Faith & the Pygmalion Effect

While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.” (Luke 8:49)Strong Faith

This reminds me of the Pygmalion effect. In simplest terms it means that what we believe may eventually come to pass. For example, if I think I’m going to fail, in my heart I will have that tendency that eventuates to reality. To avoid any negative expectations, we must always expect the best.

The Bible defines faith as “the way we see things.” Faith is powerful and we need to use it correctly. What caught my eye in this passage is the misuse of faith. Here the people thought the girl was dead, but the Lord said do not fear; keep believing.

Likewise when we use our faith, we cannot use it in believing the worse.We need to use faith for good and for what’s best and we must keep believing and hoping in the Lord.

It’s easy in ministry to drag our faith and move into a ‘maintenance mode’ of routineness. If we think we’re status quo and not growing we will have a tendency in our hearts that will eventuate to reality. There are times when the Lord will speak to me quietly and say, “Wayne, that’s a misuse of your faith.” If we’re not careful, what we believe will come to pass.

Our future will be determined by the way we see it today. “As is thy faith, so shall it be done to you” (Matthew 8:13). We paint our future with drab grays and diluted colors but God wants us to paint with neon colors.

To cooperate with the Lord, write down things the Lord places on your heart. Ask yourself the most profound questions you can, and then ask God to give you the answer. The Lord will tell you. When God speaks to you, write down what He is saying, and start in faith by doing it. By thinking positively and believing that this is a new season in your life your future will begin to unfold. I like to define “vision” as believing in the best optimum picture of what the future will look like.

Can I encourage you to practice to apply your faith? Our faith is like any muscle, and it has to be exercised to grow strong. We have to feed it the things that will make it strong – through reading the Word daily, journaling daily and praying every day. If you’re serious about getting serious with God, then we must increase our faith by building towards our future.

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