Have you ever worked a little harder to earn a pay-raise or benefit at your job? That’s called an incentive and incentives are not a new concept. In fact they are used in the Bible from Genesis all the way to Revelations.
“But without faith (belief) [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
God Rewards those who diligently seek Him.
How do we grow our faith? How do we become strong immoveable believers? Yes, we have to seek God, but isn’t there more to it? There are levels of belief just like in unbelief and fear. If belief is the end goal, how do we measure it and how do we know if we have enough?
The first step is trust. Today’s Christian is so used to trusting in their five-senses they find it as impossible as an unbeliever to recieve a miracle much less their daily need being met. Trust is given a real blow out in the world. Think of these areas; relationships, finanaces, health, spirituality even our own emotions are called to the question of, what can we trust? Do you think that is an accident? The devil builds doubt in all those areas by smashing our hopes. So what if we do trust, like a child trusts, what should we trust in? We have to trust that God is as equally able, as He is willing to help us. We have to trust that He will reward us if we diligently seek Him. How do we do that?
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
You have to find out what God wants for you to do and then do it. What happens next? You get results.
There are some statistics that you should know. Learning to walk with God is a trial and error process. I only say that because our world is jammed full of things to distract us from hearing Him. Look at this verse about Elijah searching for God.
“And after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12
It’s the still small voice that we listen for. Also, when you ask God a question, His answer will be the first answer you hear. It will come before your rational mind can think, and it will sound like your own thoughts. (No confusing external voices from God here otherwise how could Phil 2:13 be accurate? God works within you.)
“… for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matthew 6:8b
God knows what you’re going to ask. Trust that. Get quiet and ask. Then start practicing. It takes about 2,000 times of asking and walking out on that guidance, before you figure out which answer was yours and which answer was God’s. How do you know which one was God’s? By the answers themselves. The answers will never contradict God’s Word and they will never denounce Jesus Christ as His son. Then by the results you get. Keep in mind that God knows everything. If you ask Him where to get the best bargain on a new computer and He says Wal-Mart, don’t be shocked. He knows everything. Trust instead. Here’s the best way to practice.
Ask questions like this;
- God if you were me, what would you say to bless ____________?
- God if you were me, what would you do to bless my spouse today?
- God if you were me, what would you do to bless myself today?
- God if you were me, what would you pray for in this situation?
- God if you were me, what would you do to bless You today God?
- God if you were me, what would you read today?
- God if you were me, what would wear today?
- God if you were me, how would you go to work?
- God if you were me, what would you do to bless my business/work/school today?
- God if you were me, what would you think about ___________?
See how easy it is? After a while you’ll develop a habit pattern. I did. And wow! I have a treasure chest of miracles, signs and wonders that He’s done. And how many people are really willing, with a whole heart, to ask God these kind of questions? After a very short while you see a trend pop up. God wants to bless and protect you and those around you. See how easy trust gets built here? There are a thousand ways to word that question above. All you need to commit to is 2,000 times with your whole heart. Don’t worry if you don’t hear Him right away. It’ll come. Trust is a process, but you have to keep at it.
Now, how do you know you’re getting there?
Can you tell a person who has confidence apart from someone who has a big ego? I can. It’s in the way they carry themselves. You can just tell they trust their own abilities. Spiritual confidence is awesome as well. Here’s what God says about these kind of people in 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
“Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place,”
God says it’s a sweet aroma of His knowledge in Christ to Him and all those around us whether believer or non-believer. Confidence doesn’t have to brag that it can run a mile, just go do it. There’s no false posturing or jesting about their skills. They never need to cut others down to make themselves feel better, these folks are lifters of people, because they know the wonderful place of confidence.
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” 1 Thess. 2:13
This is the quiet triumph of discipline! The Word of God working effectually in those who believe. Wow. Effectually is different from effective, it’s not just getting results it’s getting the desired results. This is measurable! How? Confidence is undeniable. Results build confidence. Victory builds on victory. Count your little victories because they add up. There’s a little known secret of having more faith.
Belief + Belief = More Belief
Unbelief + Unbelief = More Unbelief
Kick the fear out of your life by moving in a positive direction. The brain can only hold one thought at a time. Make that thought a victorious celebration of God’s Word. When worry strikes, strike back with the Word of God. Which leads me to my final point.
“So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
How can we trust in the promises of God if we don’t know any of them? There are over 900 promises in the Word of God. 900 Incentives. Wow! Do you know any? Even one? Faith or believing with our human believing takes action. Before we can have solid faith we have to trust and build our confidence in operating it. Use every obstacle that comes in life as your opportunity to trust God not your five senses. Obstacles also become opportunities to find the promises of God in His Word and obey. Obedience is God’s pride-chucker. Start with one thing and take it slow. God will work with you at your training and hunger level, so be patient.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6
God bless you today!