Hebrews 11:6 MEV “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those that seek Him.”
Matthew 6:33 AMPC “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”
John 10:10 AMPC “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
Read those Scriptures again. Go ahead and get your Bible and turn to them and highlight or underline them. Let those Scriptures mark your thinking, not only for this study but from this day forward.
The title of this post is faith stops at the question mark. That is why I started with those three Scriptures, we have to understand that God’s will is good. From the very beginning God made a distinction between THE BLESSING and the curse. THE BLESSING is good and the curse is bad.
From the start the enemy has brought about confusion concerning this. Have you ever heard the phrase, “blessing in disguise”, or something like God used this tragedy to teach me. Those statements are beliefs in the curse and a rejection of THE BLESSING. No parent would wish ill on their child, yet many Christians have bought the lie of the enemy that bad things are “blessings in disguise”.
The will of God and the purpose of Jesus’s death and resurrection is made clear in Psalm 103:1-5 NKJV “Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
That is the will of God for our lives and this is where are faith is based from. When we let questions contrary to the Word of God run through our minds our faith stops. When questions like; will God heal me or thoughts of; I don’t need a raise, I’m able to meet my obligations or everyone in my family has lived pay check to pay check, why should I be any different? When we allow those thoughts and questions to be the prominent voice in our minds are faith stops. Worse yet, when the enemy says someone is so far gone that we quit standing for their salvation.
Faith stops at the question mark. How do we get rid of the questions? How do we stop ourselves from doubting?
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Philippians 4:8 NKJV “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Meditate on the Word of God and put out everything that is not in line with it. Make a quality decision right now as you’re reading this post that you are not stopping at the question mark anymore. Get in the Word and get it deep down on the inside of you. Meditate on the Word till it becomes louder than every other voice and thought and then DON’T QUIT! Don’t become lax in your faith. Get your eyes on the Word and declare it out of your mouth.
Faith stops at the question mark but it flourishes when our eyes are on the Word and the Word is on our lips. Believe the goodness of God, believe the love of God and walk in all the promises of God.
Keys to overcoming the question mark:
Make the Word of God your top priority. Go to the Word first.
Listen to teaching in the car and keep it playing at night. Your spirit is being fed.
Train yourself to talk the promise and not the problem. Retraining ourselves to talk the Word is a process but it can be done. We just have to stay on it, we can’t afford to lay it aside for one second.
Get books on the areas your believing for and look up Scriptures. Get your mind settled on the Word of God.