Remember when you were a child and your parents would tell you something was going to happen and you would get so excited? Maybe you were going to the beach or to a theme park. Maybe having a birthday party with your friends. The closer the time came the more excited you would get. Why? Because you had no reason to doubt what your parents told you. My mother use to say if I promise, then I will do it but if I don’t promise then I may or may not do it. And if she wasn’t sure, she would say, we’ll see. You can guess what we would say to her, Mom, do you promise?
When you say you believe God and his word, why can’t people see that God is promising what he says? Children have faith and as they grow up, people teach them to doubt by saying:
I don’t believe that.
You can’t do that.
You don’t have the money.
You’re not strong enough.
You don’t have the education.
Even though God tells you and me,
Philippians 4:13 KJV “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Children just believe what their parents tell them and that is what God wants from us, just believe what he says. If you don’t believe in healing, don’t expect to get healed. If you don’t believe you can do all things through Christ, then don’t expect miracles. If you don’t believe you are more than a conqueror through Christ, then you will live a defeated life with failures. How many times we read where Jesus said, according to your faith.
We know and believe the Scriptures and often we quote – the just shall live by faith or we walk by faith and not by sight but do you? Remember when the men lowered the man with palsy down from the rooftop so Jesus would heal him? What was Jesus’ reaction? When Jesus saw their faith, he acted. Luke 5:20.
You can memorize scripture, quote scripture, know scripture but if you don’t have a working faith, what you have is a lot of head knowledge. Paul explains this when he says Jews want proof, show me a sign. Gentiles want wisdom – head knowledge.
1 Corinthians 1:22-24 KJV “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
Most Christians are like lightbulbs. They are light to the unsaved. They glow. But they don’t know why prayers aren’t answered sometimes. They don’t know how to change things in their life. So they plug along like most other Christians and have a mediocre Christian walk. These are those lightbulbs that shine but they don’t radiate the room.
Then you have believers who say, why didn’t God answer this prayer or that prayer and they dig for answers. What they discover is there is a power available to them. Ephesians 3:20 KJV
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
These Christians learn how to be effective Christians. They learn to pray effectively. James 5:18 KJV “And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
James 5:16 KJV “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
I heard someone say the other day he started counting. He said he stood on a promise from God’s word and started praying about a matter. He said after Day 1, no change. After Day 2, no change but he is still believing God and God’s word and confessing out loud God’s promises, no change. Day 3 no change. Still believing God and confessing with faith God’s promises. Day 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 no change. Day 10 still believing and confessing and on Day 10, he had a breakthrough and he praised God.
How many Christians would have given up at Day 3 or Day 7 and said, this doesn’t work. How long did it take the angel to help Daniel? 21 days? Why?
Because Satan was fighting against him, see Daniel 10: 12,13. Abraham kept the faith for about 12 years before Isaac was born. Would you?
The manifestation of the Holy Spirit in us is manifest in several ways including faith. And when the lightbulb goes on in the Christians who understand we walk, live, move in faith. In things we can not see (Hebrews 11:1), but we believe no matter what. When these Christians start living, praying and walking in God’s power, we see outward evidence. These are lightbulbs that not only glow but have their mind renewed by the word of God.
Ephesians 3:14-21 KJV. “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”