So many people in this world today are hurting, lonely, desperate, and hopeless – and many of those people are Christians. Many people who say they are believers, still surrender to a life of pain and heartbreak, finding no reason for joy or hope. I think we are all guilty of feeling that way at some point in our lives, but the evidence of someone exhibiting in true faith, is that they choose not to stay in that pattern of defeat. Even Christians, who say they have faith, can live lives, or have attitudes, that do not portray that. When that is the case, is it possible that maybe they don’t really understand faith? Maybe they believe in God, but they do not fully trust Him and His sovereignty? Maybe they are having a hard time believing that God is good, because they are basing their faith on proof, not blind faith? Maybe they don’t really understand the power of prayer? Never would I claim to be an expert on faith. But I just think there is a difference between surface faith and heart faith – and that what we want to strive for in order to be fully dependent on Christ, is heart faith. Grounded faith.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, SO THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM…..
Belief requires faith. Faith is such a precious gift. We have free will to choose it or not, but it is one of those gifts, that if left unopened, wanes and diminishes. I don’t think anyone allows their faith to diminish on purpose, it just happens – stuff happens – life happens – circumstances happen – to pull us away from God. Those series of events can sometimes cause us to feel so disconnected from God, that it seems like the journey back to Him is too long and impossible, so it becomes easier to give up, than fight the battle for faith. Sometimes giving up seems easier than giving in to God. But no matter how far we have gone, faith is always available. We can always choose to embrace a new journey of faith.
There are things in life that are so hard to have faith about. Things that we desperately want to sustain faith about, but find ourselves questioning God for answers and reasons. Life is not carefree, and I’m sure you have your own list of concerns and problems. But what we share together, as brothers and sisters in Christ, is FAITH.
The one thing I know I can rely on, and that I always try to look for hope and answers, is Jesus. I try to believe to the core of my soul when Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” That is the only thing I can believe, when times seem hopeless, scary, confusing or disappointing.
Without faith, what else do we have to help us get through? Without faith, where can we find hope? Without faith, what is left to do besides focus on despair? God knew we would have hard times; He assured that this life would bring trouble. But He equipped us to handle life, through His gift of faith. Faith – an immeasurable, invaluable, priceless gift that sustains us, gives us life and gets us through life. Have you fully opened this gift this yet? Ask God to show you ways that you need to trust Him, and areas of your life that you need to turn over to Him.
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