by Rex Rouis
‘Live at the level that your miracle requires’ – what does that mean? If you need a miracle then you will have to live at a level in God that will support a miracle. Big things take big faith and big faith takes effort. The Bible says to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and THEN you will receive the things you need. Making Him number one may require changes in your life.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33
And you have to do it. Somebody else cannot do it for you. I get prayer requests all the time. They all go something like this, “Please pray for me, I have a terrible issue and I desperately need God’s help.” Yes, I can pray for them, and I do, but real help comes when people rise up themselves and do the things they need to do.
Ultimately, God wants us to grow in Him. People usually don’t grow unless they have to – unless they are forced to. Sometimes the hard issues of life force us to do just that. We need to do what the Bible says to receive what the Bible promises. When we do what we are supposed to do then God does what He desires to do. When we do what the Bible tells us to do, then God will do what He has promised He would do. And most of the time, the bigger the request, the bigger the effort. You do not earn God’s favor but the kind of faith necessary for big things requires sacrifice and effort. When the disciples could not cast the spirit out of the little boy in Mark chapter 9, Jesus told them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29 KJV) Some things take an extra effort. Jesus always paid the price, evidently, the disciples did not.
More Bible, more praise, more worship, more seeking, more listening, more obedience, more trust, more whatever. God wants us to be willing to do whatever it takes to seek and follow Him. He wants us to treat Him like He actually is the God of the universe, and that He actually can help us. It is simply giving Him the respect that He deserves, and showing Him by our actions that we know that He is faithful to what He has promised.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
Most things in God do not just happen. Where did we ever get the idea that faith in God was easy, and that it would not take effort? It may take everything you have to get an answer from God by faith. That is why it happens so rarely. He is not reluctant to move on our behalf but He requires much, and few are willing to do it. Are you willing? Do you want it that bad?
We need to do what the Bible says to receive what the Bible promises.Jesus taught on discipline, patience, and perseverance for a reason – because He expects it. God still moves in the affairs of man, but only when moved by faith.
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, James 1:6, 7
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the (spoken) word of Christ. Romans 10:17
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7
Faith comes from the Word, specifically, “a Word freshly spoken.” A personal word, from a personal God to a person – you. Not a written word, not a read word, not even a heard word from somebody else, but a personal word heard from a very personal God – Jesus.
Faith is what pleases God. It is actively seeking Him, hearing Him, and trusting in Him as Abba Father. He alone is the source of such faith. It comes as the result of Him speaking to His people. Find out what you need to do and do it. We can help you; God can help you, but you need to do it.