Growing in Faith

Growing in Faith

(by Overseer Scott Whitwamchurch ministry association)

It’s not often that I take time to write for the Church Ministry Association (CMA) blog. However today I felt led to do so. There are many challenges that we face in life, not just the ministry but each one of us on a daily basis. The challenge to keep our conversation right James 3:1-13; the challenge to consider others before ourselves Mathew 22:39-40; the challenge to be a person of faith Hebrews 11:6; the challenge to stand on what God has promised Ephesians 6:10-20; and the challenge to continually confess the Word and believe Gods promise Mark 11:22-24.

Our responses to these challenges are at the heart of our ability to overcome them. I believe that freewill is one of the greatest gifts God has ever given to mankind. It separates us from Angels and gives us the ability to choose life or death Deuteronomy 30:19 it gave Adam and Eve the choice between divine fellowship and separation from God and it gives us the freedom to choose to do good or do evil. It was the freewill choice that Jesus made that reconciled man to our Father. It is our freewill choice that determines whether we receive the gift of God or not Romans 6:23.

When I was a young Christian I wondered why all the promises of God didn’t fall on me like ripe cherries from o cherry tree. The Word says that God would supply all my needs! I knew that there were spirit filled believers who had the ability to provide the finances I needed but NONE did. I continued to pray, confess and believe and wait with patience… because through faith and patience Abraham inherited the promise. Looking back I have realized that one of the things that has made me grow in faith is just that experience. Had well meaning Christians seeing my need paid my bills, bought my food or financed my ministry, it would have ruined me. You may say – what? That’s right, if I didn’t have to believe God for my needs I would have looked to MAN every time I had a need and not to God. Now the blessing of the Lord has always come through man in some way for my wife and I: business deal, work or somebody listening to the Holy Spirit and doing what they were told. I have had people who the Lord has led to give money for missions, the poor and the congregation.

Through this I learned a valuable lesson. Listen to the Holy Spirit in your giving and don’t be taken by a smooth talking, well meaning individual and don’t give because of need. See use to think incorrectly that Galatians 6:10 and James 4:17 said that I was to financially help those less fortunate than me. But it doesn’t say that, it say “do good” and doing good is teaching men to live by faith in God not me. Don’t get me wrong, we help financially in many parts of the world including the US but I never respond to pleas based on someone’s need, rather I respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the commitments made because of Him.

Overseer Scott Whitwam
Church Ministry Association

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