What do you mean? Ohh Ohh Ohh When you nod your head yes but you wanna say no, What do you drink? Hey yeah!! (Sorry)
I mean… what if faith was a bar you could go to where the drinks have been paid for by the host and all you do is bask in the awesome taste and the relief that the bill is covered? (Sounds good?)
What then would you drink?
Beer?, Wine?, Champagne?, Whisky?, Diet Coke?, Vodka?, Orange Juice?, Cider? Bottled Water? Something else?
Hahaha You’re so indecisive of what I’m saying, Trying to catch the beat, make up your heart… l really wanna knowww.. What would you drink?
Anyway, moving on from Justin Biebers’ lyrics… I bet you would at least drink something, something you want, l bet you would drink like a boss and try those drinks you wouldn’t normally spend money on. Maybe even try drinks you can’t afford to spend money on.
Before you get mad at me for comparing faith with an open bar? Think about it…
We get to access faith freely, and by this faith we believe for the things we want to see.
You can believe for as much as you want or as less as you can.
But what really is faith?
Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (NIV)
From this we see two powerful words… first, confidence.
Faith is confidence. With our open bar example in mind, you can only drink as much as you are confident to ask for. If you are timid or to shy to ask for what you want, even though the bar is fully stocked, you will remain unserved. What is holding you back from placing your order? What is holding your confidence back from asking Jesus for what you want?
Faith is in your reach, do not be too shy to ask Jesus for what you want, that’s why he paid for it in the first place.
Second word is… assurance.
Faith is assurance. The confidence or certainty in one’s abilities. Where is your certainty based? Is it in the circumstances around you, your performance or the promises that Jesus has made? Circumstances can always change and it’s not about your performance but no matter your situation, Jesus will always keep his word. Because…
God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)
When you root your assurance in the promises Jesus has made to you, your confidence to believe for the impossible should be solid. Because… guess what?
Even when the drinks are out, Jesus will turn water into wine.
So why are you afraid to ask?
I compared faith with a bar, but listen!!! Faith is so much more powerful than what you can imagine. If you are reading this now… I can bet that you already have a plan for the next couple of days or even weeks…
You will probably have some work to do, or things you have planned to do. But if l may ask you…Where do you get the confidence to make plans for tomorrow when you have no proof of tomorrow?
It’s only by the natural faith that you have within yourself that you have confidence you will see tomorrow so you go ahead and make plans. So know this…Faith is not far off, you already have it, you just need to activate it’s full power.
If you can believe for tomorrow, you can believe for the impossible.
Because for both of them, you need faith to see them. What is your impossible that you need to believe for?
Back to our open bar, your tomorrow is like the orange juice, so easy to ask for and your impossible is like that drink you can’t afford to pay for but you can drink because it’s an open bar. So, are you just going to look at it and walk away, or you will find the boldness to ask for it? Remember… It’s paid for.
Welcome to the faith bar… What do you drink?