Day 5, A dump truck of desire will not move God, but a pinch of faith will!

Okay folks… This one’s a little longer, but God put it my heart for you today. If you’ll give it that extra minute, I believe you’ll be blessed! Thank you so much for following this journey, we are blessed and encouraged by you!!

Kaboom! Another “faith-grenade” explodes in your life!

You fall to your face, desperately pleading with God to rescue you “Father, help me in my time of trouble! Deliver me Lord and reveal your glory!” Any believer who has suffered even a little, has prayed this kind of prayer. Sound familiar? – Tears, begging, saying things like “just this once”– you know!

And the Psalms are filled with them as David sought the Lord in earnest. So what could possibly please God more than this humble and intense desire for His help? Well let’s take a look at the healing of the two blind men in Matthew 9 to find out.

Matthew 9:27-29

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” …”Yes, Lord,” they replied.
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”(NIV)

Verse 27 tells us that two blind men were following Jesus. Now stop and think about that for a moment…BLIND men FOLLOWING Jesus? Can you picture it? – arms in the air, groping around, running into each other? What motivator would cause two blind guys to partner up and chase down Jesus? Sure they wanted to be healed, but what were their real expectations? Was it their faith?

To find out for sure we have look at how Jesus addressed the situation. He started by asking them “do you believe that I am able to do this?” Most of us would jump in and say “of course they believe you can do it – why else would they be so persistent?” They have faith! Right?…Wrong? Jesus would not agree with most of us. He did not begin by commending their faith, instead He questioned it. This leaves us with one conclusion, their desire was intense but their faith was questionable. Jesus was efficient, he never wasted time. He dealt with people’s immediate need up front. And in this case the immediate need was to activate their faith beyond desire.

The blind men did answer “yes” when asked, but Jesus wouldn’t have asked if they had already demonstrated faith by just following Him. He knew their hearts and asked the question up front that would force them to either deny or confess their faith in Jesus. That very moment real faith was activated in their heart and they were healed. The good news is that once he confronted the real issue they chose to receive it!

Are David’s prayers of desperation above missing something? Does this mean that David’s prayers were flawed? No way! When taken in context the Psalms are impeccably faithful. The difference is we don’t typically pray through an entire psalm when we are in pain, we just tell God it how bad it hurts and plead for help. We demonstrate humility and desire, but not faith. A humble desire for God to help us definitely honors Him, but only faith moves Him.

The blind men honored Jesus with their desire to be healed by Him, but what moved Him was the activation of their faith. If desire alone could do it Jesus never would have asked that question. We can know this for sure, because asking that question up front is not standard practice for Him. These guys needed faith, then they needed physical healing.

Without the influence of the Holy Spirit, desire and faith can be easily confused with one another. The definition of desire is to wish, want crave, or to have a longing for. Alternatively, faith is defined in Hebrews as the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (NASV). Simply put… desire is “the want” and faith is the absolute expectation.

Desire leads us toward human effort and stress. Faith leads to us toward resting in Him and the peace that passes all understanding – Shalom. Desire is a powerful motivator and works well with faith, but all by itself it can only die on the vine of futility.

Faith runs from self confidence into the arms of supreme confidence. So the next time we get swacked by fiery darts of the enemy, lets pray in the peace of faith and not the panic-filled stress of desire for help.

Prayer of Faith:

“Lord, this is a tough situation for me and it hurts my heart, but you are the one who provides for me, you are the reason I have victory over the temporary trials of this life. I rejoice in you and your promise that no weapon formed against shall prosper. But give me strength to endure while I wait that I may grow in faith and power for your mission. Lord let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I praise you for victory over my enemies and I bless them in Jesus name. Soften their hearts and draw them into your grace. I forgive those who hurt me and ask forgiveness for my thoughtless ways toward some. Encourage me through your spirit – the comforter, and when the time is just right your favor will restore me to the work you made me to do. Father I praise you and ask that you give me more of you and your wisdom. By faith I decree that I am already delivered and hold victory in my hand. In Jesus name, I receive you and all that you are to me. Amen.

On a personal note,

I was confused for years about faith and desire but God has renewed my mind through the scripture above – it makes so much sense now. Thank you Lord!! Desire is focused squarely on us, but real faith is focused absolutely on Him. It seems so obvious now.

Perhaps you already see it clearly, or have never been confused, but be on alert when praying because that’s where the enemy tries to connect these two mind sets and defeat your prayer. I challenge you to double check your prayers today and trade your desires for faith, if need be. It may surprise you!

Our faith continues to grow daily by inches. Let me say that I’m so proud of my wife to see her when the buffer is gone look away in faith from God’s providing hand in order to more clearly see His face. She is becoming a home schooling tornado and a woman of real and passionate faith – Praise you Lord!

I’m getting positive feedback on my writing and pray God will allow it to continue until it will cover the cost of our basic needs. Until then, I’ve been looking for work in new and adventurous ways that are so un-corporate and fresh. I’m tired of the corporate world and honestly so glad God has not asked me to go back there, in spite of our tremendous need. Yesterday I applied to be a pest control guy – that would the coolest thing ever! Let’s just wait and see what Jehova-Jireh does in all of our lives when we live a life of faith instead of desire!!

Be encouraged and begin looking harder at your prayers to see if they are filled with faith or left empty by desire. God bless you!!!

Please alert me if I can be of any encouragement to you!

Kevin

Wakeupmyfaith@att.net

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About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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16 Responses to Day 5, A dump truck of desire will not move God, but a pinch of faith will!

  1. Julie Poteet says:

    I really enjoyed this one! I love ya and am praying for all of you. I know that you will be a blessing to whomever hires you and it’s my prayer as well that your writing gets noticed and pays your bills. It is such an encouragement/blessing to me as I know it is to others as well.

  2. Sam Peebles says:

    I would like to add something, desire without faith leads to despair. Faith, however, leads squarely to God. No matter how much desire we have, we can’t will an end result. Remember, God is the God of the impossible, the One who makes the lame walk and the blind see, as noted in the above scripture. I personally am going to continue down this journey of following a God whom I can not put into human terms, but who makes it clear that nothing can seperate us from His Love, and that all things are possible. However never forget that all things are possible only through Christ, again we alone can do nothing. As Kevin has mentioned here, lets grow our faith, be real, and decide to learn more about ourselves and continue to give up ourselves and be filled by the Spirit. Thanks Kevin for these truly Godly thoughts.

    • Jamie Reeder says:

      Kevin,
      Thanks so much for digging down in your heart and sharing what God is doing in your life.

      I do want to add something though. Hebrews says that we must believe Him, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. God is the object of our faith, not what God can do for us. Seeking Him comes first before anything else. I can desire various good things , and I can even believe that God can do them…. but if I’m not seeking Him first (and the verb seek means to look hard for something) then my motives and desires will be “skewed” because my focus has drifted from God to things. And in so doing, I have somehow managed to place things above Him.

      On the flip side of that, though…. we do have to use our faith, and develop our faith. Because (as you and Sam have said previously) doing something or trying to make something happen in our own time and our own strength will lead us to despair.

      Hang in there, Kevin. God has great things in store for you!

      • Kevin Adams says:

        Excellant Jamie – thank you so much for that balanced insight. I agree 100% that Matthew 6:33 is the mandate by which we must live. Thanks for the encouraging comments!! Please continue to share your thoughts here we need em!! Blessings to you!

  3. Laura says:

    Wow, and again, wow. Yes, I know. Very eloquent of me. This having been said, I need to say thank you. Clearly I do not know you from Adam. But, in reading this blog post, I am floored by your passion and the reality of it all. This is the first time to your blog, and I am thrilled to have landed here. This is the first blog post I have read of yours, and I now find myself wanting, no needing, to go back in time and read more. So, I will go do that momentarily. What also strikes me as necessary to keep saying is thank you. You cannot begin to imagine how much this “message” is exactly what I needed to hear. I “know” all about all the things you mentioned, but so often, we lose track of reality – even if just briefly – and the results can be quite damaging. I just sit here shaking my head at the amazing love our God has for us. He takes an unknown (to me at least) blog author to speak His truths in such a way that it touches another heart. That, is God’s hand actively at work. I am sorry for having gotten off track in actually replying TO your blog post. I just wanted to let you know that I am happy to have stumbled by, and am grateful for the message when I did.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Laura, Thank you so much for the encouraging words! God is truly sovreign and at work in the lives of His people. I’m just starting this journey and very few have seen the posts. I do feel in my heart that it is something He is leading. This is a journey not just for me, but many of us who love the Lord but have forgotten how much He truly loves us. I praise Him that He brought you to the blog and that we have both been encouraged by it. Please come back and share anything God puts on your heart. Your words may speak to more than you know! Today, your words have spoken encouragement over me and my family!
      I praise Him for bringing you today!
      Blessings
      Kevin

      • Laura says:

        Thanks, Kevin, for letting me know that. It did make me smile. I am glad anything I say / write can encourage another. I can’t echo enough that His love is amazing. With that said, I’m glad then, that I have stumbled on your blog near the beginning of these writings. I was unable to go back yesterday and read days 1-4, but that is next. I can see God is moving in your lives, and I am blessed to be able to hear that in your words. Thank you again for being real, an for having a passion for our God. I feel He will touch and bless you as a result of your making a concious decision to follow Him and share that with others. (I just felt the need to “tell you” that, so hopefully it does mean something to you.) God is faithful, and you (as are all of us) are in the palm of His hand. Okay, I’m done. I’ll stop trying to hijack your blog comments! haha

      • Kevin Adams says:

        Thanks Laura – keep them coming as the Lord leads you – it means alot!
        PS: just sent you a follow on twitter – small world!!

  4. Brenda says:

    Kevin, Thank You for sharing such a personal journey. Your words arm amazing a definitely show that even in your darkest hour, to never lose HOPE, never lose faith because one thing that is always constant in our lives is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Brenda – you are amazingly kind! Jesus is our King and i’m so glad to have a sister like you who is willing to encourage. Please continue to share your thoughts and ideas with us as we continue the journey. Blessings!

  5. Jeanie Rose says:

    Love the whole post! But, what really caught my attention was your phrase “activate their faith”. It struck me that I can have a huge capacity for faith that has grown over the years. But if I do not activate it, it’s like money I’ve hidden in a mattress and never used. Gonna be watching that!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hi Jeanie, thanks for your good thoughts – i think you have taken it to a new level (money in the mattress) – love that idea! 🙂 God does just about everything but he leaves the willingness up to us. Thank you for be willing to share some time with your borther in Christ! Bless you – I look forward to hearing form you again soon.

  6. Never really considered the difference between desire and faith. This sort of makes me think about my “word” for the year. This year, instead of making a bunch of resolutions, it was suggested by a friend’s friend’s friend to just ask God for one word to focus on this year. Mine was ~aligned~. I’m sure there’s still so much for me to learn from this little word, but the initial impression I got was that I didn’t need to allow myself to get distracted by the enemy and all the little battles he brings my way. Because somehow I end up focusing on these little battles and I’m fighting it so hard that I somehow get off the mark a little ~ the battle becomes the focus instead of God. So basically no matter what happens, I continue to keep my spirit aligned with His and He will fight the battles on my behalf. He is a Mighty Warrior, no?

    I think that seems to be very much along the lines of what you are saying here. I really like the part where you mentioned your wife not looking so much at God’s providing hand, but rather on His face. We can trust that His hand will provide so we don’t need to concentrate there – whether it be for provision, protection, etc. – but keep our eyes on Him. Kinda like one of those “don’t look down” scenarios? Ha! Makes me think of a line from a favorite song of mine…

    “May my life be one unbroken gaze, fixed upon the beauty of Your face.”
    (Capitivated by Vicky Beeching)

    Love your writing…be seeing you around the blogsphere.

    J

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks J for making some truly meaningful comments. The difference between desire and faith was something God brought to my attention very sharply using those verses and it really changed my perception of real faith. I so appreciate your taking time to visit and can’t wait to hear from you again! Blessings my new friend in all the work of your hands – especially writing about our King!

  7. verawrites says:

    Good spiritual truth to chew on. Once again, your words stir my spirit to contemplation – especially these: Without the influence of the Holy Spirit, desire and faith can be easily confused with one another. The definition of desire is to wish, want crave, or to have a longing for. Alternatively, faith is defined in Hebrews as the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (NASV). Simply put… desire is “the want” and faith is the absolute expectation.

    I am prayerfully seeking to separate my wants from God’s purposeful blessings. Thank you, Kevin.

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