Barry Bennett is an instructor- Charis Bible College Colorado. He is a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, and has been serving the Lord since 1972. He and his wife, Betty Kay, have served on the mission field in Mexico, Guatemala, and in Chile, where they spent almost 12 years before returning to Texas in 2001.
There are two revelations that will determine the course of your life. If either of these two revelations are incomplete or incorrect, it will be impossible to walk in faith, and we know that without faith it is impossible to please Him (Heb. 11:6).
The two revelations that we must have are, 1) the goodness of God, and 2) what it means to have Christ in you.
I have found that the more I understand God’s goodness, the more I am in faith. Faith is a symptom of truly knowing Him. The more you know Him, the more you trust Him. I don’t have to “work up” faith. I know He is good, and His goodness is the foundation for my life.
Your faith and destiny will never go beyond your understanding of God’s nature, and His presence in your life. As long as God is mysterious and “out there somewhere,” you will struggle in life and never know what was possible.
Our lives are limited to our perception of God. You will only pursue that which you believe God wants you to have. If you are unsure that He wants to bless you, heal you, or prosper you, you won’t have faith for those blessings. So many struggle with receiving from God because they aren’t sure He is that good!
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Rom. 8:32)
We should all meditate on this verse for hours and days. It will change your heart and mind. Jesus asked blind Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). That same question is still “alive and active” today. You should be able to respond with certainty, knowing that He is that good, and that He has chosen to live in you!
Faith is not a subject to study, but an expression of absolute trust and confidence in the One who loves me, has died for me, and who now lives in me. Until you are convinced that He is for you, faith will be a struggle.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)