I don’t know about you but there have been times in my life when I suffered a faith failure. If you live long enough and go through enough, life can take its toll and begin to gnaw away at your faith. Have you ever felt like Lazarus where it seemed like you were stuck in a dead situation? While in the tomb Lazarus found himself being consumed by his environment. He was a feast for every bug and other creature in his surroundings. When circumstances consume your faith, doubt creeps in and takes up residence. How then do you survive a faith failure when doubt begins to seep into the recesses of your mind and spills out into your speech? It’s at times like this you must cultivate your faith walk.
Faith is the bridge that connects you to the future reality God has planned for your life. But life can wash out the bridge of faith and leave you feeling utterly alone, filled with doubt and destitute of hope. To cultivate faith understand that faith connects you to every promise in the Bible. Ask God to help you develop His kind of faith. The God kind of faith compels us to verbally rehearse God’s promises and shift our attention from the promise to the Promise Giver.
A faith walk requires double vision whereby with your natural eye you acknowledge the facts about your situation be it a doctor’s diagnosis or whatever the case may be. (We can’t be delivered from what we continue to deny.) With your spiritual eye you see yourself beyond your now: healed or accomplishing what you thought was impossible.
II Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” God is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). God gives us faith so we can believe what He believes. In Genesis 1:1-25 God didn’t just speak creation into existence, He believed what he said would happen. In these opening verses in Genesis God was modeling the faith walk for His children to imitate.
A faith walk demands that you feed your faith with God’s Word in order to starve your doubts. Whatever you feed (faith) grows. Whatever you starve (doubt) dies. Wise Christians stay in the company of other faith-minded people who encourage one another in their faith walk.
As Christians, our faith isn’t blind. It’s the substance of things we hope for (Hebrews 11:1). We hope for things that are real. Although not yet seen, we believe and demonstrate faith through our words, works and actions. Understand that faith demands confidence, endurance, expectation and patience.
If you’re facing what looks like an impossible situation, remember, it has to look impossible, otherwise you wouldn’t need faith. Just as sure as Jesus resurrected Lazarus from a seemingly impossible situation, rest assured, Jesus is going to do the same for you. He hasn’t forgotten about you. He’s working things out on your behalf for your good and His glory.
Walking in faith with you. Until next time…Be blessed!
Reverend Cynthia Jackson