Focusing on someone else's flaws is always
easier than admitting our own, right? So,
let's talk about Peter. Peter was bold,
passionate, and often spoke beyond what he
was capable of or prepared to conquer. When
faith required an accompanying action to
match the loftiness of his affirmation; he still
didn't get it. On one such occasion, he was
called out on his faith when he began to walk
on the water to meet Jesus. He would soon
discover he tested false-positive for his faith.
I've Got Faith, I Think
During a storm on the sea, the disciples were
alone, attempting to control the ship against
the strong winds. When they were about
three miles out, they saw Jesus walking on
the water. Even though they witnessed Jesus
performing miracles, they did not believe it
was Him. Peter wanted proof and challenged
Jesus with, "If it's you, I'll be able walk on
Great faith comes with great displays
Peter knew that great faith comes with great
displays of faith. However, these types of
show-off antics can produce disastrous
results if you are not up to the task. He
almost makes it to where Jesus is until his
confidence deficit causes him to sink. Less
than a foot away, Peter calls to the Master.
Jesus stretches forth His hand to save him. At
times, we too can lose focus when we are a
hand's-breadth away from victory. Peter had
the right idea; he just wasn't ready to get out
of the boat.
Maybe Peter wasn't the only believer with
a False-Positive Faith Test.
A believer's Faith Test can have one of
1. True Negative Test Results: It's not
that you don't have any faith, just not
enough to register as a formidable
2. False-Positive Test Results: You
thought you had it; however, when
tested, you were unable to victoriously
overcome your trial.
3. False-Negative Test Results: Even
though the enemy attempts to convince
you otherwise, you have faith. Don't let
your circumstances discourage you.
Your faith only lacks an action to
accompany your affirmation.
4. True Positive Test Results: You have
a believer's faith, sourced in the
faithfulness of God. You speak and
operate with an expectation evidenced
by manifested proof. You intentionally
resist the inclination to work things
out on your own. Your inexplicable
reasoning to trust Him is the fuel
needed for positive results. Distance
yourself from time-driven expectations
and visualize your future. It may get a
little shaky but, stand firm. If you do,
you will be "Faith-Tested and Approved."
You may find yourself in one or all these
categories during your Christ-walk.
However, true positive faith will allow you to
withstand any storm in your life.
Living by His faith
We were never meant to be a walking
contradiction of terms. It is impossible for
faith and fear to occupy the same space at
the same time. When you are on the water in
the midst of your storm remember, bravery
to believe dissipates fear. In God's reply to
Habakkuk, he encourages us to remain
steadfast with this, "The believer lives by the
faith of God."
This Believer's Faith
One of the titles I wrote for this piece was,
"My Faith Tested False-Positive." I knew the
Lord wanted me to own it and be willing to
share my shortcomings for my failed faith
experiences. Releasing my dreams into the
atmosphere and neglecting to call those
words back in faith give me a false-positive. I
walk and sink as Peter did when I think about
the boisterous winds of my storm.Worse yet,
I don't even try to reach Jesus' outstretched hand.
My false-positive faith allows me talk a good
game. It also invites me to reside in fear
instead of rising to the occasion. I have made
a decision not to remain in false faith. The
way to achieve my goal is simple; I must see
myself as God sees me and believe it. If you
see yourself in any of this, join me in
practicing to form a habit to create a lifestyle of true positive faith.