Monday, June 3, 2013

Faith - A Personal Reflection

I want to preface by apologizing for the span between posts. It has been awhile and I feel like I have struggled in my life at times because of that. My 6 year old spilled coffee on my laptop so a pc to blog with has been limited to work and that has proved a challenge, but God has given me the opportunity today.

On the way to work one morning something happened that caused traffic to back up and several people were turning around and cutting through a state park that is close to the location. There were no detour signs or even a police officer that was diverting traffic, but everyone one car turned going through a state park that was there and everyone else, including myself followed. Personally, I was taking it on blind faith that the lead car was going the same general direction as me and knew where they were going, I wonder how many others felt the same.

My point with is that all of us have either done something like this or know someone who has. How easily we can follow others in many situations, but yet we have trouble in doing this with God.

People are not perfect will never be perfect. We all make mistakes on a daily basis and yet we still have faith in our leaders, of all forms, in our friends and family, and even in strangers under the right conditions to help and guide us through what ever we are facing in life.

Why then is it so difficult to put this same faith in God? God created everything around us, every person that has, does, and will exists, and He knows every problem we will EVER face and how to resolve them. He desires to bless and reward those who follow and allow Him to guide our lives. Putting our faith in God is truly a win - win situation for us.

What is Faith?  Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

Which means we must accept that our hearts desires will be given and even though the means may not be present. We must believe that God will provide according to His will and plan.

We just have some things we must do and some things we must not do.

Must do:
1. Believe- We must know that God is the author and finisher of all. He can deliver anything to us and will bless us according to His plan. We must accept that it is on His schedule and by His will, not ours.

2. Know- We must know within our hearts that God not only desires to meet our needs that He will do this and we must not falter in this belief.

3. Accept - We must accept that God is going to bless our life by thanking Him before we receive the blessing.

Must not do:
1. Hold God to our time line- God will pour out His blessings to us according to His will and timeline. Holding God to "our" agenda will not work.

2. Doubt - Sometimes things may take awhile, if we begin to doubt God they will never develop.

Matthew 17:20

And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 1 Corinthians 2:5

So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.

James 1:3

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

1 Peter 1:7

That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.