By Janie Baer
Faith means to move on with an unqualified committal to the promise, selling out to it and making no plan B if things don’t work out. You have to make an unqualified committal with no plan B even after you prayed a prayer of faith. There is no plan B when you are walking in faith. Plan B is doubt because you are saying; “This may not work out so I will make this preparation just in case.”
You need to allow believing and faith to work together. Believing is an “unqualified committal”. That means you don’t have any backup plan and that means that if this thing you believe for doesn’t work out, then you are going to sink and look pretty goofy. But remember Jesus is with you all the way and He is merciful and will never leave you nor forsake you while you are in faith. So when you don’t make it is when you can call on Jesus and get back up and start walking once again in faith.
The bible says a righteous man falls seven times but he gets back up again. (Prov 24:16)
Jesus, your Example, made no plan B when He went to the graveside of Lazarus. He showed He was in faith when He spoke so that everyone could hear what He said, even if it meant that if this didn’t work then His ministry was ended.
It would be good for you to study people’s testimonies where they made an unqualified commitment and it worked out for them, because then you know it has to work out for you as well.
Abraham is a good example for you to study. The bible tells you,
Rom 4:17-21 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. KJV
Abraham became fully persuaded he had this son of promise, so he quit looking at his body at the age of one hundred and would not even consider that Sara could never have children. He knew God would perform the miracle he needed and that God had promised him.
God even changed Abraham’s name from Abram to Abraham, which meant, “Father of nations or Father of a multitude”. So every time after that, he had to introduce himself as Abraham, Father of nations or Father of a multitude. He subjected himself to some ridicule since in the natural that was not manifested as of yet. They may have even asked him, “Well, how many children do you have?”
But Abraham didn’t budge; he stayed committed to his faith that he was the father of nations.
God asked Abraham to sacrifice his promised son to Him. So Abraham took his promised son up on the mountain and prepared to offer him as a sacrifice to the Lord as He had asked Abraham. Now that is true commitment to faith in God!
Peter, Jesus’ disciple, was another example of unqualified committal when he walked on the water to Jesus. Peter stepped out of the boat and had no other alternative but to walk to Jesus.
David who was just a shepherd boy in his father’s field and not a trained soldier went to the front of Israel’s army, confronted the giant, Goliath, who defied the army of Israel for days and killed him.
Your faith will work for you when you make an unqualified committal to trust God clear to the end when you see the reality of His promise to you.