This morning I was pondering faith. I instantly saw in my mind’s eye a flat tire. I saw a person staring at the flat tire and hoping that it would become repaired. They were sincere in their hope and really wanted the tire to be repaired. God showed me that often this is how we approach things. We have something in our life which is broken down. Maybe it’s a sickness. Maybe it’s someone who is antagonizing us. We really want God to fix the situation. We pray to him and ask repeatably for him to intervene. We believe. Now flash back to the flat tire. I saw the person get into the trunk of the car and pull out a jack, tire iron and spare tire. They proceeded to jack up the car, take off the flat tire and replace it with the new tire. God showed me that when we have broken situations in our lives, He has given us the tools we need to make repairs. Here are just a few of the tools at our disposal:
II Corithians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
God tells us that life and death is in the power of our tongue. The words we speak have power to transform (repair) our situation. God also tells us that faith without works is dead. God has given us the tools we need, now it’s up to us to use them. The tools God has given us (His Word) are designed for every situation we will ever face in this life.- II Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.