“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) In Mark 11, Jesus sees a fig tree and goes over to get some fruit, but the tree has no fruit, so Jesus says to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” Now Jesus isn’t just randomly killing trees, but the fig tree represented the peace of God that comes by obeying all the law. Jesus instead brought us a new system where peace comes by faith in him. After cursing the tree Jesus just walks away, but nothing has happened yet. But the next day they happen by, and the disciples freak out because the tree has withered from the root. Now sometimes miracles happen right away with Jesus, but sometimes it happens over time. Jesus spoke, and even though it seemed like nothing happened, something had changed under the surface. Sometimes when you pray, it seems like nothing happens, but maybe under the surface it is happening. Maybe the job is already yours; they just haven’t called yet. Maybe the healing has already happened, but you still feel sick. Jesus walked away knowing it was done, even though He couldn’t see it. He was walking by faith and not by sight. That’s the faith walk.
In Acts 3 Peter and John happen by a man who couldn’t walk. Peter says to the man “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk,” and then he reaches down and picks him up, and the man begins jumping around, healed. When explaining what happened, Peter says that this man was healed “by faith in the name of Jesus and the faith that comes through Jesus.” Peter believed in Jesus, and having seen Jesus heal so many, his faith in Jesus spoke. We are all speaking by faith because our faith needs a voice. When we say, “We never have enough money” or “I’m not very smart,” we are speaking by faith. We say what we believe. Take inventory because this is producing in your life. Our Faith in Jesus is also designed to speak. Peter’s faith didn’t say to the man “you are a cripple.” It said, “Get up and walk.” He didn’t describe the problem, but he spoke to it and told it what to do. In the same way, let your faith in Jesus speak like Peter did—speak to the problem, and tell it what to do. Then watch God perform the impossible.
Psalms 52:8 says that we are like an olive tree planted in God’s House. A funny thing about the ancient olive tree—it doesn’t produce fruit until it’s fourth or fifth year. In many ways, this is similar to life. We get married, but the first few years can be tough. Sometimes that tree doesn’t produce the fruit you desire until the fourth of fifth year. Statistics show that most divorces happen between the fourth and sixth year, but if you can hold on until the fruit shows up, oh, it’s so worth it. It’s the same with a new job, a new business, or even attending a church. It may take a few years of faithfulness until we see fruit. Can we stay faithful through those dry years? Can we continue and remain committed? Too often people abandon their post saying, “Well that didn’t work at all.” But really, it was working; it was working under the surface, in the unseen, and the fruit wasn’t showing yet. If you stay committed just a bit longer, the fruit is on its way, but iff you quit, you have to go back to year number one. You see, you are like an olive tree, so stay planted.
So often Christians are fighting to get the blessing of God, you know, to earn it. But God has already given you the blessing—you don’t fight for the blessing, but the blessing is fighting for you. In Judges 4, Israel (lead by Barak) defeats a foreign army. Barak means “blessed.” You see the blessing fights for you. So the commander of the foreign army escapes, and there was an Israelite woman named Jael who had a treaty with this bad guy, so he ran to her for help. Now He’s a warrior, and she isn’t, so how will she ever defeat him? Sometimes the enemy we face seems too big. And we even think, if I can just defeat this enemy, well, God will bless me. But God has already blessed you! So Jael hides him in her tent and gives him some milk—but not just any milk—it’s promised land milk, and it represents the blessing of God. The milk puts him to sleep, and as he is sleeping Jael defeats him. It was the milk from the promised land, the blessing of God that won. So stop fighting for the blessing, and let the blessing fight for you.