The Six Phases of Faith

God takes our belief, and he blesses us through it, and that makes life a great adventure. It is critical that we cooperate with God as he builds faith within us. Here are the six phases of faith God always takes our dreams through.

Phase 1 – Dream: Do I have a dream planted in me by God? If you don’t have a dream, start praying, “God give me your dream.”

Phase 2 – Decision: Do I need to make a faith-decision that will help that dream become a reality? Some of you have a dream from God, but you haven’t made a decision to follow it.

Phase 3 – Delay: What has caused my dream to be delayed? If your prayer hasn’t been answered, that’s okay. It just means you’re in God’s waiting room.

Phase 4 – Difficulty: What difficulties have I faced waiting for the dream to be fulfilled? You are being tested, but it’s not going to be the last time. You’ll go through many, many tests as you follow your God-given dream.

Phase 5 – Dead End: Have I come to a dead end yet? Some of you are there ready to give up. But the truth is – you’re right where God wants you. You’re getting prepared for deliverance.

Phase 6 – Deliverance: Do I expect and trust God to deliver me?

“According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29 NIV)

God is faithful. What he tells us to do, he will do.

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You go through the faith-phases of Dream, Decision, Delay, Difficulty, and Dead End . . . and then comes Deliverance.

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What Is Your Greatest Ability?

“Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do” (Ephesians 5:15 Phillips).

You and I have a variety of great abilities. For some of us it’s the ability to do math, fix computers, or to sew. We all have abilities — even if at times we need others to point them out to us.But do you know what your greatest ability is?

Responsibility.

Responsibility is your ability to respond to life. It’s what makes you human — and it’s a gift from God. Much of your life hasn’t been in your control. You didn’t choose where you would be born. You didn’t choose who your parents would be. You didn’t choose how your parents would raise you. You didn’t choose the unique gifts and talents you would bring into the world.

Responsibility is how you handle everything else. God has given you the freedom to respond to what comes your way. How you respond to what life throws at you impacts your life more than any other factor.

In fact, in many ways, life is a test of how we handle responsibility. We spend only a fraction of our lives on this side of eternity. God doesn’t care about our achievements while we’re here on this earth. He cares about our character.

Our lives today are mere warm-up acts for what’s to come. God is testing your responsibility for what’s going to happen later on. God put you on this earth primarily for two reasons: to know him personally and to develop character.

In the past three to four decades, we’ve seen a steep decrease in responsibility throughout our culture. Many in our world live by the motto, “I’m not responsible for anything. It’s not my fault.”

That view is in stark contrast with what the Bible says:

“Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do” (Ephesians 5:15 Phillips).

If you’re a follower of Jesus, you know that he is the one who gives meaning in this life. You can live responsibly because you know you’re a steward of the life you’ve been given. Responsible people make the most of the life they’ve been given.

How will you use the life you’ve been given?

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