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Open The Valve!
by Steve Countryman
6/01/2011 / Christian Living
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Matthew 17:20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. I have often asked God why my faith isn't big enough to allow His Holy Spirit to do the healings and the miraculous in and through me. Jesus said that if I had the faith as small as a mustard seed, which is one of the tiniest of all seeds, then I can tell the mountain to move and it would move. I believe that our measure of faith is bigger than a mustard seed but see what faith that size can do!
Recently while in my prayer closet revelation hit me. God is an emotional being and so is His Son Jesus. When Jesus was with His disciples He said to them several times "O ye of little faith". You know that Jesus had to be a little frustrated with His disciples over their lack of faith. Here they were walking, talking, eating and spending ALL of their time with Jesus night and day. They were His witnesses to all of the miracles, signs and wonders that He had performed. During that time Jesus was teaching them that they could do the same if they had the faith.
The transformation of Jesus' disciples came in the upper room when they received the Holy Spirit. That is when they were empowered by The Holy Spirit and they all learned how to release His awesome and miraculous power by and through their faith. They opened the valve! The vision I saw was a water faucet. You know that if you turn the valve on you will release the water, the flow. The action of you opening the valve is where faith is found. You first anticipate the flowing power of the Holy Spirit through the faucet and valve. Next is your expectation of what His Holy Spirit is about to do once you have released it by the opening of the valve. The Holy Spirit infuses you with His courage and boldness tied to your mustard seed sized faith which will cause you to step out in faith and open the valve! The valve of your faith has been shut off in the past due to your fears, doubts and those things that you have placed on God, limitations, conditions, restrictions, timing and the moving of His Spirit YOUR way. Because of your daily walk with the Lord you are now led by the Holy Spirit which allows His courage and boldness to rise up in you.
There are several reasons why Holy Spirit filled believers are not opening the valve. They are self-conscience afraid of what others will say, shy and bashful, quiet and timid or they doubt that it is of God or the timing is right or the place is wrong. Most Christians believe that healing, deliverance and salvation comes only through a church or church event. God manifests His mighty power more in the streets and in markets than in church. And one of the biggest reasons why believers don't open the valve is they are afraid that nothing will happen. That God will not show up. That they will look foolish in front of a crowd of one or many. So it comes down to lack of faith! For faith will overcome all doubt and fear. Doubt and fear are weapons that Satan uses to keep you from fulfilling God's destiny in and through you!
It is up to God to show up and work His wonders. It is not up to you! You are only required to be obedient and willing to the leading of His Holy Spirit, open the valve. Let the courage of the Holy Spirit flow through you daily. Pray this simple prayer Dear heavenly Father fill me today with the faith, courage and boldness of the Holy Spirit that will encourage the flowing of your mighty power in and through me today. Help me Lord to be determined to step out in faith once a day with courage and boldness that allows you God to show up and do the extraordinary and the outrageous through me. Take my mustard seed sized faith and tie it to your courage and boldness so I will open the valve and let your Holy Spirit power flow. In Jesus name I pray. Amen! I challenge you to open the valve that allows the flow of God's presence, power and authority in and through you to heal, deliver and bring salvation to the world. It is time to stand!
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