Week 3 • March 18-24
Quarterly Theme: Creative Faith
Lesson Text Psalm 33:6
All things- Individually.
Made- To become, i.e. to come to pass, happen.
Appear- To bring forth into the light, cause to shine, shed light.
A Faith That Makes Things Happen
"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
John 1:3, KJV
"Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."
John 1:3, NIV
There are three types of people in the world. There are those who want things to happen. There are those who wait for things to happen. Then there are those who make things happen. Now which kind of person are you? If you are a believer, you should be the type of person that makes things happen!
People who just wish or want things to happen often live in a place called "Fantasy Isle." They dream of a better day or a better place, but they never do anything to get there! They spend a lot of time thinking, dreaming, hoping, and even praying. But they never get around to taking action. As a resident of Fantasy Isle or Someday Isle, they find themselves saying, "Someday I'll get there" or "Someday I'll do this, that or the other."
People who just wait for things to happen are nice and patient. They sit around waiting for things to change, waiting for things to get better, or waiting for things to turn around. They remain in a place of expectation. They stand still to see the salvation of God. But the problem is they remain at a standstill, never taking any steps to move forward or in the direction of the thing they desire.
Finally, there are people who make things happen. They are often referred to as the shakers and movers. A mover and a shaker is just that. They are persons who move and shake things up. They move and they move other people into following them. They shake themselves and others out of apathy or lethargy. They take action! They conceive, believe, and achieve! They want things to happen, they wait for things to happen, but then they take the necessary steps by faith to make things happen!
Be the kind of person that does more than just want things to happen and wait for things to happen. Be the kind of person that makes things happen!
Faith in God is creative! It was God's faith that created the world. Hebrews 11:3 says, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear:" Faith, something intangible that we do not see, created everything that we do see.
That same faith is available to you today. All you have to do is exercise it. All you have to do is be bold and daring enough to step out by faith. Let your faith, the faith that God has given you, take you places you have never been before. Let it cause you to do things you have never done before.
Do not be moved or thwarted by stumbling blocks. Let the creative faith of God turn them into stepping stones. Stop magnifying your problems and start magnifying God. Stop turning molehills into mountains and start turning mountains into molehills.
When Jesus told His disciples to have faith in God, He went on to say in Mark 11:23b, "Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." You see, creative faith moves mountains! It moves barriers! It moves blockages or blockades! It moves anything and everything that stands in the way of reaching the desired objective or goal.
Think about how God made a way for Israel in the wilderness. There were no streets. There were no roads. There were no paths. There were no highways, expressways, or freeways. There was just barren land. But God promised to make a way in the wilderness. He promised to make a way for them to travel through that barren land.
They had a destination. They were headed to the Promised Land. But they encountered obstacles. The first obstacle was the Red Sea. One of the last obstacles was the Jordan River. On both occasions, God made a way.
When you are walking with God, you are walking by faith. And when you are walking by faith, a way is always made. Yes, there are obstacles. But by faith, you can make it! By faith, you can overcome those obstacles. By faith, you can move them out of the way.
Creative faith does not necessarily mean making something out of nothing. Sometimes creative faith makes something out of something else. It makes something new out of something old. It makes something better out of something bitter. It makes something sweet out of something sour. It takes lemons and makes lemonade! We see a beautiful illustration of this in Exodus 15:23-25.
23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)
24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?"
25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.
God wants you to use your faith to creatively turn things around in your own life. You do not have to go through life drinking bitter waters. The bitter waters of life can be miraculously turned into sweet water. You just need the Lord to show you a tree. The tree represents the tree Jesus died on at Calvary. Faith in the shed blood of Jesus can turn bitter waters sweet.
So what is there to dread? What is there to fear? Lean on the everlasting arms of Jesus. Remember that He is the author and finisher of your faith. That faith is creative. That faith refuses to be intimidated. It refuses to fear. It refuses to back down in the face of apparent defeat or failure. It perseveres and endures to the end. It fights and keeps on fighting until it wins. It believes and keeps on believing until it receives the thing that it has been believing God for.
What do you think about the three different types of people described in this lesson? Can you identify with any of them? Which one do you tend to be like?
Faith in God takes you places you have never been before and causes you to do things you have never done before. Do you agree with this statement? If so, can you give an example of this in your own life?
Have you ever turned a stumbling block into a stepping stone? If so, please share your testimony.
In Exodus 15:23-25, Moses literally made bitter waters sweet. How did he do it? What lessons can we learn from this? How can a person take lemons or bitter life experiences and make them taste like sweet lemonade?
Let us pray that our faith helps us see what we can't see.
Let us pray that our faith not stumble in the face of the adversary.
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