Unless that we understand as “born again” Christians that we are men and women of faith our growth and maturity cannot progress forward. This is one of the most important factors to keep in mind as a Christian.
Romans 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
In this message I want to share with you an important accepted truth that will help all of us to grow and mature in faith. This truth will help us to live in the realm of faith that God intends for us.
If I may, I would like to convey a very simple principle to you; “FAITH COMES IN CANS.”
II. THE THREE “CANS” OF FAITH.
I would like to break this down into three cans of faith. Before we can appropriate the kind of faith God desires for us we must know how to drink from these “cans”.
They are as follows:
- We must believe and understand that God can do anything and everything.
- Jesus can and will freely give to you that which you need.
- You can do all things through Christ.
Faith Can #1 – God Can Do Anything and Everything.
Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”
There is nothing that God cannot do. If you want to learn a big theological word it’s called omnipotent. I have heard atheists ask, “Can God make a stick with one end?” or “Can God make a rock He cannot lift?” Some of the arguments against omnipotence are plain silly and stupid. Since an all-powerful being will always be able to accomplish whatever He sets out to do, it is impossible for an all-powerful being to fail. The above atheistic argument is arguing that since God is all-powerful He can do anything – even fail. This is like saying that since God is all-powerful He can be not all-powerful. Obviously, this is absurd. An all-powerful being cannot fail. Therefore, God can create a rock of tremendous size, but, since He is all-powerful, He will always be able to lift it. The ability to fail is not a part of omnipotence. When one says that God is all-powerful, one means that God is able to accomplish all that He desires to do.
The atheist distorts the biblical definition of omnipotence in order to “prove” that God cannot exist. Contrary to their claims, omnipotence does not include the ability to do things that are, by definition, impossible. Neither does omnipotence include the ability to fail. By defining omnipotence as requiring one to have the ability to fail, atheists have defined omnipotence as being impossible. Of course, an omnipotent God would never fail.
These kinds of arguments are clearly illogical and even silly, although they are commonly used by inexperienced atheists. Most intelligent atheists (if there is such a thing, Psalm 14:1) have dropped these kinds of arguments long ago.
Job is a remarkable example of someone who has withstood the trials and hardships of life and faith and who came forth with a faith that was more precious than gold.
Job 42:2, “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.”
Moses was another person who believed in God’s ability to do anything and everything. Moses was a tremendous person of faith and victory and was responsible for leading God’s people out of the bondage of Egypt and slavery.
Deuteronomy 3:24, “O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?”
Just as Job and Moses, we too must believe and confess that God is able to do anything and everything. All of the great heroes of faith based their faith on what God was able to do. They knew that God could do anything and everything whenever He so chose.
Do you have this kind of belief in your heart. If so begin to drink from this can of faith and allow the faith of God to incite you to move forward in God in new ways.
Jonathan & his armor bearer.
A perfect example of what we can accomplish when we step out in faith on what we KNOW God CAN do can be found in the account of Jonathan and his armor bearer. Jonathan drank from his can of faith and accomplished a great victory for Israel. Do you think that Jonathan knew what God was capable of doing? Of course he did.
1 Samuel 14:6, “And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.”
Faith Can #2 – Jesus Can And Will Give You What You Need.
It is important for us to know that Jesus is on our side. He desires to give to us in a way that will produce great joy in our lives. But we must believe that Jesus can give to us whatever we have need of.
John 16:23, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
2 Peter 1:3, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
The blind men.
Matthew 9:28-29, “And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.”
As Jesus ministered to these two blind men here, there faith to receive was a result of the fact that they believed that Jesus was able to heal.
What are your needs today? Do you believe Jesus is able to meet them? If so, reach out and take a hold this can of faith and begin to drink wholeheartedly. Jesus is always more than willing to minister to us in whatever capacity is needed at the time. When you have an assurance of this, it causes you to drink from this particular can of faith and receive what is needed.
Faith Can #3 – You Can Do All Things Through Christ.
Now that we have an understanding that God can do anything and everything, and that Jesus desires to minister to us in faith by giving to us those things we have need of, we must also understand that we can do whatever He has commissioned us to do.
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
There must be action to our faith meaning that the faith that is in our heart should incite us to some kind of action that will produce the fruit of the can of faith we have been drinking from.
James 2:17-18, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Faith must have the “can do” effect.
Matthew 17:20, “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”
- 1. God CAN do anything!
- 2. Jesus CAN give you what you need.
- 3. You CAN do all things through Christ.
In order to drink from these CANS…all three of them require some sort of action. The action on your part is faith! If you want to WIN the VICTORY in your life…exercise faith in your life and have faith that God CAN do it!
What is it that you want to accomplish for God? …You can do it.
What is it that you want to do for your family? …You can do it.
What problem or bondage are you trying to overcome? …You can do it.
When we have a strong assurance that God is able to perform on our behalf in all of these areas our faith can really blossom forth and bring the desired fruit. What does it say on the can you are drinking from?