FAITH BASED FAVOR: PART 1

Music Notes2One of the ways God chooses to speak to me is through music.  He will often drop a song in my spirit, and funny enough, many times it will be an old secular song from my childhood years.  He’s even used the theme song from a TV show before to communicate to me.  These songs become the attention getters that causes me to tune into His frequency.  Once tuned in, the message He is conveying to me begins to flow just as it does when you turn the dial to your favorite radio station.

One day some years back while I was living in Phoenix, I remember mapping out my day while taking a shower.  I wasn’t stressing over anything in particular.  I had my crosses to bare and struggles to face, but I really don’t recall being perplexed or dismayed in any way. Then suddenly out of nowhere, the words from the old hymn that says, “Oh for grace to trust Him more”, welled up in my spirit. 

When my mind registered the song, I thought “Oh, wait a minute!  What is this song about?”  For the life of me, I couldn’t recall the rest of the song, let alone the name of it.  Those few words just danced around in the essence of my being, “Oh for grace to trust Him more”.

I was then immediately reminded of the man whose son was tormented with a violent dumb spirit in Mark 9:17-29.  His response to Jesus began to resonate in my spirit.  When Jesus told him that he only needed to believe, he replied, “Lord I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

What an oxymoron!  What was this man saying?  Had I been in the room with him, I would have retorted, “Either you believe, or you don’t!”    Fortunately I wasn’t. But Jesus was, and he heard this man’s cry.  He was simply asking for some faith based favor.  He needed enough favor to take his faith to the level necessary to provide healing and deliverance for his son.

When this passage came to mind, a rhema was birthed in my spirit that it takes “grace to trust Him more”.  One person may believe God for healing, yet doubt Him for provision.  Another may trust God to heal a cold, but not a tumor.  When we struggle with faith in a specific area, our portion is simply to cry out to Jesus just as this desperate father cried out to Him for his son, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief”.

As I pondered the song, I decided to google it:

‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus[1]Hymn2

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

In Romans 12:3, Paul stated that our faith is measured. Yes, many of us have trusted him and proven Him time and time again, but we need His grace  to take us to that next level of faith.  You can draw from your past experiences.  Those are some of the greatest faith builders we can cling on to.  But no matter how much you’ve trusted Him in the past or how many times you’ve proved Him, sometimes you need His grace to be activated in order to raise your faith up another notch. 

A couple days ago, I went into an exclusive chocolate shop with some friends armed with the news that they give out a free piece of chocolate to anyone that enters the doors.  Once inside, we simply 00063told the gentleman working behind the counter that we would like a piece of chocolate.  He gladly granted our request.  The driver of the car didn’t enter the shop so after receiving our chocolate, even though this wasn’t the custom of the store, I asked, “may I have one more for the driver?”

Favor kicked in and I left with a double portion.  The measure of chocolate I was supposed to receive was doubled because I asked for more.  If we need another measure of faith, we simply need to ask according to the faith we already possess for grace to be extended to the area we find ourselves lacking in.

Faith based favor tells us to cling to His promises no matter what!  But for our faith to be elevated it must be activated by grace.  James 4:2 reveals why we miss out on this grace: “Ye have not because ye ask not.”  Faith based favor will then to carry us to our next level of destiny.   

Embrace the grace!!!

 

References:

[1] William Kirkpack. ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. By Louisa M.R. Stead. 1882. Vinyl recording.

3 thoughts on “FAITH BASED FAVOR: PART 1

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  3. Thank you so much for giving me a new perspective on the Scripture, I believe, help now my unbelief! This is one of my favorite scriptures however, I looked at it from a literal viewpoint not a spiritual one.

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