People ask me regularly, “Pastor, how long do I have to wait before I will see the answer to my faith?” My answer is always the same: “As long as it takes!”
SEEING VS. BELIEVING
Too often, faith fails to work because we have unintentionally placed limits on our faith. We are believing for things to come to pass, but when we don’t see anything, we become deflated and give up. In this case, what we see (or don’t see) has determined our level of faith.
For us to have the fulfillment of our faith, we are going to have to move past seeing is believing.
Real faith doesn’t need physical evidence to believe. If our faith is based in seeing something, then our faith hasn’t fully matured and we have unintentionally placed a limit on our faith.
I remember a story about a young man who was engaged to be married to a young lady. Apparently, he was having challenges with the girl’s mother. After much turmoil, the young man went to see a specialist on marriage and the family. After expressing all of the issues, the doctor asked the young man a question, “Do you think that this girl’s mother can break you up?” The young man said, “Yes!” The doctor responded, “Then let her. If she can break you up now, she will be able to break you up later.”
The same can be said about seeing is believing. A faith that is based only on sight has limits. Those limits will eventually break up our faith. When we are in true faith, there are no time limits and no adversities of any kind that can change what we believe.
Don’t confess your limits. One thing that will never work is exposing our limitations to the devil.
We need to understand that the devil’s plan is to cause us to change what we believe. If the devil can change what we believe then he can change our destiny. The devil wants to steal and choke out the Word that we are standing on! He knows that you and I are only as high as the faith we’re standing on and only as strong as the Word in our hearts. So, the devil will send problems and adversities in an effort to disconnect us from our faith and to steal the Word of God from us.
HOW DO WE OVERCOME?
It’s easy! Continue filling up with God’s Word. The Bible says, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Therefore, we must hear the Word of God continually, to the point that we are not influenced by what we see. The Word of God must become the evidence and substance of what we believe. When we’re this full of His Word, it doesn’t matter how long it takes and whether or not we see anything at all. We believe no matter what.
Let’s remember that it’s not seeing is believing – but believing is seeing.