Every believer has faith but not every believer has the same level of faith. This lesson will teach how to increase your faith.
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Isaiah 26:3 (AMP)
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A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft and mushy. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardened egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its deep flavor and inhaled its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What's the point, mother?" Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin, outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water. "Which are you?" she asked her daughter. " I ask you the same question which are you? When faced with adversity how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?" The carrot even though it seems strong, when soaked in adversity wilts and loses it strength? Is that what happens to you when facing adversity? The egg in the beginning seems adaptable and flexible, but when heated becomes hard. Is that what happens to you when the heat gets turned up? The coffee bean on the other hand when it encounters the heat it actually changes the water - when the water heats the bean, it releases its fragrance and flavor. What's on the inside comes out! Are you like the coffee been? Like the bean when you encounter the heat of adversity do you respond with the fragrance of peace and faith. Does the greater one in you come out? Do you change the situation around you for the better? “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 How do you handle adversity? When things get hard and life becomes difficult do you rise above the storm like an eagle? Do you face it with a spirit of faith? 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us we are to walk by faith and not by sight. Real faith gets stronger through adversity. It becomes more resilient. It doesn't fall apart. It doesn't live by feeling. The spirit of God in you comes out and changes the circumstances. ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN? “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 Wake up and smell the coffee!