Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Romans 4:18-20 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."[a] Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.
A friend and I were conversing about faith and what that looks like and do we honestly walk in faith or is it lip service? Now, my friend is a great thinker and he is in the process of writing a book where he addresses this concept of faith. We determined that if we truly were to walk in faith, our lives would look very different...I know mine would....which got me to thinking about walking the walk I talk. What would my day, my life look like if I walked in total faith? Knowing God will take care of all things? Would I get anxious about money, relationships, health...the future? Well, of course not! I would believe, I would not doubt. I would persevere through my day getting done what needs to be done in the moment.
Did you know that God gives you everything you need in every moment of the day? Think about it. In every activity that you engage in, you have all that you need, including desire. This is important because without desire, we would not do a whole lot. For example, if you are repairing your bike and you do not have the necessary parts, you still have everything you need because you have the choice to go get the parts because you desire to finish repairing the bike. Without desire, you do not have reason to choose, and you get nothing done. Make sense? Hang in there... So, in the moment you are living, God has provided you with everything you need including desire and choice. It is what you do with your desire, and consequently with your choice, that directly reflects your faith.
...I am going to go more extreme here...You are persecuted and tied to a stake to be burned. You have everything you need in that moment. Your desire and your choice determine your outcome and reflect your faith. Another example: you have your only son with you, who you love dearly, and you are commanded by God, Himself, to kill him. You prepare all you need in that moment and you raise your knife...or do you? Do you have the faith to believe that God will do what He said? Do you?
You have everything you need in every moment of every day. God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.1 Corinthians 10:12-14 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 10 (Whole Chapter) It is your choice to act upon your desire, but before you choose, think "How does this reflect upon my faith?" When you consider your day and all that you have done, can you honestly say you walked by faith?
...Just some food for thought...
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