We always need to renew our Faith just like we do our strength.  There’s no doubt that we have faith -each one of us with our own personal level.  However the question is if we really mean business to use it, because many times the main obstacle holding us back is fear.  I’m afraid of heights, however I’ve had to go through situations in life where I’ve had to overcome it.  Thank God my job doesn’t depend on it. I do however need to focus on overcoming these fears that could easily hinder me from taking on certain challenges that God brings my way.  The same thing happens in every area.  This is the earmark of champions:  To face and overcome the fears that stand in the way of their dreams.

After so many years in the wilderness, a generation willing to conquer the Promise Land rose up and we find God COMMANDING Joshua to be strong and of a good courage1.  He didn’t ask him to believe, because it was obvious that he already had the faith.  Even the people of Israel believed in the Promise of God going all the way back to Abraham.  However they hadn’t been able to conquer it, because they lacked the courage to fight for it.  Nonetheless, Joshua finally worked up the faith and the attitude to take up the challenge and do it!

Faith requires courage.  Be strong and courageous, have faith and then all you’ll need is the boldness to carry out your exploit!  Don’t let your fear betray your faith because your faith also needs to grow.  The faith you used to tell your girlfriend you loved her isn’t the same one you need for 10-15 years of marriage.  New faith is required for every new challenge in life.

Sometimes we make the mistake of just using our faith for difficult situations, but not to get out ahead and reach new heights.  For example, whenever they diagnose you with a grave illness or disease, you show great trust in God for Him to heal you, but once you’re in good health, many times you don’t use your faith to ask God to help you develop your body with greater energy and strength.  Don’t fall prey to believing that faith is only good to get us out of a ditch, because it’s also good to take us to the summit.  Raise the level of your faith up, because you’re only using it as a lifesaver and not as the most powerful weapon it is in life.  The Faith God’s given us isn’t just to get out of the wilderness, but it’s also designed to conquer our Promise Land.

In the Bible we see a story of a woman who persisted and didn’t stop until she got her miracle for her daughter 2.  When you read it, it would seem as if Jesus was denying the woman her request.  However what He was seeking was to challenge her faith, so it would rise up to the same level as her request.  We could also take it as if He was looking down on her, but it was the equivalent of a loving Father seeking the wellbeing of his children to the point, that He’ll sometimes confront them with difficult circumstances.  If you give your children everything on a silver platter, they’ll never mature, nor will they develop the necessary character to fight for what they want in life!

When the woman came to Jesus, her faith was at a lower level then her desire to see her daughter whole.  When a desire is bigger than the faith you have to achieve it, you actually draw farther from the answer because your focus is more on the problem than the solution.  Your feelings should never be greater than your faith.  This is why self-control is so vital for your faith to overcome your feelings or emotions in order to bring the breakthrough you have been wishing for. If you want healing, then set your focus on your health and not on your sickness.  Your faith has got to reach the level where you’re sure that you are whole.  But if you’re always feeling sorry for yourself, if your affliction and emotions get the better of you, it will end up choking your faith and never actually producing the fruit you’ve been longing for.  That’s what Jesus was seeking for in this Caananite woman, to increase and reinforce her faith so her miracle could take place.

He provoked her to seek and dominate her emotions.  In the face of a great problem, greater resolve is needed to overcome it.  The Canaanite woman could have felt offended and ignored when she heard the disciples asking Jesus to send her away, or when Jesus Himself turned her down.  But she knew deep in her heart, that if she wouldn’t let go, her daughter would be healed!  If she had let her feelings of rejections get the better of her, her faith would have died together with her daughter.  Don’t be letting your feelings choke your faith!

In the end, she showed Him that she was ready to receive her miracle because she knew her daughter would be healed if he would just give her the blessing that other people had wasted or taken for granted.  That very moment Jesus said, “Let it be done as you desire!”  No more resistance, her faith had reached the necessary level for her miracle.  He practically pushed her to the level of receiving it.

Strip away all that’s keeping your faith from growing and developing to its full potential. Understand that you’ll achieve everything you set your mind, to the level that you believe and take on those challenges.  The Canaanite woman had the boldness to go forth, she wasn’t intimidated and nothing was going to hold her back.  That should be your level of faith and persistence today. Don’t be afraid of asking God in Faith!  What should worry you is asking for too little, when He’s got so much in store for you!  CHALLENGE HIM WITH YOUR FAITH!!  Change your belief system so in turn your prayers to God will also change.  This will guarantee a shift in your results and your life as a whole.

 1 Joshua 1:6 says, “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.”

2 Matthew 25:22-29 says, “And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.  Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there.