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Stepping Out on Faith
But withal prepare me also a lodging; for I
trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you. Philemon 22
Here we find that Paul was speaking out in faith. He was a prisoner
but he is believing that he will be set free to the extent that he says prepare me a
lodging. Fix me up a place to stay cause I believe I'm coming to you all based on your
prayers. He trusted others to pray also for him and acted as though the answer was already
given. That is faith. He believed it and so it was.
If we ask God for something and don't believe we will get it then what is the
use of asking? Hebrews 11 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for the
evidence of things not seen. Substance is something you can see. If faith is the substance
of things hoped for then it is something that we can see as a result of hoping for
something. Paul was hoping to be released and so his substance became a lodging place. By
telling them to fix him a lodging place he was putting his faith into action. He was
saying this is what's going to happen believing that it would come, brought about by their
prayers for his release. He was not depending on himself totally but on them also to be
praying. We are instructed to pray one for another.
The evidence was them actually preparing it. They also had to believe
what they were praying. They had to believe that the Lord would deliver Paul to them. Paul
knew that they would obey him . He said he had confidence in that they would do more than
what he said. So we know by this it was done. By them believing that it would happen, and
Paul having confidence in their prayers and obedience, we see how that it becomes evidence
Is your faith working like this? Do you step out on faith not always knowing but trusting
God to make the way where there seems to be no way? Trust and obey and your needs will
be met. Step out on faith and watch the miracles of God.
Have a blessed day.
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