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Growing A Thicker Threshold Faith

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name. ~Psalm 86:11 (NRSV).

Faith, like courage, is not the absence of fear, but the conforming of fear to a usable output. But faith, like courage, has different strengths, and perhaps this way it can be likened to something we can thicken, resembling, perhaps, what it might be like in achieving faith like the proverbial hide on a rhinoceros.

 

The Nature of Fear

If we’re to grow our faith in any way we have to draw up close to fear, learn about it – how it manifests over us personally, and develop fear-shortening strategies.

In other words, our faith is expanded when we learn how to control and regulate our fear – even using fear as a catapult out of our temptations at despair. Walking in the LORD’s truth is as much a matter as denying our fear, for faith, as anything. It’s about the single-minded heart with no spiritual duplicity in sight… well, that’s the theory.

A useful thing to know about fear is it sits at the opposite end on a continuum to that of faith. This ‘faith-fear continuum’ highlights and pinpoints our overall spiritual circumstance in life.

Fear typically stands off at a distance, yet with the least warning, it encroaches and rains on our parade of faith. The world, it seems, changes suddenly as we’re rocked by fear.

The Anatomy of the ‘Thicker’ Faith

Faith, like forgiveness and healing and patience in the godly realm, is inexplicable. How can we really describe the acquisition of increased levels of any of these things, barring an attribution that we’re learning? Certainly, we’re trusting.

This is important to acknowledge, for God’s role in the blessing of increasing our faith is by virtue of our obedience, but importantly God’s not obligated to discharge blessing. But as life would have it, God’s nature is consistent in these ways, to the smallest letter.

A thicker threshold of faith is the secret to our eventual success.

It ameliorates fear, but not by feeling less fearful. This is important to understand. We can be gentle of spirit and still highly resilient in faith. Both states can co-exist. Gentility is not to be confused for timidity. And indeed, God wants us still very sensitive to our own needs so we can fulfill them how we need them fulfilled, for ‘God helps those that help themselves,’ as the old adage goes.

A thicker threshold of faith is about learning how to enlarge the safety envelope within our faith so we’re able to hold the dramatic tensions of fear at bay.

This is not solving the fear; it’s learning to accept it, and able to move on in spite of it. Not being in fear of the fearful stimuli, ours and others’ reactions, and our feelings is the key.

Thicker threshold faith gives us this capacity to deal with, and even exploit, our fears. So, here we can know that nothing’s denied, and we’re just merely truthful about how we feel. In this way, we quell the fear’s power. Before God and mankind, we’re just so much more us, and certainly, we have less to hide.

 


 

George Muller – A Story of Faith

Tools for Enhancing Fervent Prayer in Recent Times

Do you need speedy answers to your prayers? Or do you wonder what you need in order to pray more fervently? Prayer is a channel of communication with God and fervent prayer is a hotline to heaven. It gives you an unobstructed link to God and delivers speedy answers to your prayers. This article lists the tools for enhancing fervent prayer.

Whatever your purpose for desiring to pray more fervently, you need some tools or enhancers to accomplish that purpose. And no matter your level of fervency already in prayer, you can improve and enjoy more of God’s blessings. So here are the tools for enhancing fervent prayer

 

Fervent Prayer Enhancers

  1. Time

Though it is not how long you pray but how well you pray that matters, you still need adequate and quality time to pray fervently. When you have enough time, you will be able to sufficiently plead your case before God, (Isaiah 43:26). Elijah was not in a hurry when he was praying fervently for rain to fall. He prayed till there was a sign in heaven, 1 Kings 18:42-44). You also need to pray till you have peace within you.

  1. Quiet place

It is difficult to concentrate in a noisy environment. You need quietness all around you and also within you for you to pray effectively and receive an answer from God. For instance, the night before His crucifixion, Jesus was up on Mount Olives alone in fervent prayer before God and an angel came and strengthened Him for the task ahead, (Luke 22:41-44). An enhancer like a quiet place makes all the difference.

  1. Knowledge of the word of God

God listens for His words when we pray and He is committed ONLY to His words, (1 John 5:14-15). He watches over His Words to perform it. Therefore, you need to know what God’s word says about your prayer point and say them back to Him. Search the scriptures for God’s words concerning that issue, meditate on them and then pray them. This is one tool you must engage for speedy results

  1. Faith

“But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”, (Hebrews 11:6, KJV). It takes enhancers like faith to pray fervent prayer. You need to believe that God will answer your prayer. Faith is like a magnet that draws God’s attention to your prayers.

  1. Righteousness

“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil”, (I Peter 3:12, KJV). It is the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man, that avails much. Have a right stand with God, pray fervently and God will answer your prayers.

Many people are desperate for answers from God for various reasons and fervent prayer is the solution. Make use of the above-listed tools or enhancers today and you will enhance your prayers. Surely you will receive answers from God and enjoy unending blessings of God.

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