Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Faith

Faith, what is it?

Just because it’s my name, doesn’t mean it comes easier for me. Although, I will say at times I feel there’s a reason God allowed me to have the name Faith. That one simple word can make a big difference in life. For me, it can mean the difference between a good day, week, or month, and a bad one of all three. No matter what, everyone has faith in something. This world is full of unproveables (which really isn’t a word but it should be). The important thing is that we have faith in the right things. Faith in ourselves lets us down but faith properly placed can make a world of difference. Bottom line, it is a choice that each day we have to chose for ourselves.

Where do we get this faith? Well even though it is a choice we make, it is ultimately a gift from God that we receive from His word, the Bible. Romans 12:3- God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Romans 10:17- Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Even though we are given faith, it is often challenged by inevitable circumstances. No one can say they’ve never had a day where they wake up with all the faith in the world and by the end of the day they are wondering “what happened?”. It happens to the best of us!

The biggest one for me is fear. I think fear is my faith challenger. The memories from my childhood constantly follow me asking “what if?” “What if Jimmy stops loving me?” “What if I don’t make a good mother?” “What if I go crazy like so many mothers do?” There are no answers to these questions and if I think about them to long they can overwhelm me! The answer is simple as this and it’s straight from God: Perfect love casts out fear-1John 4:18. God’s perfect love is surrounding me each and every day to protect me from my own fears and doubts! He’s got it under control! He has given me and Jimmy His perfect love, he will fill my heart with His perfect love for my children, and He loves me with His perfect love. No more fear, only faith!

Dear Heavenly Father,  you are my “author and finisher” of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). Help me to be daily reminded of this promise. Help me live up to my name and be an example of what it means to completely trust you with my life. That includes handing all my fears over to you! You are in control and I chose to put the faith you have given me in that eternal promise.

Galations 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I live which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

That is faith.


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