All It Takes is Faith

Dr. Charles S. Mims By Dr. Charles S. Mims, 7th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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All it takes is a little bit of faith. Really. That’s all it takes. It just takes a little bit of faith. It seems simplistic to people of the world, but it truly is not. In fact, faith is terribly complex.

Faith in God

All It Takes is Faith
10And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
12Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
13And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
14Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:10-14)

A man fell off a cliff, but managed to grab a tree limb on the way down. The following conversation ensued:
"Is anyone up there?"
"I am here. I am the Lord. Do you believe me?"
"Yes, Lord, I believe. I really believe, but I can't hang on much longer."
"That's all right, if you really believe you have nothing to worry about. I will save you. Just let go of the branch."
A moment of pause, then: "Is anyone else up there?"

All it takes is a little bit of faith. Really. That’s all it takes. It just takes a little bit of faith. It seems simplistic to people of the world, but it truly is not. In fact, faith is terribly complex.

Naaman was at the height of his career, having reached the pinnacle of power for a military man. Yet Naaman’s natural body was betraying him, turning him into a powerless shell of the man he was perceived to be. When everything is going great we, like Naaman, have no need for God, but there comes a time when we need God.
Naaman needed God. Like Naaman, we need God as well. We don’t need more wealth, greater status, or other material things. What we need is more of God.

George Foreman was a two-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world. At age 45, he became the oldest man in the world to win the title. In his book, God in My Corner, he writes:

When I climbed in the ring during my comeback, the announcers often introduced me as “the former heavyweight champion of the world.” As they introduced me, I’d mumble to myself, “And the next heavyweight champion of the world.”

How could I ever win the title if I didn’t believe that I could? If you have a great dream you are attempting to fulfill in your life, you’ve got to believe it can happen before you can actually do it. I wasn’t trying to be proud. I simply believed what God had promised me—that I would regain the title. (George Foreman, God In My Corner, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007, p.135)

God provided a way for Naaman, a strange, simplistic, and ritualistic way for Naaman to become clean. He could have easily scoffed at God’s prophet and dismissed him as an eccentric kook. He could have refused, and then he would have never been cleansed.
God does things different. God’s ways are surely different from ours. God simply told Naaman that if he wanted to be clean, then he needed to get into the water and wash. Just that simple. The worst thing we can do is walk out on God before we see His way through.

God’s way is faith. What is standing in your way? Do you have a physical problem, or maybe financial problems? Do you have unresolved hurt in your life? It doesn’t matter what your problem is, the answer is always the same. The answer is faith.


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Charles Mims has been the pastor at South Peninsula Baptist Church in the heart of Daytona Beach for fifteen years.

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author avatar Tony Samuel
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Today I was studying about faith. Your notes are great. We only need "small" faith to move "big" mountain.

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