Why are you not able to take action in spite of all the motivation? Why haven’t you seen a miracle yet?
The Quest for Motivation & Inspiration
In today’s day and age, if we want to perform a task, or pursue a dream, or want to change our life circumstance or anything that we wish to accomplish, we first go in search of tips.
We search for great people who have accomplished what we wish to accomplish. We learn their tips. We learn that, if we imitate them and replicate what they did it may work for us too.
After learning all the tips and tricks in the book, we still don’t get to work because now, we need inspiration.
So we go in search of that.
After many Instagram motivational quotes, Youtube videos and Facebook inspo-moments later, we still find ourselves in a rut.
We are not moving forward.
Everything is still the same. That discourages us.
So we try again.
After many know-how’s and how-to’s from either online or offline sources we find ourselves stuck. But this time its worse, we feel overwhelmed.
There is too much information out there, too many people teaching, too many people giving tips, its an information overload and yet deep within us is a sorrow too hard to bear. Nothing changes. In fact, now, we are in more despair than ever.
Okay, now you may be thinking the point I’m coming to is, “get off your backs and get some work done”, rather than wasting time trying for motivation.
Well, not exactly.
Because motivation, inspiration and seeing and hearing the positive perspective of other people is always good. If there is this kind of information out there, it is put up by people with kind hearts who wish to help others. If something helped them or worked for them, they are willing to share it in order help and motivate others to do the same, which needs to be appreciated.
People’s talents and what they achieve needs to be appreciated. Their motivation is important to us in our journey and shows us that if they can do it, we can too.
All that is good.
Of course, wasting time doing nothing about your situation is not good but looking for tips and motivation to do the same and for taking action is not wrong.
So whats the point of this post?
What exactly is the point I want to drive home?
Well, I want to bring to your attention the very theme of this website, “Faith“!
How do you define faith in your own words? Ill say, believing that which you cannot see. Easy to define yet hard to implement.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1
So basically, breaking it down into points:
- Faith doesn’t see but it knows. It knows whatever the person who possesses it wished for or hopes for, is bound to happen.
- Faith is certain that it will happen regardless of the circumstance, or the situation or the impossibilities.
- Faith is when you don’t know the answer to when or how or why but you know the answers of only two questions- what and who. You know what you want and you know who can give that to you.
- Faith is not offended by the past, weakened by the present or scared of the future.
- Faith puts all efforts into acting now, in the present, with joy and a child like spirit.
- Faith doesn’t have an if. What if it works? what if I am wasting my time? what if all my hard work is in vain?
- Faith knows what it is doing now is worthwhile; the past doesn’t matter, the hurt doesn’t matter, the fear doesn’t matter, it works ‘knowing‘ what the future brings.
- Faith doesn’t see the future visually; but, it sees very clearly, very distinctly in the minds eye, so clearly that it feels actually real! So clearly visible, that it feels as if it is seeing with bare eyes.
Faith doesn’t follow any written down steps or logic. Faith doesn’t need explanation. Faith does not need proof. Faith doesn’t even need facts.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. – Hebrews 11:3
But faith has a weakness.
It relies on God’s power. It only knows God. It understands God’s glory. It speaks only one language “GOD“.
Understanding the language of Faith
If we know who God is, then we know that His power is immeasurable and His grace is unlimited.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. – 1Corinthians 4:20
His deeds are miraculous and extraordinary. He doesn’t work according to human logic or understanding. (Two of the many powerful references from the top of my mind: God splitting the red sea, Jesus bringing the dead Lazarus back to life).
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9
God cannot be limited to our knowledge of possibilities. He is infinite, sovereign, supreme and nothing, that’s right, ‘NOTHING’ is impossible for Him.
For nothing will be impossible with God. – Luke 1:37
This is the God that faith relies on.
Faith speaks God. Faith listens to God. Faith reads God’s heart. Faith sees God’s hand. Faith knows God. Faith only knows God. Faith cares only about Gods plan. Faith is not shaken by the circumstances surrounding it. Faith doesn’t care about whatever situation maybe holding it from receiving what it truly hopes for. Faith believes it already received what it wishes for.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.- Mark 11:24
So friends, what I am trying to tell you is, you know what you want, you know how to get there, you have had the motivation, inspiration and live examples in front you, you know it all, yet, you are not able to take action because your faith is not strong enough. Even though you know how to get there and you know what worked for others, yet you are worried if it all will work out well for you.
You are fearing the uncertain.
Yes, whether you admit or not whether you like it or not let me break this out to you, you lack faith and when you lack faith, you lack confidence; and when you lack confidence, you fear; when you fear, you feel overwhelmed; when you are overwhelmed, you get worried. When you are worried, you don’t get any work done because worry leads to inaction. That’s why you haven’t gotten any work done.
That is why the motivation and inspiration you see and read about eventually wears out on you.
That is why a miracle hasn’t taken place in your life yet.
So how can you make it work?
Before I tell you how to make it work, let’s take a look at a person in the Bible who was not only granted with what He asked for, but was also acclaimed for his faith as well.
Remember the Roman centurion who wanted his servant healed?
Lets take a look at his story:
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
– Matthew 8: 5- 10 (Source: biblegateway.com)
Even Jesus was himself amazed at his faith; which means, the centurion did not follow any written down steps or refer to Jesus’ past strategies of healing before he approached Jesus with his request.
That truly is amazing!
I mean, c’mon think about it!
Lets put ourselves in the centurion’s shoes:
Imagine you are the Roman centurion; a man of authority, a man with servants under him. A man who has people to carry out tasks for him at his beck and call. For you to even consider going to Jesus (a man who you heard people say performs miracles) for the healing of your servant, is itself humbling.
Now, first, before you even decide to go to this certain man called ‘Jesus’, you will first study about Him.
Who is he?
Where is he from?
What has he done in order for you to consider wasting your precious time to meet him?
Now, who he is and where he is from may put you off a little bit because he is just a carpenters son who used to help his dad. He is from small town called Nazareth in Galilee. So, where He comes from and who He is will not play very well when you think of wanting to meet Him.
Now, based on what He has done – well, He has a good record in the miracles-performing section, so yes, that is something worthwhile! So you decide to go for Him.
But now, you need to research how exactly to approach Him?
How to win His approval?
How exactly is His style?
Does He touch people?
Does He close his eyes and wave His hands?
Does He come over to the person in order to meet the person so that He can place his hand on whoever needs healing?
Does He heal everyone regardless of who they are and what they have done?
What exactly is his healing style so you can confront him and be ready accordingly.
That’s what we do friends. Too much time researching and too little effort in believing in the impossible.
Instead what did the centurion do?
The Actual Scenario:
The centurion recognized who exactly Jesus is . Not whose son and where He was born instead who He really is, for the centurion addresses Jesus as “Lord”. Imagine a man of authority like Him regarding a man in that manner.
When Jesus asked him, “Shall I come and heal him”, the most natural and immediate response by anyone for sure would be, “yes please do” and even if he said yes, Jesus would still go to his home instead the centurion responded in a very surprising manner probably even unheard of. Everyone used to come to Jesus for healing or have themselves touched by Him or Jesus used to go over to their houses.
But, the centurion first humbled himself and told Jesus that he was not even worthy to have Jesus in his home. He regarded Jesus’ superiority, power and glory.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up – James 4:10
Recognizing Jesus for who He is and what He is capable of doing, the centurion solely relied on how vast he imagined the extent of Jesus’ power to be.
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” – Matthew 8:8-9
Now I want you carefully observe this.
- He believed that Jesus is able.
- Not only is He able but He is able to do “anything” regardless of time and place and situation and gravity of the issue, Jesus is able to do anything.
- He believed that Jesus really did not need to come over and see his servant’s situation. He believed more than Jesus’ presence, His word/command was enough.
- Not only did He believe this but He also expected Jesus to do exactly that.
This amazed Jesus and He was pleased by His faith.
Here are some questions to consider:
- Does your faith amaze Jesus?
- Do you picture Jesus to do exactly what you imagine or wish He would do so your situation would be better? (Trust me, He can do much more than what you can even think of, so don’t limit Him)
- Instead of complaining and performing self analysis do you rely completely on Jesus’ power and capabilities?
- The centurion believed in an all knowing Jesus whose physical presence or touch was not required and whose word was powerful.
- Jesus’ acknowledgement and willingness to help his servant was enough.
That was how he viewed Jesus. That was who Jesus was to him. That was what he expected out of Jesus. Hence, that is what he received.
Dear friend who is Jesus to you?
How do you view Him?
Can He help you?
What do you think He is capable of doing in your life?
What do you expect out of Him? Are you limiting His powers based on your limited understanding of miracles?
Do you believe His word is enough?
Do you believe His willingness is enough? His acknowledgement of your situation is enough?
You may ask..
Then why aren’t my prayers being heard or requests being granted immediately?
God has his own reasons as to why He delays.
Maybe He is enriching your faith while He keeps you waiting.
Maybe He is testing you to teach you patience, resilience and persistence.
Maybe He is equipping you with virtues so that once you do receive what you asked for by then you will see new found purpose and meaning in your life to carry out whatever you asked for.
Maybe you will be a testimony to to others giving them hope and encouragement.
The reasons can be many but they are different to different people.
How do you find out?
That’s simple. Just ask Him.
Ask him He will tell . Speak to Him, you will hear Him.
Like Samuel acknowledge Him and ask Him to speak to you.
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” – 1Samuel 3:10b
Until you ask, you can only keep guessing or complaining or self-pitying and that only furthers your frustration and that is not what God wants from you.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. – John 16:24
But after you ask, wait patiently for His answer.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him – Psalms 37:7
Trust me, He will reveal it to you. Not only will He reveal it to you, He will tell you what steps to exactly take so He delivers you from your situation. He will tell you what virtues He wishes to build in your life.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. – Psalm 32:8
But in order to do anything in life i.e set out for a new business venture, a new career path, accepting a change (marriage, new job, new country) or to receive anything in life such as healing from sickness, blessings such as material wealth, parenthood, finding your spouse, whatever your need may be, you first need to have faith.
Faith that outsmarts any and all circumstances, faith that thrives against all odds. With faith you can achieve anything and everything whatever it may be, however impossible it may seem.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. – Matthew 21:22
When you look at your situation and call it impossible, you are actually considering that it is not possible by God because you are not acknowledging Him for who He really is and what He is capable of doing.
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” – John 11:40
When you lose hope you are not identifying who created you and what His kingdom is like. There is hope in God’s kingdom. There are miracles in His kingdom. Accept this first.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
Summing it up
Here are some actionable steps you can take based on the deduction of faith (the faith of the Roman centurion) that amazed Jesus Himself:
- Realize who Jesus is. Jesus is mighty and able to give you anything you ask for.
- Imagine the impossible (you don’t need to know or care about the how) and then believe that Jesus can do it for you.
- Demand Jesus to perform the miracle for you since you know He is capable of that and much more but have patience and pray persistently.
- Talk to Jesus about your problems like you would to a friend and then ask Him to help you but expect Him to answer you.
- Hold on to real life positive scenarios and expect Christ to behave similarly (Like how the centurion expected him to command the sickness to leave, just as he commands his officers below him)
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.- Philippians 4:19
But what if i don’t have that kind of faith?
Firstly, don’t fret.
When you lack faith, fret not because Jesus Himself will help you build your faith as He is the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. – Hebrews 12:1b – 2
So if you lack faith, again, talk to Him and ask Him to help you with that.
Remember, faith is not produced from human efforts so don’t focus on trying to build your faith on your own instead ask Jesus to help you.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5
Like the centurion you just need to know two things- what your problem is and who is mighty enough to help you with that.
The centurion expected Jesus to just say a word to solve His problem. That’s what the Jesus he believes is capable of doing.
So now I want to ask you a question:
What is the Jesus you believe in capable of doing in your life?
You can leave your answer in the comments below.
Prayers, Hope & Love,