How to Stand in Faith in a Dry Season
6 Jun 2018
When we go through dry spells in our lives in which we see no manifestations, we need to understand how faith gets us through those times. The issue is never about having more, bigger, or stronger faith, but about consistency in using it. We need to keep our faith out on the field, and continue to employ it until we see the results we want. The enemy wants us to faint spiritually during times of adversity, and he hopes we will abandon our faith and quit. We become spiritually dry when we stop trusting in God, but our trust has no correlation to our feelings. As believers, we do not live by feelings, but by faith. In between seed time and harvest time, constantly and consistently working our faith will bring us to the point where we can finally reap our harvest.
- It is all about how we use our faith, not about how much or how little faith we have.
- For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
- God did not give us differing measures of faith; we all have received the same amount. We must simply work our faith and be consistent until we see results.
- In the middle of a dry season, we hear before we see any results.
- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
- A root grows down first before we can see what comes up. Sometimes we do not see what is taking place, but God’s Word is not void.
- There is power in all of God’s promises. We are not just hoping and praying His Word will come to pass. We can trust in the promise.
- And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:22-31).
- Sometimes the turbulence of life can make us feel like we are in the midst of a storm. We must not let the drama stop us from getting to what is on the other side.
- Jesus will never fail to deliver us out of our storm.
- Crying out in fear is the wrong response. Being of good cheer in the midst of trouble is the correct response; it is the faith response.
- Faith is our positive response to what grace has already made available.
- When we are presented with a challenge and we respond in faith, something will always present itself to distract us and cause us to respond in fear.
- As long as Peter looked at Jesus, Peter was doing something above his natural ability. When we look at Jesus during times of adversity, He will keep us above the natural.
- We cannot successfully walk through life without God’s help.
- When Jesus said to Peter, “O thou of little faith,” Jesus was not referring to Peter’s small faith. He meant that Peter had a short burst of faith that did not last, which is why he sank.
- The apostles did not understand how faith works. Jesus had to explain it to them.
- And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do(Luke 17:5-10).
- The apostles thought they needed more faith. Jesus had to explain to them that they did not need a bigger measure of faith; they simply needed to use the faith they already had.
- A master needs to know the correct way to handle a servant, and the servant needs to keep working until the job is done. Our faith is like that; in tough times, we must not call our faith in from the field.
- When things seem one way on the physical level, we use our faith to call things that be not as though they were.
- …Before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were (Romans 4:17).
- And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise(Hebrews 6:15).
- This is God’s commitment to those who continue to maintain their faith in hard times, despite the waves of doubt coming against us. Our response is what settles the issue.
- We must also verbally declare our faith.
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).
- Patience is faith applied over a long period of time.
- We must use patience when exercising our faith, and not let our faith fail us.
- Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath greatrecompence ofreward.For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (Hebrews 10:35, 36).
- Confidence is the missing substance of faith.
- Another word for recompense is compensation. We will be compensated for our faith.
- Patience is to remain constantly, consistently the same, regardless of what happens.
- We cannot be afraid of the “stalk” time between planting seeds of faith and reaping the harvest. This is the time when things are happening, but we cannot see what is going on.
- During stalk time, we must guard our peace and not allow someone else’s drama to steal it. This is not always easy to do.
- Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (Hebrews 4:11).
- We do not have to be afraid that what we are believing for will not come to pass. We must not cave in and quit.
- And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1).
Hebrews 10:35, 36