What kind of faith are you believing with? ‘Now faith’ or ‘tomorrow faith’?
Are you believing God for something? Maybe its for healing, maybe its for deliverance, maybe its for a new home, maybe its for your rent money, maybe its to have enough to buy groceries for the week, or maybe you want to prosper so that you can be a blessing to others. There are many different things that you may be believing God for as you read this. But what kind of faith are you believing with? ‘Now faith‘ or ‘tomorrow faith’?
Pharaoh’s answer as to when the frogs should be removed does not speak of great intelligence.
Allow me to give you an example of ‘tomorrow faith‘. In Exodus chapter 8, Egypt had been overrun by frogs. Frogs were literally everywhere. After Pharaoh’s magicians had failed to be any help – all they managed to do was produce even more frogs – Pharaoh called for Moses & Aaron and said to them, “Pray to God to rid us of these frogs. I’ll release the people so that they can make their sacrifices and worship God” (verse 8, The Message). Moses, in return, was very courteous towards Pharaoh and replied, “Certainly. Set the time. When do you want the frogs out of here, away from your servants and people and out of your houses? You’ll be rid of frogs except for those in the Nile”. Pharaoh’s answer, as to when the frogs should be removed, does not speak of great intelligence. Had the people of Egypt heard the conversation between Pharaoh and Moses, they would probably not have been very impressed with their leader.
Everyone in Egypt got to experience another night amongst all the frogs.
So what was Pharaoh’s answer? Did he say, “ASAP!” or “now!“? Well that might be what you would have expected him to say. Or even an exasperated, “What do you mean, when? Now of course!!!!“. But no – Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow“. Pharaoh could have received deliverance from all those frogs there and then, but he chose tomorrow! So everyone in Egypt got to experience another night amongst all those frogs. Which sounds ridiculous, but how often have we expected to receive tomorrow, rather than today? The thing you’re believing for right now, are you expecting it at any moment, or at some point in the future?
Faith takes hold of what it is believing for NOW.
If the answer is at some point in the future, but not quite yet, then let me ask you why? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Faith takes hold of what it is believing for NOW. It expects to receive NOW, not tomorrow. ‘Tomorrow faith’ is not really faith at all. ‘Tomorrow faith’ is forever putting off receiving to another day, but never actually now. The problem is that, as you know, tomorrow never comes – it is always close, but elusively in the future. In Mark 11:24 Jesus said, “Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it; it’s yours!” (The Living Bible). Jesus did not say that we are to believe that we are going to get it eventually, He said that if we believe that we have it – it’s ours.
It is time to start doing what Jesus said to do.
Whatever it is that you are believing for, start expecting it now, rather than tomorrow, or next week, next month or next year. Find a scripture that covers what you are believing for – which may be easy, or may take some studying – but either way, find that scripture and then pray. Pray based on what that scripture promises you and believe that you receive it. If you do that, then according to Jesus Himself, “it’s yours!”. It is time to start doing what Jesus said to do, and to start getting some really impressive testimonies. The sort of testimonies that will make non-believers and other believers alike, sit up and take notice.
Do you open the presents yourself?
At Christmas, do you open your presents on Christmas Day, or do you wait until some point in the future? Do you open the presents yourself, or does someone else open them for you? Unless you are very unusual, you open your presents yourself on Christmas Day – why would you wait? Likewise, we should not be putting off receiving from God until another day. The picture Jesus is painting in Mark 11, when He says that we need to believe we receive when we pray, is not a picture of someone waiting for a present to be put into their hands and then unwrapped for them. If you are waiting for that to happen with regards to God’s promises, you are going to have a long wait. The accurate translation of what Jesus said, means that we need to take, not just passively receive. We are to reach out, take whatever we are believing for from Jesus, say “thank you very much” and then proceed to open it.
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