Knowing God Cares

Understanding Grace, Faith, and Foregiveness

New Book – A Question of Faith

Written By: Beverly Morrison-Wickwire

I am so excited to be realizing the call of God on my life to author a series of books and Bible studies. I have just completed and released my first book, A Question of Faith.

Below please find an excerpt from the book. Should its contents intrigue you or touch your heart in some way, I encourage you to download the full book. It’s only $3.99 and downloads in an easy to read  .pdf format.

Thank you for your interest, and please don’t hesitate to send your comments via the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Here’s the excerpt from A Question of Faith.

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A Question of Faith

A few years ago, I heard a song by Steve Green called The Refiner’s Fire. It was a reference to a refiner’s fire which is used when extracting all the blemishes and defects from metals in order to purify them. The song talked about how as Christians, we all have to walk through life’s challenges which God uses to refine our faith. I would play and sing the song when I felt like times were hard and my spirit would be lifted. Sometime later, God began dealing with me about writing a Bible study. When I use the phrase dealing with me, I mean that certain things would take place in my life, or in the life of someone I knew, that would call for an act of faith. I would give my usual spiritual response, well versed and well-practiced, and would follow that by “Eventually, I am going to write a Bible study on faith”. However, the thought never went any further for me until sometime in 2002. I can’t really say the things that started taking place, but I can say God used certain and specific events to get my attention. What I did not know was that He was preparing me to walk through fire in preparation for this study.

The next few years of my life would take me into the fire, and consequently, through the fire. When I started coming out the other side, I was burned. However, this was a burn of a different kind. This was a spiritual burn, the kind that comes from the Refiner’s fire that each and every Christian needs to go through at least one time in their life. Once we come out the other side, we are never the same. As a result of my journey through the fire, I experienced things with God that many people dream of, but do not actually believe will ever happen to them. It is not that they do not believe God is capable, it is that they do not believe these kinds of things happen all around them each and every day. Every time I tell my story of the events that led to this study, without fail I always get the same reactions. People want to know if these things really happened and what it was like to experience them. Then they start to make assumptions of why they would never reach this level of “spiritualism”, though they would love to. My story, told here in the following pages, is not from the life of someone we have placed high atop a spiritual plane. It is told just the way it happened, showing as has been shown so many times before, God can and will use the least of His children to accomplish His will.

This is a Bible study on faith that walks through the stages I went through as a child of God who was being taught much needed lessons in faith. As we look at my life experiences, I will parallel them with those in biblical history, and I will challenge you to examine the events of your own life. There will likely be times you will laugh out loud, times when you softly cry, and times when you stop and stare in wonder at the thought of God’s amazing faithfulness. You will see examples you never realized were there, lessons you never thought you would learn, and hope you never knew you would need. Most importantly, you will come to understand that God IS the Author and Sustainer of faith, and as our faith is strengthened, we will be able to walk boldly and confidently in any situation life throws at us. As we go through this study together, I challenge you to allow your heart to be opened to the things of God and to prayerfully consider delving deeper into the doctrinal teachings of faith. If you submit to this challenge, I promise you this one thing: Your life and the lives of those around you will forever be changed.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James 1:14-18 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

For the righteous shall live by faith

Well, if that doesn’t pose immediate questions, nothing will. When I look at that statement, the first questions I want answered are: Am I righteous? Just exactly who is righteous? Are there lots of righteous people? Next, I want to know if the righteous are the only ones who live by faith. And finally, if the righteous always live by faith, then what must I do to become righteous? Naturally, we would all like to assume we already are. After all, we are Christians and the two go hand-in-hand, right? Or do they? We also would like to assume that for the most part, we walk in faith and at the first inward glance of ourselves, I am sure it appears that we do. What happens, though, when we look deeper into our hearts and our faith is truly challenged? I am not talking about faith in whether or not there is a God. I think it is pretty safe to assume that all of us reading this have faith that God exists. What we are talking about here is a different level of faith. This faith is much like belief in the unseen, but it is accompanied by an act, or specific actions. I like to call this bold faith. Let’s take a look at two well-known biblical examples and how their lives and our righteousness compare.

Lesson I – The Picture of Faith – James 1:14-18 – Lord you gave me insight.

I remember the exact moment I finally decided it was time to write this Bible study. Oddly enough, I was sitting quietly trying not to think. My goal was to sit quietly and relax because, I was angry. The worst part was that I was angry at God. Because of my anger, I was venting to God about the never ending saga that fueled the Refiner’s fire in my life. Now, without getting into too much detail, this was one of those situations where the more I vented, the angrier I got, and the angrier I got, the more I vented. I was not crying, yelling or anything close. I had just taken a tone that was somewhat abrasive, sort of aloof, with a twist of desperation. And yes, I was complaining about what I did not understand and asking what in the world I was supposed to be doing. I was also demanding to know how in the world this was supposed to benefit me. This had gone on for a full ten minutes or so when suddenly – mid sentence – above the increasingly high volume I had achieved, I was abruptly surrounded by this statement: “Faith without works is dead.” It came out of nowhere and seemingly, from no one. Now, you would think I would be scared to death, right? But no, not me. I was still mad. I mean, God had been allowing me to go through some terrible times and I was trying to be a picture of faith. So since I was not happy, the very second I heard that statement, I came back with one of my own. In a very flustered tone I replied, “Yes, God, I know that! You don’t have to tell me that! I’ve been telling people that for years. So, what does that have to do with anything I am talking about?” See what I’m saying? I was mad, and I was not about to back down. Silly me. So, here is what happened next. Without one second’s hesitation in a very sharp and much more pointed tone (that means louder, by the way), there were those words again. “Faith without works is dead!” Notice the exclamation point? You have heard the expression “scared to death”. I now know how it feels. As I sat motionless in the deafening silence, as close to death as I could feel, the next softly whispered words I heard were, “Be still and know that I AM God.” As you can imagine, I was awed and dumbfounded along with a multitude of other emotions I cannot even begin to describe. I was still. Trust me. I realized God had very sharply and clearly spoken to me, and I was in the middle of a life-altering moment. What followed next was the epiphany. How great is that? “For I am not a God of confusion.” (1 Cor. 14:33) As I stopped mouthing and sat unmoving and silent, the gentle guidance of a loving God took control of the conversation. He opened my heart and showed me that in order to walk in bold faith you must have an act of faith. There has to be an action taken, otherwise there is no basis for faith. “So, God, what you are saying is that I have to actually start writing the Bible study and trust You to fulfill Your promise, not wait for the promise then be obedient to Your command.” Oh, who knew? You see, God had called me to write this study and had promised something in return. However, in my humanity, I was expecting the promise before the act or action; sort of like having the “cart before the horse”. Finally, for the first time, I knew exactly what I had to do. So, I got myself up, prepared for the day, and without any further delay or excuse, I began writing. Now, because of my obedience, the next few days of my life would be a nightmare. I remember coming to my poor sister-in-law, who had been placed in the position of “sounding board”, and apologizing for the previous eight hours and likely the next few that were coming. I told her that like Noah and Abraham, I had to be a picture of faith if I was going to be the instrument God used to perform this particular task. From that point on, I knew there would be continuous fights with Satan, but I knew I had God in my camp, or better yet, I was in God’s camp. As I readied myself for the battles that would be bitter and heartbreaking, I placed my trust in God, knowing that He had already given me the victory.




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