"Answer this question: When do you usually find yourself needing to use your faith?"
“Faith, faith, faith just a little bit of faith.”
If you are a Christian, or even if you’ve just grown up around church folk, I am 100% certain you’ve heard countless messages about FAITH. If I asked you to tell me about it, you could probably give me a pretty good summary or definition. Many of you would even be quick to quote the faith scripture,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1
It is safe to say, most of us probably have a good understanding of what this word means and what it is for. In summary faith means: believing in what one cannot see.
After what I’ve just explained, you might be wondering, why then, I’m choosing to spend time writing about an already oversaturated topic.
Answer this question: When do you usually find yourself needing to use your faith…? (really answer this)
If I were to answer this question a couple of days ago, I would’ve responded along the lines of… “When I’m waiting on God to do something that he promised.”
I’ve been thinking about the concept of faith lately and I have realized that like 95% of the time we use our faith towards events that we are waiting on to take place…future circumstances which are inevitably “not seen.”
But what God has been revealing to me is the fact that there is an entirely separate area of our lives where our faith needs to be employed…because the future is not the only place where things cannot be seen. The future is not the only place that we need to use our faith.
Tangible promises of the future cannot be seen…as a result we need our faith. Neither can spiritual promises of the now be seen…for these we also need our faith.
If faith is “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen,” then faith has to be the substance of God’s spiritual promises at all times…not just the future things we are waiting on.
So let’s think about this for a minute: What spiritual things are you finding hard to believe at this exact moment? (really answer this)
Faith can free us from being blocked by anything that is contrary to God’s promises.
What are God’s promises? His promises are his word and that is why the scripture says, “ … faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
Sidenote: If you don’t know God’s word, you can’t know his promises.
However, if you know God’s word you can then believe his word. Likewise, if you know his promises in regards to your life and your circumstances right now, you can also believe in his promises…RIGHT NOW.
Do you doubt that you are loved right now?
By faith you can say I am loved, I don’t see it I don’t feel it but I believe that I am loved because God’s word says I am loved. (John 3:16)
Do you doubt that you are equipped right now?
By faith you can say even though it doesn’t seem like it, I am equipped and I have everything I need. (Phil. 4:19)
Do you doubt that you can have joy right now?
By faith you can say I do have joy deep in my soul, depression has no hold on me. (Neh. 8:10)
And my struggle lately… Do you doubt that you are moving right now?
By faith you can say even though it looks like I am stuck I AM moving. (Jer. 29:11)
There is nothing wrong with using faith in regards to the things you are waiting on to happen in the future, however, it is equally important to use your faith in the NOW.
Hebrews 11:6 implies that it’s probably smartest that we employ our faith at all times:
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
With Love Always,
Tiffany Trawick ♥