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Bio: Ross Thompson has over 40 years experience in Pastoral work, Evangelism and Teaching. He is a New Zealand citizen living in Melbourne, Australia. www.hebten.blogspot.com www.ftbible.simplesite.com
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Prayer can be an adventure if you have learned to pray in faith. On the other hand, we can hinder what God wants to do through us and for us if we are not praying in faith. Here is an example from my experience; At one point in my life I was a Taxi driver. I was parked in the city one day, waiting for customers. Two people walked up to the Taxi supporting an Indian lady, who seemed to be in a lot of pain. She wanted me to take her home, a journey of about 40 kilometres. I was reluctant to take her that distance in her distressed condition, and suggested she be taken to a doctor. She was insistent on being taken home first, and then she would see a doctor.
I was not comfortable with it, but finally agreed to her request. After a few minutes of driving it came to my mind that I should pray for her. I explained to her I was a Christian, and God has said if we lay our hands upon the sick He would heal them. I expected her to say no thanks, but she surprised me by thrusting out her right arm so that I could put my hand on it. I put my hand on her arm and asked God in Jesus name, to heal the trouble. Then I returned my full attention to driving. I was trying to see out of the corner of my eye if there had been any change in her condition. Then the Holy Spirit said to me in my spirit, “you are hoping she is healed, that’s not faith”. I saw my mistake and in my heart, I said, “OK Lord, I have obeyed your word, I receive her healing now, by faith”.
Within a few moments I heard her humming a song to herself, and I could see she was relaxed, smiling and looking out the window enjoying the ride. At the end of the journey she thanked me with a big smile on her face. I had a big smile on my face too. I knew about the importance of faith, but had forgotten it in that moment. That Hindu woman would not have experienced the reality of Jesus, and I would not have had the blessing of seeing her healed, if God had not reminded me about faith. If I had carried on hoping for her healing, nothing would have happened.
Jesus was always looking for faith in people, and He was greatly pleased when He met people who had plenty of it. Faith is simply believing what God has said, to be true, over and above everything else. Jesus gave us clear instruction on how to pray in faith; “For this reason I tell you: when you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for”. (Mark 11:24) Once God had reminded me to have faith, my prayer was an example of that verse.
I knew the New Testament says, “you will lay hands on the sick and they will recover”. (Mark 16:18) On the basis of that promise, I prayed for the Hindu woman and I received the answer before I saw it happen. That’s faith. If you want to please God, look for ways to have faith in all of the circumstances of your life, and especially in prayer. It will be an adventure. You and God working together to get results for His Kingdom.
YOU CAN BE HOLY.
If I asked you, ‘are you a holy person’? What would your answer be? I think most of us would hesitate and not be sure how to respond. Many Christians are not sure of themselves when it comes to holiness. That is curious if you think about it, because we are sons and daughters of the Holy God. The Spirit we have within us is the Holy Spirit. Here are 8 facts from the Bible too give you a better understanding about holiness.
God commands us to be holy: …’because it is written’, “Be holy for I am holy”. (1Pet 1:16)
Paul had no doubt that you and I are holy: ‘God chose us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love’. (Eph 1:4) If you had asked him, “Paul are you holy”? “Yes, I am”, he would have replied, “come and meet some of my fellow Christians, they are holy too”.
A life of holiness has been prepared for us: God showed Isaiah a Holy Highway that had been prepared especially for Christians. ‘And a highway shall be there and a way, and it shall be called the holy way….it shall be for the redeemed….the redeemed shall walk upon it’. (Is 35:8,9)
It is not hard to be holy: God has something surprising to say about walking on the holy highway: ‘The highway shall be for the redeemed; the wayfaring men, yes, the simple ones and fools, shall not make a mistake in it and lose their way’. (Is 35:8) A simple minded person and even fools can succeed at holy living. Is God trying to tell us something here? I think so. It’s not hard to be holy.
Holiness is a gift to be received: ‘…much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ’. (Rom 5:17) The word translated as holiness in the New Testament, can also be translated as purity and righteousness.
Holiness is our reward for receiving Jesus as our saviour: ‘But now since you have been set free from sin and become slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life’. (Rom 6:22)
Holiness is a pure heart, freed from sin: ‘And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit as also He did to us; and He made no difference between us and them, but purified their hearts by faith’. (Acts 15:8,9) ‘To the pure in heart all things are pure’. (Tit 1:15)
A pure heart is received by faith: ‘And God….purified their hearts by faith’. (Acts
The New Testament has a lot more to say about holiness. I encourage you to spend time with God, asking Him to teach you all there is to know about holiness. We can be as certain as Paul was, that we are holy.