“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them accordingly: if [someone has the gift of] prophecy, [let him speak a new message from God to His people] in proportion to the faith possessed; if service, in the act of serving; or he who teaches, in the act of teaching; or he who encourages, in the act of encouragement; he who gives, with generosity; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy [in caring for others], with cheerfulness.”
Romans 12:6-8 AMP
In proportion with the faith possessed…
I know I’ve probably shared on this before, so let’s just look at it like review.
Remember in school when we would just be reviewing in our studies?
It seemed like a little easier task, to those of us who thought we had a handle on it-
But then the pop quiz comes about and we wish we would have spent a little more time concentrating, during the review.
I was actually spurred on by my brother the other day, when I was a little downcast over something I had been believing for, that didn’t quite work out the way I had envisioned it would.
Kind of like Peter in the boat.
Who got out of the boat.
Who walked on water!!!
And then sunk.
BUT JESUS, was right there, and I mean right there to pick him UP.
That’s what proportional faith looks like, I believe.
Jesus was there in faith.
He knew who He was, master over the water, and so He did what He knew He could do…
Peter on the other hand, was still green in his posture before the Lord, and asked if it was ok to come.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with that according to Jesus,
But Peter’s attempt-
and the actual measure of faith he had, in who Jesus was to Him, was out of proportion.
The water had to obey Jesus, not Peter.
Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and landed himself back in the flesh.
That’s the sinker.
So, how do we gain in proportion?
We do as the scripture says… use them!
It’s like lifting weights.
It’s like the bear, the lion, and the giant that David faced.
I believe there is so much struggle today in the lives of many believers because we want to do the big things while thinking we can skip over the little feats of faith.
Believe God for healing when you get a headache.
Instead of trusting in the Tylenol every time..
(There’s nothing wrong with Tylenol)
But Use your faith to get rid of that thing.
In every instance it works the same.
James said to submit yourself to God (what the Truth is)
Resist the devil and HE HAS TO FLEE.
God does His part, we do ours,
and the devil has no choice.
But the same way we resist weight when we are body building is the same way we resist the lies of the devil.
If you keep having someone else lift it all for you, you’ll never have used the measure God gave you, and ultimately you’ll become defeated.
But if you take God’s Word in every situation, and resist the devils work in your life-
believing Him for the finances to buy a Happy Meal, until you’re proportioned to believe for a car,
Or casting out the headache, because it doesn’t belong to as a child of God anymore than cancer-
You’ll see your proportion start to change.
I love this, because Jesus is the faith equalizer.
He isn’t more for some than He is for others.
You and I have to use our faith, just like Peter, and decide to step out of the boat!