Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”

Hebrews 11:30, By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

Mark 11:24, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

I am currently preaching a new series at Cottonwood Creek entitled “Building a Great Life.” This week’s focus is: One Key to Building a Great Life  is is to Build our Faith. In Mark 11:22, Jesus said, “Have faith in God!” Most of us know in our heads that we need to have faith in God, but  we are not sure how do to grow our faith?

Today’s suggestion for building your faith is:  Thank God before You Receive Your Answer.

The Bible says in Hebrews 11:30, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.” Most of us remember the story of Jericho. God promised the Israelites that He would give them the city of Jericho, but before He gave it to them He had them march around it for seven days. Let’s be honest, for them to march around that city for seven straight days, they had to believe that God was going to give it to them even before they received it. Maybe that is where you are today. You feel like God has promised you something, but you lack the faith to believe God and thank Him even before you receive. Another way we grow our faith is thanking God before we receive what He has promised.

Think about that and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D