Faith

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Do you have faith? How do you know if you have faith? You might think you have faith, but maybe not. Or maybe you do have faith, but it could be more. Some of your are like, yeah, I hear you. I know exactly what you are saying. My faith could be deeper, stronger, more blind even. Others of you are really not understanding. You are saying to yourself, of course I have faith, I believe… don’t I?

Well, check this out. If you have ANY doubt, any at all, your faith is not as complete as it can be. And honestly, you are missing out. Having this blind faith is beyond what you could even imagine, until you feel the ultimate peace that comes with it.

So, how do we get that?

Faith is defined as, a belief in God based on spirituality rather than proof. A good verse in scripture that backs up that definition is from the book of Hebrews…

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)

Faith, then is not something we can physically touch or feel, but rather something we know. We believe in God.

Now, there are steps to growing in faith. In most cases, we don’t believe fully at first. This is often a result of our mind not being able to grasp the “idea” of God. It just doesn’t make sense on so many levels. Thus the battle between our heart and our mind ensues yet again.

As we learn more about God and His nature, we often will grow in our faith. God even helps with this part. How? Well, as we spend time in prayer, worship and in His Word, we are spending time with Him. In this time, the Father allows us to know Him and feel Him. These kinds of moments increase our faith.

Trust is directly related to faith. How much we trust the Lord affects the amount of faith we have and vise versa. Having faith in the Father is believing the words He tells us and trusting that He will follow thru on His promises. He tells us He will, but we still have to decide to believe Him. Abraham believed… as did many others in Biblical history.

yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.  Romans 4:20-21 (NASB)

The mustard seed is often referenced when faith is the topic of discussion. Faith of a mustard seed is the phrase used. This is very profound. The mustard seed is tiny, as sometimes our faith may seem in the beginning.

Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”  Matthew 13:31-32 (NLT)

As the mustard seed is planted and it grows, it becomes the largest plant and ultimately becomes a tree in the garden… just like our faith, as we sow into our belief and trust in God’s promises into our heart, our faith grows until it is the largest tree in our heart’s garden. Once we are consumed by this HUGE faith… everything else flows out of it in goodness and love.

Believe today…have faith as the Father continues to be faithful to you and me. The faith growing inside of you will only draw you closer to Him and allow you to feel the presence of God even more. In that presence of trust and blind faith, peace covers you, a peace that only is found in the Father’s love. Allow your faith to continue to grow today and share with others. Walk in faith, peace and love.

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3 Day Quote Challenge:Day 2…Be You

Day two of the 3 Day Quote Challenge  that erhynireh has challenged me to…

Here’s my quote…

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Who are you? What makes you tick? What drives you? What sets your soul on fire??? 

I really love this quote because it challenges me. It challenges me to go after my passion, my love… my calling.

Each of us has a calling. God has created each of us unique and special. We are one of a kind in everything we say and do. Our place in the world is necessary and specific.

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I believe that we each have an assignment from the Lord as to what He wants us to do with our lives. I also believe that He makes that known by the passions and the desires He places in our hearts.

Sometimes, it is a matter of timing. We go after something that we feel we are being called to do and well it doesn’t happen. Don’t give up on that calling, yourself or God. Have faith and believe that He’s still preparing you for that season.

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Never stop believing in yourself and what you have to offer the world. Have faith in the God who created you. Know that he has plans for your life and they are plans for good…

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Sometimes the disappointment, or the closed door is merely God wanting to see your heart. Show Him you trust Him and move on. He will open up a new door, provide a new opportunity.

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God has amazing things planned for each of our lives… beginning, middle and end. Our stories will be FULL and will reflect Him. Let Him guide your path. Let Him continue to fire you up in your soul. Let Him replace your fear with passion and love… then let Him use you in the capacity that you were designed for!

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Now, here are the next three fellow bloggers that I challenge to take on the 3 Day Quote Challenge:

Let the Light In

My Paint Splattered Life

Life as a mommy

 

Enjoy… have fun and don’t forget… YOU are unique and YOU are LOVED!!!

 

 

 

 

 

GOD Why?

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So God,

Just curious

You give us all the emotions

You enable us to walk in them

You allow us to feel them

You give us love, You give us hate

You give us joy, You give us pain

You give us good, You give us evil

So God,

Just curious…

WHY?

God, sometimes,

the pain is so much more than the joy,

the evil is so much more evil that the good is good

and God…

the hate cuts deeper than the love could ever reach…

GOD what is all for?

It is all like a leaf blowing in the wind…

A cloud floating across the sky

A wave crashing on the shore

It passes by and then the next moment comes

God, what will that next moment bring?

Fear, anxiety, God, You know,

You felt it all…

God you felt

Weak

Worn

Battered

Hurt

Hated

Unloved

And, God, you never did anything but Love us…

So, God, I come to you now

God I cry out to You

God I need You

Help me please

Please pick me up

Carry me through

God I cannot walk it alone anymore

And I don’t want to…

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One Foot at a Time

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We place our feet, one in front of the other and we walk… we walk down a path. Where that path leads, we really have no clue, but we believe. What do we believe? We believe in the truth… Jesus. We believe that there is a path for us, the right path. One where we will find peace, joy, love… As we believe we know in our hearts that those there things, peace, joy and love, are what the Father wants for us. Why? Because He loves us. How do we know that? Because of Jesus… God the Father sacrificed His beloved Son for us, His children… because of His love for us… I know you have heard the famous, almost too often quoted verse,

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NLT)

God loved us that much. So don’t you think that he would be there to show you the right way, the right path, so you may have peace, joy and love? He not only wants us to have eternal life with Him, but also abundant life on earth…

Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. John 6:6-10 (MSG)

Abundant life, life full of peace, joy and love. “More than we ever dreamed of” as The Message Bible says. I like the sound of that. And, I believe in that, because I do believe my Father loves me that much and wants that for me. Follow His leading and walk the path He leads me to and He will shower His blessings on me.

If you’ll willingly obey,
    you’ll feast like kings.                                                                                                                       Isaiah 1:19 (MSG)  

I think I am ready… so now I place my feet, one in front of the other and head down the path of righteousness hand in hand with my Father.

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Verses from Biblegateway.com

 

 

 

No More Fear

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Insecurity

Sometimes I just can’t see

My confidence gone

Everything feels wrong

What do I do now?

I am full of doubt

I have built a wall

Letting no one in at all

Oh what an empty, lonely place

But it has been my space

All my many fears

Throughout the years

Come rushing back to me

I am no longer free

My heart is heavy

And my body is weary

That old feeling that was gone

Has come back on strong

I know I don’t like it

But it’s not easy to forget

Finding the way to the light

Is a tough, hard fight

But the tears need to go away

And so now I pray

Please hold me LORD,

Take my hands in Yours

Help guide me through

The right open door

So I might be sad, no more

My happiness will again return

My mind will continue to learn

My body will feel light and free

And my heart will love… completely!

The Many Faces of Love : Just a taste…

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LOVE… 

This four-letter word is simple yet complex. It has many different meanings and implications. It can rule your life both positively and negatively. The simplicity of the word and its true meaning is something I am seeking coupled with its application. God, the Creator of our universe, is the definitive definition and the greatest example of the word, love, in its truest meaning. In fact, in the Bible, the first half of first John chapter 4 talks about love and the love of God. John, very simply, but profoundly, says the following in         1 John 4:8: “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love”. In essence, GOD is love and love is GOD.

The world and ultimately Satan has changed this word, love, to mean so much more. Simply because, Satan is the opposite of love. Chew on that for a bit. What would be the opposite of love…? HATE.

As we dig in and look at the many different “loves” out there, we will come to the final and true meaning of the word. Moreover, we will understand the true meaning of love as it was intended from the beginning of time by our Daddy, God the Father. Walk with me on this exciting journey, as we discover the truths and the lies about love. Become equipped to be “covered in love” as Colossians 3 tells us to do and “love because He first loved us” as we are told God does in 1 John 4:16. In the end, my prayer is that you and I will see love through God’s eyes and not only know what love is but know WHO love is…

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