The other day when I was praying, I received a message about stretching my faith. I heard, “Stretch your faith. Stretch your faith so it reaches higher altitudes of hope. Stretch your faith so it gets into greater depths in the oceans of blessings. Stretch your faith so it is wide enough to touch miracles that are coming from every side.” I meditated on that message for some time and I thanked the Lord for it. God is so generous with His wisdom and His revelation. I took that message to heart. I had needed to hear that. I believe everyone needs to stretch their faith. Everyone needs to trust God more. We have to truly work on our faith and on our connection to God. Faith connects us to God. Faith gives us an understanding of God. Faith believes without the shadow of a doubt. Faith allows us to see what’s invisible to the naked eye. Faith gives us a different pair of eyes. Faith enables us to see God at work in our lives even when nothing seems to be happening. The more we stretch our faith, the more we see the impossible made possible. We have a God who can do all things. He can do the impossible but it can be very hard for us to see that and to even believe it.
Jesus said that He couldn’t perform many miracles where people didn’t believe. Lack of faith prevents us from experiencing miracles. If we stretch our faith, we stretch the experience of miracles. We stretch the muscles of great possibilities. God can do so much in our lives and He is waiting for us to stretch our arms of faith and grab the blessings and the great things He wants to do in our lives. A mustard seed of faith is all we need. We need that seed to be planted and to grow. How do we go about doing that? First we should plant the seed in the Word of God. We need to water the seed with the Scriptures every day. We should prayerfully read the Bible and let it feed our faith so that it can be stretched. There is so much we hear and see every day and all this information can either kill the seed or help the seed get bigger. I try to shut down the world first thing in the morning and spend time stretching my faith by feeding on the Word. I spend time in isolation with God every day. I don’t let anything negative enter that time of faith stretching. I love it. I need it. I won’t stop doing it. My faith grows when I pray. When I pray I listen to God and I talk to God. That amazing exchange helps my faith. I cherish my prayer time. It gives me a boost and it helps my faith.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”* Faith is a conviction. A conviction is a firmly held belief or opinion. To have a conviction is to have a firm belief, a belief that can’t be shaken. We all have some strong convictions. We strongly believe certain things that are true to us and that are normal to us. Here is a simple example. We believe that when we put the right key in our door and we turn it, the door will open. It is a conviction. We have no doubt. It is normal and it is expected. Our faith should be the same way. It should be as firm as the belief that the key will turn and the door will open. As we stretch our faith, we can get to a place where anything we ask in prayer, we believe we receive and it is as easy as the turning of the key. We believe that the door of blessings will open. We believe that the door of opportunities will open. We believe that God will open doors that no one can shut. Stretching our faith does open more doors and yields amazing blessings. Friend, work on stretching your faith. Spend time in the Word. Spend some isolated time with God. Pray, praise and be thankful every day. Your faith will reach higher altitudes and depths of blessings that seem impossible but that will be possible. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1*; Romans 10:17; Luke 1:37