Published on December 14th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Charles Stanley: Mature Faith
Abraham is known as the father of our faith because he believed God. Although he sometimes struggled to trust the Lord and made a few missteps along the way, his faith continued to grow stronger. He ultimately believed God’s promise to give him a son even though he and Sarah were both quite old.
This is the path we all take as believers. The walk of faith begins at salvation and continues until we reach heaven. At first we may stumble, but along the way, our focus should begin to shift: Instead of focusing on the obstacles facing us, we look to the Lord. And rather than battle nagging doubts about God’s trustworthiness, we’ll cling to the knowledge that He loves us and is always faithful to His Word.
In time, our life will begin to revolve around the Lord. When our prayers are not answered immediately, we’ll rely on His wisdom and trust He will answer in His way and time. In the midst of frailties, failures, and sin, we’ll cultivate a heavenward perspective by means of prayer and meditation on Scripture. And instead of responding to uncertainties with fear and fretting, we’ll focus on God’s sovereignty and promises.
This kind of thinking, practiced consistently, will lead us into mature faith, which rests in the goodness and sufficiency of God. The Christian life becomes an exciting adventure—a chance to see what God will do next and how He will work out His will in each situation. Then, like Abraham, we’ll begin to see our obstacles through the Lord’s eyes and grow strong in faith, giving glory to God.
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