The great theologian CH Spurgeon once said, “Prayers are heard in heaven very much in proportion to your faith. Little faith will get very great mercies, but great faith greater mercies still.”
Having faith in God is more than just reciting words, doing good deeds, and attending church every Sunday. To really achieve a warrior’s faith that will bring blessings beyond what we can imagine we must experience a total and complete transformation of our very existence so that we can yearn for Him, strive to be like Him in our words and deeds, and spread the good news to others through our testimony as an instrument of His will and a testament to His glory. We need eyes to see and ears to hear.
To often we believe that those with wealth, power, influence and public adulation have the type of life we should emulate. In fact Christ is no respecter of persons, and no amount of material possessions, earthly appointment, star power, or human authority will bring a person closer to God than true faith from a transformed heart.
Those with money, wealth and fame certainly have greater resources to put to good use in the ministries of the Lord, but few do and when they do they gain no greater favor with the Lord for doing so. It is those with the most powerful FAITH who reach God’s ears first.
In John 18, Christ is brought before Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor of Judea, the most powerful, influential and revered figure in his domain. Pilate had the earthly authority to decide the fate of Christ and in his position questioned the Son of God expecting a fearful, subservient response.
“Pilate said unto him, “Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest I am a king. To this end I was born, and for this cause came I unto this world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth hears my voice.” To which Pilate responded, “What is truth?” Our Lord answered him with silence. John 18
Pilate was powerful enough in his earthly domain but he could not hear the eternal truth because he was a pagan and a non-believer. He was not humbled in the knowledge and acceptance of Christ as the Son of God.
The Bible reminds us that, the exalted shall be humbled and the humble exalted. Isaiah 2:12. As we go through this life, our emphasis must be on developing more faith, not more wealth, achieving more humility not more authority over men, finding more time for God and less time for earthly distractions.
May God bless you as you strive for the type of faith that comes with true understanding of Christ and his message for us as believers!