Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

An Attitude of faith

Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” -Mark 9:24

Is your faith in the God who created the universe?

Our faith begins with our understanding in God. I believe it is the attitude of faith which we stay in that determines the outcome of a situation, I believe there is a connection of our attitudes and our circumstances.

I’ve prayed for years for the same thing {marriage, healing, kids, financial, etc.} and nothing seems to be happening or has happened. The Bible says that all things are possible to him who believes, so what is wrong with my faith?

Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23

Faith believes God can do it no matter what.

Or

Some days it is easy for me to trust the Lord, other days no matter how hard I try, I don’t feel confident God cares or wants to help me. Then there are times when I try to run my life. So, how come my faith can’t be more consistent?

Faith looks up and over opposition

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

Faith is when there is nothing inside other than a knowing that you know that ya know - in that moment you have no doubt.

Or


I’m in a very unpleasant situation, should I boldly pray it changes? Should I stick it out and trust God? Which one is faith? Won’t the Lord honor my faith no matter which I’ve chosen?

Faith looks to God.

Faith sees a way out.

In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6

We need to lose ourselves to the limitless power of God, whether we understand it or not. Many times our hearts tell us to do things we don't understand or can't see how they work. This is when we must totally trust in God!

Faith is the power in which you believe God.

If you are like the many Christians who have ever struggled with any of these or other uncertainties about your faith then you are not alone, there is good company within the pages of the Bible.

Throughout all of Scripture we see people’s faith in God knocking against the realities of earthly life. Some of the most esteemed of God’s people let us down mid story when they abandoned their trust in God. But, some of the least likely, those were the ones who were pressed by crisis, circumstances, they are the ones who show remarkable pure faith in a God that they barely knew.

Faith believes God is Alive.

Is our faith truly in a God who created all things?

Do we believe that His promises will be fulfilled even though we haven’t seen them yet?

Is there doubt in your faith?

When we believe with a true and sincere heart, with no doubt in our mind or heart then it can be considered true faith.

Faith is a living thing, it is a life style. Faith is a commitment to walk with Christ not knowing what lies ahead. Faith knows that He is right there beside us walking with us, allowing us to take that next step.

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

Faith is the way by which we can see what God has created. The purpose of faith is for us to penetrate the visible and to see into the invisible reality, which is God.” –A.W. Tozer

Today in these uncertain times we really need faith. Our walk with Christ at times will take us through dark places where it may seem as if the sun will never shine and we will feel abandoned. It is His strength that lifts our head when it is bowed low. Faith calls us to rely on Him. Christian faith is not so much what you say you believe, but how we behave in a consistent manner.

We all influence someone everyday. It is how we react in those unguarded moments that tell the real story of who we are.

This is where reason ends and faith begins.

“I believe, Lord help my unbelief!” God gives us the exact amount of faith we need for each new day, it is manna from heaven each day. Each day brings new struggles to push through. It is the Holy Spirit who wants to sanctify us in our struggles.

Take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take though for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” -Matthew 6:34

The word faith is a confidence in a person or trustworthy thing. The Hebrew meaning of faith is to sustain, to uphold. To believe is to live by; to guide, conduct, regulate, govern, or direct the life by; to take, accept, assume or adopt as a rule of life; consequently to think, deem or judge me right; to be firmly persuaded of; to give credit; to trust or think trustworthy; to have or give faith or confidence; to confide to think or deem faithful.” -Charles Hodge Vol.3 Systematic Theology

Our authority rests not in us, but in the One who is in charge. It believes that what He has said, He has already done. It is of the highest honor to serve Him. Is this true for you also? Is He everything to you? Is he the sweetest name on your soul? Is He first in all you do?

The most important thing for a Christian to know is who God is, and to know that they are in Him, nothing doubting.

Faith is easy when everything is going good or is going like you think it should, but disappointment comes to test our faith. How do you get along then? How do you react to those situations? Don’t let questions discourage you and your faith. We are human and always will be hesitant and imperfect. But, that don’t mean we can’t strive for perfection. God is our Father; He is like a parent teaching their child to take the first steps. He welcomes and encourages the smallest step of trust towards Him. It is all by His grace that we are able to believe at all.

Faith simply believes His trustworthiness, believing what He has said, He has already done. Faith is the instrument that allows us to know that this is true. Our faith has a specific function with knowledge. Faith is the substance, the assurance, the rock of our foundation; faith is that which changes the invisible into the visible; it is the substance which takes things that are not and makes them as they were. How awesome is it that the faith God gives us, is so we may see what He has done.

Faith is generally accompanied by an inner feeling of confidence, but that does not always happen. Scripture does not tell us how the Saints in Hebrews 11 also know has the Hall of Faith, felt about their circumstances. What we are told is how they acted in obedience as God spoke to them. Abraham, Isaac, and David, are just a few of the saints who faith grew through testing.

Faith is not to be regarded as simply a Christian grace. No less inadequate are those descriptions of faith which regard it only as a character as a Christian and saving grace. Delitzch – for example describes faith as the most central act of our being; the return to God, the going out of our inner life to Him. This longing after God’s free merciful love, as His own word declares it - a longing a reaching forth, and grasping it; this naked, unselfish craving, feeling itself satisfied with nothing else than God’s promised grace; this eagerness, absorbing every ray of light that proceeds from God’s reconciled love; this convinced and safety - craving appropriation and clinging to toword of grace; this is faith.” Charles Hodge – Vol.3 pg 45 Systematic Theology

Jesus is the perfect model of faith. He is the One who invites us to have faith in Him. It is only by God’s grace that we are being made into the faithful person.

We are, and are striving on into God. We are to draw from the assurance that Christ will be faithful till the end. We are to stand fast because the Lord stands at our side and gives us strength.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I Am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10


We are some of the ones who have heard the voice from beyond matter.” A.W. Tozer

This same voice that called from beyond creation, called creation into being! Matter is the handiwork of God. We are some of the ones whom God has chosen to hear that very same voice.
There is only One eternal, and that is God!

So, as we hear the voice of God speaking to our hearts, just know that we are hearing the very same voice that powerfully called creation into being.

Do we just have a sense of faith that is of knowledge in our head, or do we have that power of faith working in love in our heart?

We need to have a heart full of faith!

Real faith not only does something for us, it does something to us!

Our authority rests not in us, but in the One who is in charge. We will find His excellent gifts and riches in the Word of God, and by prayer and surrendering to His will. We are pilgrims here who are on a journey, and our goal is nothing less than Jesus Christ Himself! We need to thank God for how He has faithfully led and guided and kept His promises.

We are so loved by God!

God will lead us into solitude; our faith comes from our heart’s aloneness with God. In that aloneness He is preparing us. He will be all you need. Right now at this present state our faith is at the beginning, it is at a starting point. We all got to start somewhere. Our faith will be tested and strengthened to make us more effective for even greater struggles and challenges. Our faith will be tried by great sorrow, a hurt, a loss or even sickness. Baby, get ready God said that no one is exempt from struggles and disappointments.

Christ was made perfect through suffering. Some things we will never learn, or lose those imperfections until we have suffered. Sometimes it takes suffering in the heart emotionally or physically in the body. We must carry His cross and fall underneath it at the same time. When these things happen our unbelief raises up. The strongest of unbelief’s questions is why? Why did God allow this to happen? No one is spared this pain of grief. We may never understand why, but do we really have the right to ask the Potter why? It is during these times I pray that we can say, “I believe, Lord Help thou mine unbelief.” You are My Father who makes all things work together for my good, even though I may not understand. I know that You will never leave me or forsake me. “I believe, Lord, help thou my unbelief.” Mark 9:24

Lord, Thank you for a steadfast, unshakable, immovable, unyielding Faith.

Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Thy way, not mine, O Lord, However dark it may be; Lead me by Thy Hand, Choose out the path for me.
Smooth let it be, or rough, it will be still at best; winding or straight it leads right onward to Thy rest.
I dare not choose my lot; I would not if I might: choose Thou for me, my God, so I shall walk aright.
Take Thou my cup and it with joy or sorrow fill, as best to Thee may seem; choose Thou my good and ill.
Choose Thou for me my friends, my sickness, or my health. Choose Thou my cares for me, my poverty or wealth.
Not mine not mine the choice, in things both great and small; be Thou my guide, my strength, my wisdom and my all.

You’re faithful, You’re always the same. You’re Faithful, No! You Never change. Your faithful, You’re Always good! You’re always good!

I leave you with this last question....
If someone were to write a short statement in honor of your faith in God, what might it say?

1 Comments:

  • At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bless you!! Needed those words today. Thank You. May God continue to use you to be able to touch others lives as you have mine.

     

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