Did you know that God uses a very predictable process to build your character? You can call this process “The Six Phases of Faith.” If you don’t understand this process, you’ll get discouraged when problems arise. you’ll wonder “Why is this happening to me?” But, if you understand and cooperate with what God is doing in your life, your faith – like a muscle that is stretched, will develop great strength.
Phase 1 – A Dream
God gives you a dream…an idea, goal or ambition. Every great accomplishment first began as a God-given dream in someone’s mind.
“God is able to do far more than we would ever dar to ask or even dream of…infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes.” Ephesians 3:20
Phase 2 – A Decision
A dream is worthless until you decide to do something with it. For every 10 dreamers there is only one decision maker. This is the moment of truth where you decide to invest your time, money, energy and reputation and let go of security. If you want to walk on water…you know the rest!
“You must believe and not doubt…a double minded man in unstable in all he does.” James 1: 6 & 8
Phase 3 – Delay
There is ALWAYS a time lapse before your dream becomes a reality! God uses this waiting period to teach us to trust Him. Remember that a delay is not a denial. Maturity is understanding the difference between “no” and “not yet.” God says:
“Thesee things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day.” Habakkuk 2:3
Phase 4 – Difficulty
Now the problems start popping up. The two most common types: Critics & Circumstances Don’t worry. It’s all a part of God’s plan.
“At the present you may be temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials. This is no accident, it happens to prove your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold.” 1 Peter 1:6 & 7
Phase 5 – Dead End!
Your situation will deteriorate from difficult to IMPOSSIBLE! you are backed into a corner, you reach the end of your rope, and it looks hopeless. Congratulations! Youa re on the edge of a miracle! Trust God.
“At the time we were completely overwhelmed…in fact we told ourselves that this was the end. Yet, we now believe we had this sense of impending disaster so that we might learn to trust, not in ourselves, but in God.” II Corinthians 1:8 & 9
Phase 6 – Deliverance!
God provides a supernatural answer. Miraculously, things fall into place! God loves to turn disasters into miracles so you can see His greatness.
“I expect the Lord to deliver me once again so I will see His goodness to me.” Psalm 27:13