Hello there! I am so grateful for you all and for your readership. Writing for God is one of my favorite things to do, and it’s one of those things that in order to do it you must have a clear mind and time! Lots of time! Each Time I get a reply from one of you, or I am encouraged.
Today I want to talk about faith. We spoke before about achieving myself and getting rid of things that do not help me to achieve myself. Now faith is what will help you get through circumstances even when it’s all going south. At the beginning of the year my husband and I stayed home for new years eve and prayed to God about what His vision for lives looked like this year. We wrote down things that we felt he had put in our hearts for us to fulfill this year. It was the first time we ever tried this and so far we are convinced we should do this every single year for the rest of our lives. We each had to choose a focus word, and my focus word for the year was “Faith”. We are currently at the end of June and for the past six months I have learned a couple of things through this focus word. I learned that faith needs to be backed up by four things, what we believe, our actions and our mouth! Lastly it is important to believe for things according to God’s will. Faith is such a beautiful topic and I am so excited to share this information with you all in a two part series. This first part we will speak on what we believe and matching our faith with our actions.
Let’s dive in shall we?
According to Webster’s dictionary, it defines faith as belief and trust in and loyalty to God. Well God’s definition is in the book of Hebrews chapter eleven is “faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Isn’t that different from the definition Merriam-Webster’s dictionary gave us? The dictionary states, it is having a belief system, and God states its an assurance of what we cannot see and hope for. Why did I choose faith as my focus word? Well I lacked faith, and had an abundance of fear instead. And I knew that in order for me to get the things I hoped for I needed to have faith. Faith that my good God would carry to completion everything He started up in me, as Philippians 1:6 states. The question is, do you believe that God can carry out what He said He would do? I didn’t, I had accepted Christ into my heart, but I believed others perception of me and whatever negative comment I heard.
The first thing I want to ask you is what are you believing? Are you believing the word? Or are you believing the worst. If faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see, what are YOU believing? It seems so simple, but some of us meaning ME tend to believe that impending doom is coming and we can often live on alert of what bad thing is going to happen next. So if you ask me what I was believing, I believed all the bad and never the good. How do I change what I believe? By getting in the Word of God the Bible. I’ve spoken so much on who and what you surround yourself with. And this is so important because you can’t believe the worst unless you are infected some way with the worst. Whatever or whomever you are listening to is what you’ll believe? I had an epiphany when I found this verse in Romans 10:17, that tells me that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” If I am not hearing the word of God, in the word of God or have people around me whom feed me the word of God, then I am definitely hearing the wrong things. And so I begin to believe the wrong things. If you lack faith then your solution is to turn to the word of God. There are countless times in the Bible where hearing and meditating on His word, bring forth much fruit. If you want to change what you believe you need to change what you hear, and what you are inserting into your heart and mind.
Believing is just one part of faith. If you are hoping for something then you must be able to apply some work into it. You can’t have faith without having actions to backup your faith. I can’t say I have faith I will find a job and not look for a job. James 2:17 (AMP) states,
“So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective].”
The Bible tells us that our faith is pretty much dead if we do not have actions backing it up. If our faith isn’t backed up by our actions then everything we believe for is in vain, and our faith is ineffective. Active faith is something I struggled with for years, my faith never matched my actions. I would say I believed for something, and then act as though I didn’t believe it at all. I was afraid of looking stupid, and I had fear that someone would think I am crazy. But I rather now look crazy and have amazing things happen to me, then live a safe and boring life. Once I started being active in my faith believing that God would do all that he promised I started seeing my faith materialize. Faith in God, and relying on His word can make you do some pretty crazy things. We have heard the story of when Moses parted the sea with a stick! Let’s face it even though it was a staff that the Bible says he used a staff is still a stick! It’s amazing how God would put us in crazy circumstances that force us to use our faith and if we believe we are promised we will see the glory of God delivering us into everything He promised. (See the book of Exodus chapter 14 in the Bible)
P.S You’ll notice that at the bottom of each blog I will write, Ebenezer. It means “God has brought me this far”. It reminds me that I am here because of HIM! And now you’ll know this too.
Till Next time,