reminded, Peter said to Him, ``Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered." And Jesus answered saying to them, ``Have faith in God. ``Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. ``Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:20-24
It’s a good idea to pause every now and then to evaluate our spiritual development. Although we will experience different phases of faith throughout life, our goal should be to continue growing. Which phase sounds like you?
Hesitant faith is characterized by struggling to believe God: We hope He’ll answer our prayer, but we’re just not sure. Sometimes doubts creep in because we’re looking at the situation, not at the Lord and His Word. Or maybe our problem is that we just don’t know what God has said in the Bible, so we have no real anchor.
Courageous faith involves stretching to believe the Lord more and more. Christians in this phase take steps to follow God and discover He is faithful to His Word.
Perfect faith is characterized by resting in the Lord, with confidence in Him and a heart aligned with His will. We are thankful as we watch His promises become a reality. Though we hope to practice this kind of faith every day, we won’t truly perfect it in this lifetime.
No matter which description best fits your faith today, the best way to grow is by regularly feeding on the Word of God. Cling tightly to His promises. Adversities remind us that true security comes from Jesus alone.
This is Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr.'s latest book on the subject of marriage. As a Pastor he has counseled many couples before, during, and after marriage so this has given him keen insight into the marital relationship. He himself has been married to the same woman for over 40 years so he has a wealth of knowledge on this subject. In this book Dr. Wesley covers that marriage comes from God, the keys to compatibility, the keys to staying in love, and even what to do if you feel you have married the wrong person. This is an excellent read if you are considering marriage in the future or even if you are currently married.