how is our faith promise supplied?
Does a Faith Promise always come in some dramatic,
unexpected manner? Do we make a Faith Promise and then just sit back and wait
to see what happens? Once in a while God does surprise us with a miracle, but
usually a Faith Promise does not come in a dramatic way. God’s miracle may come
as we cut back in some spending area that will enable us to have more to give,
or as a creative way that we can do something extra that will generate more
Based on experiences of many individuals and churches there
are three general ways God uses to supply a Faith Promise:
1.Reordering Priorities - By applying better principles of
stewardship and adjusting our priorities to reflect our desire to see the world
evangelized, we can generate money for reaching the world. This means
evaluating our lifestyles and finding more ways to decrease unnecessary
personal expenses, therefore freeing funds for missions. For example, we may
make a decision to eat out one less time per week.
2.Creative Ways - By creatively looking for opportunities we
can provide, or supplement, our Faith Promise. For example, a teenager might
make a Faith Promise and trust God to give her enough baby-sitting jobs to
enable her to keep her promise. Or, someone might have a garage sale to get rid
of unneeded items and generate enough extra money for their Faith Promise.
3. Unexpected Ways - From time to time, God will provide for
our Faith Promise in miraculous, dramatic ways. For example, an overlooked pay
raise is made retroactive, covering a Faith Promise made the previous month. Or
a stock suddenly jumps in price before the sale and the price jump is just
enough to cover the Faith Promise.