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The Faith Response

Author: Creflo Dollar

Summary
When life throws us a challenge that requires a response, there are many ways
we can choose to respond. If we want a positive outcome, the response we give
in the middle of that challenge is important. How we respond determines what
happens next, and a faith response will always release supernatural
manifestation. We can base our response on the finished works of Jesus, Who
made available to us everything we will ever need for a godly life. If we do that,
then our faith takes what grace has already made available.

We see examples in both the Old and New Testaments of how to respond in
faith.
Abrahams faith was strong when God promised him a son. He did not stagger
in doubt, but believed and glorified God (Romans 4:19, 20).
To see manifestations, we must consider the promise more than the problem.
Worry stems from focusing on the situation more than Gods Word.
When Paul and Silas were in jail, they began praying and singing praises to God
at midnight, and the other prisoners heard them. Suddenly, an earthquake
shook the jails foundation. The prisoners were freed, but no one ran. The guard
prepared to kill himself, but Paul told him not to harm himself (Acts 16:25-28).
Paul and Silas were not ashamed to respond in faith, and their response caused
a supernatural manifestation.
The faithful Shunammite woman was not moved by the situation, but insisted
on believing in the promise.
She showed kindness to the prophet Elisha, and cared for him. God granted her
a son, who was born according to Elishas prophecy. After the boy had grown
up, he died, and the woman called for the man of God (2 Kings 4:8-22).
When her husband questioned why she did this, she responded and said, It
will be all right (2 Kings 4:23, AMP).

When she came to Elisha, she insisted all was well, but then confessed the boy
was dead. Elisha returned with the woman, went in to the boy, prayed, and the
child was revived (2 Kings 4:24-37).
When the crowds got hungry after Jesus had been preaching, He took the little
boys five loaves and two fishes, gave thanks, and gave the food to His
disciples to distribute. There was food for all, with plenty left over (John 6:1113).
Jesus used this as a lesson to teach us how to respond to lack and insufficiency.
The final outcome went from not enough to over and above.
Grace makes available what we can take by faith, and Jesus is Grace.
After Jesus preached to the people, the disciples got into a ship to sail to
Bethsaida, while He stayed behind to pray. Later that night, the sea became
rough. Jesus walked on the water to get to them, and they cried out in fear
when they saw Him. He told them not to fear. When He approached and the
wind stopped, they were amazed (Mark 6:45-52).
When Jesus said, Be not afraid, it was another lesson on how to respond to
fearful situations.
For us today, this means when we are in trouble, we must not give the usual,
expected response. Jesus tells us to Be of good cheer.
The knowledge of God brings increased grace and peace. Jesus has given us
everything pertaining to life and godliness. We have been given exceedingly
great and precious promises. By these promises, we partake of divine nature,
and escape the worlds corruption (2 Peter 1:2-4).
We must set our mind according to the Word, not according to the world.
God has already blessed us with all spiritual things through Christ (Ephesians
1:3).
When Jesus lives in us, we have inside of us all we need for a life pleasing to
God.
Jesus is the One by Whom we access this faith into grace. We can rejoice in
hope (Romans 5:2).
Just like when we use a fishing pole to catch fish already in the pond, our faith
in what grace has already done will hook us up to the manifestations.
Scripture References

Romans 4:19, 20
Mark 6:45-52
Acts 16:25-28
2 Peter 1:2-4
2 Kings 4:8-22, 24-37
Ephesians 1:3
2 Kings 4:23, AMP
Romans 5:2
John 6:11-13