Yesterday, we talked about faith being the key that unlocks all of the potential Jesus has placed in our hearts. Today, I want to take it a step further and give a couple of techniques for receiving and activating its power. First of all, faith is a gift, so that means that we can’t create it, we must ask for it. Corrie Ten Boom used to say, “If you have the faith, God has the power.” That is very true, but even if we don’t have the faith, God still has the power, and there’s no better way to tap into His limitless supply than by humbly requesting more. Once faith is received, it needs to be activated, and there are a couple of things we can do to proactively engage it. First, we can stir it up. Have you ever made a glass of chocolate milk and then left it in the refrigerator, only to come back and find it separated? I think the same thing happens in our spiritual lives when our faith grows dormant — sometimes we have to shake it up to see its fruit. I’m reminded of David and how the Bible says that he encouraged himself in the Lord. Likewise, we stir our faith when we purposefully remember God’s goodness, boldly praise His Name, and passionately claim His promises. Then, once we shake it up, we must also release it. Oral Roberts used to talk a lot about this, and simply stated, it means that you put it into action. You release your faith when you stretch out your hand to pray for someone or do something brave that requires you to overcome the fear of man.
My friend, there’s no more important time than this global crisis to build and activate your faith. With so many precious souls grappling with hopelessness, our society needs your confident assurance in the goodness of God now more than ever. When you place your trust in the unfailing love of your Savior, your life will offer an alternative to the world’s attempts to find meaning and truth solely in the discoveries of man. As you walk in the power and radiance of the Holy Spirit, His glow will illuminate your life and shine the hope of Jesus on all who are blessed to cross your path.