Hebrews 11:32 message version
I could go on and on, but I've run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless— the world didn't deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.
Sometimes its so easy to talk about external faith but to fulfill and see the external things happen we need to have faith in ourselves first.
I want to talk to you about my man Timothy.
Young but gifted, Timothy had been assigned to lead the church at Ephesus—a church needing order in worship as well as doctrinal correction, plagued as it was by false teachers. Paul’s letter, likely written about a.d. 62–66, counseled the young man on matters of church leadership—from proper worship, to qualifications for overseers (elders) and deacons, to advice on confronting false teaching and how to treat various individuals within a congregation. Paul charged Timothy to live a life beyond reproach, giving believers a standard to emulate.
Timothy is given this huge leadership role of leading a mega church in Ephesus. Not only having the pressure of leading this mega church he also has to deal with false teaching.
I understand how Timothy could have felt. I knew God's power and had faith in the external like seeing people healed but when I was a teenager faith in myself wasn't that great.
You may feel the same, you may know the power and have faith to see people healed or to see people's walls come down to know Jesus but Jesus wants to use you to make those external things happen and if you don't have faith in yourself you may not experience what God has called you to.
God wants you to have faith in yourself. He has called you to live a life in faith. He wants you to follow the calling that he has given you.
I have seen so many people walk away from God who had huge callings but didn't have faith in themselves. I have seen future healing ministers, prophets, speakers, pastors, leaders, youth pastors walk away from their calling all because a lack of faith.
I held on to my dreams
How do we do this.
1. Know the Power
2 Timothy 1:7
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2. Remember your calling.
Timothy had been prayed for, he had been prophesied over and Paul was reminding him of this so that he wouldn't doubt himself as he entered this new role.
2 Timothy 1:6
And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze!
1 Timothy 4:14
And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.
If you have been prayed for before either at camp or at youth or even at church and God has given you a glimpse of what he has called you to, do not let go of that!
Because I got prayer for I saw a glimpse of my future and I didn't want anything else. I even remember my first message, it was about Josiah who was king at eight years old.
When you understand the power that God has inside you, you can release the faith that is in you and see the power of God move around you.