Yearly Focus Word: Faith

in Faith, Family, Lifestyle, September 22, 2018

Hey ya’ll! Tashgal here with another week of my focus word series Faith. The first week we spoke on what we believe and how important it is for us to align our faith with what we believe in our day to day life. I then spoke about having active faith (then I went MIA from June to September lol). And last week on my first blog back since living in Texas I spoke on aligning my will with God’s will. Alrighty then! You guys are all caught up. 😊

You know the drill, lets get to it!

Last week when I wrote about aligning my will with God’s will  I knew God was nudging at aligning my words with His word. One of the things I have a hard time with doing is aligning my words with what I want to see instead of what I DO see. Which is the opposite of what Hebrews 1:11 states. When I “chose” the word faith as my 2018 focus word I under estimated just how much this word would smack me up in the face. I had quoted Hebrews 1:11,

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Being sure, that’s what assurance means. And so, if my faith and my words are aligned then I am sure of what I hope for and should have absolutely no problem stating what I have faith in, right? WRONG! Sometimes I am so deep in my emotions, and in what I have experienced in the past that fear kicks and my words are easier aligned with my fear rather than my faith. It’s easy to say, “hey align your words with your faith.” But what if you’ve believed before and for some reason it is easier to doubt then to be let down? If this is your thought process, then your fear is more powerful than your faith. And your words will never be aligned with something you don’t believe because out of the abundance of the heart speaks the mouth as Matthew 12:34 states. Hence why I stressed the subtopic, “what are you believing?” the first week.

I’ve concluded that when my mouth isn’t in check it’s because my heart isn’t either. Really what I must tackle is my heart and not my mouth. For example, this week I had a couple of conversations with my husband and in the aftermath, I asked him what he heard in my words after it was all said and done, and this is what he stated, “fear, insecurity, and anger.” Our words aren’t the problem, my words weren’t the problem my heart was. My faith and words will be aligned once my heart is back in alignment with God’s heart, His word. I love this verse because it assures me of what I believe God has shown me through the last couple of years, in Matthew

“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Now Paul speaks to the way we believe, and are saved through Jesus Christ, and in the confessions of the statement of faith we make when He is our Lord and savior. But I took it this way as well, if in my heart I have the word of God, my mouth will have no problem confessing God’s promises and His truth for my life. In fact, my life would probably look much different than it does now. Living without residue means, tackling anything that is lingering and trying to hinder my walk and my faith. Dealing with all hurts, all past insecurities and again renew my mind with the word of God daily. I learned that if I am to do this, I must run inventory on my heart. Over and over again. Until there isn’t one sign of past hurts. Living without residue which is my blog’s tagline doesn’t mean act like past hurts never happened, but to not live reactively to past hurts and triggers. It’s easier said than done, but I’m willing to give it a whack! Are you?

With my words, I want to speak into existence the plans and dreams God has for my future. And not speaking about anything other than what aligns with what God told me last in His word. I want to saturate my heart with the word of God and His praises so that I can walk in full identity of who He said I am. And not only that but I want to emulate to my husband, and my future children who God is and that He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than I can ask or think of. And for me that is to live a life without residue!

till next time,

tashgal <3