“Pastor, how do I know that my faith is really working? Because I’m tired of how people keep making mockery of me”
When it comes to the operations of faith in our life, our measurement shouldn’t be what isn’t working around us, but what the word of God is doing for us.
I’ve shared before that faith is simply the results of our convictions from God’s word, and these results reflect within, through, and around our lives. If you think your faith isn’t working just because you’re not seeing results around your life, then you clearly do not understand the operations of faith.
The day you refused to steal because God’s word warns against it, then God’s word worked through you, and that’s faith. The day you decided to maintain your joy even after you lost your source of income, God’s word worked in you, and that’s faith. Likewise, the day you bought a car and perhaps a house, God’s word worked around you, and that’s faith too.
If you observe those three levels, the first two can easily attract mockery, while the third will always attract celebrations. However, everyone who wants to embark on the journey of faith with God must go through the first two levels before arriving at the third level. God’s word has to be working in you and through you before it begins to work around you. So your ability to endure the mockery from the first two levels will elevate you to the third level.
Let me show you a few scriptures;
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Did you see that? Abraham was already in a state of mockery, yet faith was working within him. At that age, he was fully persuaded that what God promised would come to pass in his life. The mockeries or obvious facts against him didn’t deter him in any way.
This is something to learn from. If the mockery affects your inner peace or your joy, or even causes you to doubt in any way, then maybe you haven’t believed God’s word enough. Like Abraham, if you believe God’s word, you’d be fully persuaded, despite the odds.
A certain woman had been barren for many years and decided to start engaging in morning cries – evangelizing to people about Jesus. One angry neighbor called her one day and complained that her noise disturbed them alot, and that if her Jesus was that good, why hasn’t He given her a child? For someone else, that would have been the end of her evangelism, but not this woman, she was fully persuaded. As God would have it, she conceived and gave birth nine months after that encounter.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Remember the blind leper at the Beautiful Gate? I guess you do. Peter unashamedly told him that he didn’t have money to give him; however, he gave him what he had.
That’s right! Something was working through Peter even though it had not began to reflect around him, financially. If you read Peter’s story, you’d realize that it wasn’t long from that moment that he began to command great resources around him.
I heard another testimony about another lady who was trusting God for a husband. She decided to go on evangelism and met a lady who was also trusting God for a husband. She didn’t hesitate to tell the lady that Jesus would give her a husband. This was a lady who had been praying for a husband and had not gotten, yet she was fully persuaded that Jesus can give a woman her husband. Long story short, the lady she evangelized to found a man as soon as she came to church, not long after that, she also got married. Faith worked through her!
As I conclude, don’t always judge your faith by the results around, always appreciate that which is working within you and that which is working through you. It’s only a matter of time before things begin to work around you.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!