Take a Crash Course—And Then Expect More
Be not conformed to
this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
– Romans 12:2
If you’re just getting started in the things of God, you may be
wondering exactly how you “jump into faith.” It’s simple. Romans 10:17
says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
When Ken and I first learned about the life of faith, we were so
hungry for it that we took a crash course in the Word of God. Day and
night, we listened to tapes of the preached Word.
In fact, for the biggest part of that first year, we hardly did
anything but read and study and listen to the Word of God. We were so
tired of being failures that we weren’t interested in anything else. Ken
was traveling at the time and I was staying home with the children. But
I was having revival all by myself!
I was in my own little world of God’s Word and faith. I spent all
my extra time in the Word and listening to tapes. One day I was hanging
clothes on the line to dry, thinking about what I’d been learning, when
the telephone rang. I ran inside to answer it but I was so caught up in
my excitement about the Word, that instead of saying “Hello,” I
accidentally said, “Hallelujah!” My well was overflowing.
You may think that’s extreme—but I recommend being extreme. I
recommend you so saturate yourself with the Word of God that there’s not
room in your thinking for unbelief, doubt and fear. Saturate your heart
until the Word naturally begins to flow out of your mouth. Let it
completely take over and renew your mind.
Then, when Satan lies to you and tells you that God is not
listening to your prayers, that you won’t receive your healing or get
that new job, don’t listen to him. Instead, begin to tell him about
God’s mercy. Tell him, “The Lord is good to all. He’s full of
compassion. His tender mercy is over all His works—and that includes me!
I’m one of God’s favorites!”
If you’ve been afraid to come to God with your needs...afraid to
expect His blessings to come your way, start meditating on His mercy
today. Spend some time thinking about the ocean of goodness He’s longing
to pour into your life. Then open the door of faith and let it in!
Take a crash course in His Word and let the blessings flow until
you’ve reached the limit of your expectations. Then expect more.
Experience the good life God has prepared for you!