When it comes to faith, instead of venturing out into the deep waters of faith, crazy faith—a faith full of adventure, joy, satisfaction, and experiencing the best God has to offer, most Christ-followers settle for “safe faith,” merely splashing around in the shallow waters of faith where they feel safe. Maybe you are one who attends church regularly, serves on a ministry team, participates in a small group, and works hard to avoid areas of temptation, and even prays sometimes; however, when it comes to faith you are headed nowhere. You say, “I believe,” but when you find yourself in a situation that has the potential to stretch and grow your faith does fear kick in and hold you hostage in familiar/safe territory? When you learn to see God’s abilities instead of your inadequacies, you can develop crazy faith. You can begin to set aside your doubts and fears and venture out of the shallow waters and begin to believe that with God anything and everything is possible.
Scriptures – Mark 9:23; Ephesians 1:18-20; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 7:18; Philippians 2:13; Psalm 6:2-3; Isaiah 40:28-31; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Matthew 9:29; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 14:29-31
Verses – “All things are possible for the one who has faith.” (Mk 9:23) I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that he has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious. And you will know that God’s power is very great for us who believe. It is the same as the mighty power he used to raise Christ from death and put him at his right side in the heavenly places.” (Ep 1:18-20) “According to your faith, let it be done to you.” (Mt 9:29) The scripture says, “I spoke because I believed.” In the same spirit of faith we also speak because we believe. (2 Co 4:13)
Thought – God’s power is not automatic. Growing crazy faith will require that you do a few things. 1) Admit that you lack the power to handle things on your own. Don’t spend all your time and energy trying to keep from being overwhelmed. Admit your limitations. 2) Believe in faith. Don’t limit God’s power by your low expectations. God works according to your faith. Since God has unlimited power and resources, there’s no problem too big for God. The real issue is your faith and what you are willing to believe God can do. 3) Speak in faith. You must verbalize your faith. Announce what you are believing God will do! The size of your goal is determined by the size of your God. Consider what you are saying about your problem. Speak life-giving words. If you say you believe God will perform a miracle in your marriage, your job, health, finances, whatever, don’t short-circuit your faith with negative words. Keep your eye on the goal. When Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on water to Jesus, he did just fine until he took his eyes off Jesus. When he started looking at the waves around him, he started to sink. Keep your eyes on Jesus and step out in crazy faith! Nothing is impossible with God.
Questions – Have you experienced crazy faith? What has grown your faith? Has anything quashed your faith? Do you easily trust God to do the impossible, or do you tend to doubt? Do you believe God can do anything but question whether he will? How do you deal with expectant faith that does not produce the response you believed for? Share a faith story (your own or someone else’s) that has made an impression on you.
Response – Write down what you are expecting from God. Pray each day. Keep a record of how God works in the situation. Speak positive words about your expectations!
Prayer – Mighty God, you hold the world and stars in place. Forgive me for clinging to my own power instead of fully relying on you. Help me to step out in faith believing for the impossible, trusting your power, and experiencing crazy faith that moves mountains. Thank you for placing your great potential within me as a child of God. Please do more than I can ask or imagine in and through my life. In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.