~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Peter DeWitt. You can hear the whole sermon, The Process of Faith (part 2), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Faith’s trigger is the tongue. So, when you have faith welling up naturally, what do you do with it? You speak! But, before you just haul off and “fire,” I have found that “aiming my faith” is a very good practice. Let me explain . . .
The way it often works for me is that I will start feeling my faith stirred up AROUND a certain circumstance, need, or dream . . . perhaps a sickness that needs to go, or an emotional trauma that someone needs set free from, or an organizational dynamic that needs changed. Perhaps my faith is stirred to give a gift that would be lovely to give if I had the resources for it. When my faith is stirred, I have learned to pay attention to it – it is often spot on, but I have also learned I may NOT have landed yet on the exact final target for my faith in this situation. Because of this, I generally try to slow down my “aiming process” where possible – before releasing my faith – in order to clarify my “faith objective.”
I used to be so excited when my faith was stirred , that I would often jump in with both feet before I had clarified my “faith target.” There is no need for that sort of haste most of the time. In fact, if I have time in a given situation, I am now more frequently choosing to rest on what I am feeling my faith stirred about – in order to get a bit more clarity before releasing my faith. To be very practical, here are some examples of when I can slow down and when I may need to speed up my “faith aiming process”:
- Examples of situations in which I can most likely slow down
- Having a family conversation with my wife about a specific financial plan or purchase
- Making a strategic plan for a business
- Preparing a prophetic word for someone I know well and see often.
- Examples of situations in which I may need to move with some quickness
- Ministering to a person I met at a gas station (not likely to see them again)
- Handling a life-threatening situation (needs immediate breakthrough)
- Praying for a parking space or good deals at the grocery store (not that important)
Aiming our faith . . . that is, putting a target up for our faith . . . knowing what we are actually going to have faith for . . . is wise!
Jesus said you will not be heard because of your many words. Aiming your faith helps distill your prayers. David only carried 5 stones to take on his giant. Graham Cooke teaches on what he calls “crafted prayer” – a very similar concept taken to a level of excellence. Another example of the importance of aiming you faith is the last airplane fight in the movie Top Gun. In it, Tom Cruise and the other American pilot are in the heat of battle with the Russian planes and Tom Cruise fires one missile in haste – no hit. The next time, he waits for his RADAR to “lock on.” This time – the MIG went down! Lock on your missile before you fire.
Once you have the target for your faith in your crosshairs, your tongue is a ready trigger. When the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith, He told them to speak! (Luke 17:5-6). If you have a good lock on your target, firing becomes very high-percentage. Look at Jesus, He did not rush – in fact, even when someone was dead! He got the situation lined up in His sights, and then He spoke in faith. So, FAITH SPEAKS. And really effective faith AIMS, then speaks!