Faith Stands StillApril 3, 2018
Before I get into my letter this month, I first want to say thank you for all the gifts and offerings that you have sent to our ministry. There is simply no way I could ever exaggerate or over-magnify the importance of your partnership with us. Lives are being touched, changed, strengthened, and rescued as a result of what you give so faithfully to this ministry. Denise and I, and our entire team that is doing the work, want to express our profound thankfulness to you for being such a significant part of what we’re doing.
In all my communication with partners this month, I have felt led to focus on how to stand firm in the face of difficulties. Like it or not, difficulties come in life. The good news is, we are spiritually well-equipped to overcome them if we’ll stand strong in faith.
Faith Never Surrenders to the Obstacles
It is no secret that the devil will try to knock you back from your stance of faith when you’re facing a difficult challenge. However, in this pivotal moment when he is pushing his hardest, you must be aware that you stand at a crossroad. You have a crucial choice to make: You can give up, or you can stand your ground and boldly declare, “I refuse to be moved off my position of faith! The Word of God is true, and I am not going to back off!”
If you have had trouble in the past standing firm in your faith against the pressure of the enemy, don’t feel condemned. Just receive this message as an encouragement from the Lord to get back on your feet and go for it again! To experience a breakthrough regarding a difficult situation or a trap that you’ve struggled with for a long time, you must take a bold stance of faith and then stand still without moving from that important stance.
Yes, it may take time for the answer you’re seeking to manifest. Just because your request is in accordance with God’s will doesn’t mean the answer always comes to pass quickly or without a hitch. There’s a devil out there who doesn’t want you to experience God’s will for your life. You also have your own flesh to deal with, and flesh loves comfort — it does not like a challenge! Also, your faith may need to grow. God wants you to come to a higher level in the process of receiving the answer to your prayer.
Faith knows what it wants. It doesn’t vacillate. It never moves. Faith stands still in one spot. So make your bold confession of faith: “God, this is what I want. This is Your will for my life, so I’m not moving from this confession until I receive the fulfillment of it!”
In James 1:6, James described the unwavering attitude a believer must have when he or she asks God for something in faith. It says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
First of all, James told us that we must “ask.” The word “ask” is the Greek word aiteo, which means to be firm or adamant in requesting assistance to meet tangible needs, such as food, shelter, money, and so forth. The petitioner is so sure that his request is correct that he asks boldly and with an expectation to receive what he is firmly requesting. This depicts a person who speaks up, speaks out, and prays boldly and authoritatively.
The use of this word tells us emphatically that God wants us to “ask” Him to meet our tangible needs. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can only talk to God about spiritual needs. If you have a physical, tangible need, God wants you to ask Him to meet it! So if you have a need today, you have every right to go boldly to the Lord to ask Him to move on your behalf!
But James said that we must ask “in faith.” The Greek lays emphasis on the word “in” — as something that the person is locked into or as something that is immovable. In other words, this person is praying from a stable, immovable, decided position. He knows what he wants and isn’t going to budge. Faith knows what it wants, and faith stands still on that point. Faith doesn’t waver about the matter.
Then the verse goes on to say that we must ask in faith and not “doubt.” The word “doubt” in Greek is diakrinomai, which means to waver or to be at variance with one’s self. In other words, if you are “diakrinomai,” your mouth may be saying all the right words, but your heart is not really in agreement. What you’re saying is just a mouthful of correct, yet empty words.
Until your heart and mouth get into agreement, you are not really asking in faith, so James told us we must ask with a heart that is in agreement with our mouth.
James said that if we are not asking in faith — that is, if we are not standing firm in our position of faith — we are acting like a “wave” of the sea.
The word “wave” is the Greek word kludunai, and it describes the billowing sea, or one roll of waves after another, or the ever-changing sea. Waves may look impressive, but they don’t last long. Likewise, a person who doesn’t stand firm in faith may temporarily look or sound impressive when he prays — but like a wave of the sea, his prayers and desires are everchanging. Therefore, he is wavering. He is not standing firm in a position where he can be blessed.
Faith stands still!
In verse 7, James continued, “…Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” It’s not that God doesn’t want to bless this kind of man; He can’t bless this
man, because the person doesn’t stay in a position of faith long enough to receive an answer to his prayers. Like the waves of the sea, he is constantly shifting from one request to another about the same issue — and then when a little pressure is applied and he doubts, he shifts again.
Perhaps this is one reason a prayer request of yours hasn’t been answered. Maybe you’ve never locked in with your faith on that particular need. Regarding what you’ve asked God for, do you change your mind or waver in doubt every few days — or even every year?Some times it does take years for certain answers to prayer to manifest or come to fruition. That’s why it’s so important to focus and lock in with your faith. You have to say, “This is it!” when you pray, and then stand still, unchanging and immovable concerning your firm stance of faith.
I suggest you say out loud: “Faith stands still.” Say it again and again until that truth gets planted firmly in your heart. If you’re wavering in your faith all the time, you make it difficult for God to bless you. But when you determine, “I’m believing God for this answer to come to pass, and I’m not moving from my place of faith about it!” — then you position yourself as someone God can bless.
So decide today what you want or need based on what God promises in His Word. Then pray a prayer of faith, determining that you’re not going to move from your position until you see that answer come into manifestation. Regardless of how long it takes or how difficult the process is, you’re not moving — because faith stands still!
I pray this letter has encouraged you today. Doesn’t it make you want to dig your heels into your position of faith and declare that you’re not budging until you see what God has promised to you?
If there is a better way that Denise and I and our prayer team can pray for you, please let us know. We’re praying for you anyway, but when we hear from you about how to pray specifically, it makes our praying even more effective. So, please, if you have a concrete need, let us know and Denise and I and our prayer team will go to work praying! We are here for you!
We love you and thank God for you!
Rick and Denise Renner
along with Paul, Philip, and Joel and their families