Many are about to cross an important threshold. It may feel like a breakthrough but it is really a key step in spiritual growth. It will manifest in an increased faith. For those who have tried to believe things we know to be true, we are about to become settled in them. An established confidence in ‘faith toward God’ is coming upon an entirely new company of Believers. It is an important stage in our journey.
Faith will Shift our Worship
Last week while worshiping at a conference, I suddenly became aware of the type of songs being sung. We were referencing all that God had done for us. While this is fine, what stood out to me was the tone permeating our worship – we were trying to encourage ourselves. The words of each song were reinforcing the fact that God was for us. This is a great truth but is not central to worship!
It was then the Spirit of God unveiled the secret torment of so many souls in the room. Many were fighting against a tide of accusation. They were wrestling against an uncertainty trying to disqualify and intimidate them. Later, burdened by the weight of the enemy’s torment against so many, the Holy Spirit revealed what was about to unfold. Many thousands were going to cross an invisible boundary into an overcoming level of faith.
Elements of doubt are extinguished at this particular crossroad. While that doubt has previously overshadowed everything from your worship and prayer, even limiting our expectations and dreams, it will be driven away as easily as you would a dog biting at your heels. Get ready to come into a new season of faith!
Established on a Critical Foundation
The writer of Hebrews refers to ‘faith toward God’ as a vital foundation. But he exhorts us to move past it. But you cannot move past what is not fully yours. It reads like this:
“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” – Hebrews 6:1-2
We are moving beyond these truths, not because they become irrelevant, but rather entrenched within us. They are a foundation! Once in place the rest of the building follows. Likewise, there is a whole other world awaiting those who become settled in these key truths. When they are fully set in our heart, we are not trying to hold on to them because they are ours. You know them, believe them and can no longer be shaken from them.
The Effect on Worship
The immediate effect of crossing this threshold will surface in our worship. We tend to spend a great deal of time extinguishing doubt and our songs reflect more of God’s love for us than our love for Him. They often focus on who we are more than who He is. This is not wrong but reflects the level of our faith.
Unfortunately, it positions us more as receivers than givers. And as we know, “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). This new plateau of faith will dramatically cut the need to encourage ourselves. We will know we are God’s beloved in a consistent stable way. We will be free to give worship from an entirely new place.
There comes a point where we cease to question God’s love and find the peace found in a mature faith. It is not a dream but an increasing state of being. We become comfortable with God’s good intent toward us and the heart no longer strives for a sense of God’s favor. It is settled! We now are sure we are God’s beloved.
Subsequent revelations of our weakness or failure does nothing to shake that confidence. This kind of confidence is about to fall on a remarkable number of people. It will greatly augment our desire for Him and our ability to access His presence.
In the months afterward, the effect of this doubt will become clearer. Once the black hole of spiritual insecurity has fully lifted we will realize how much it affected us. The weight which has burdened so many is about to be lifted. So get ready…because doubt is about to be inundated by a great weight of Kingdom glory.