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Faith

Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is a deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.

Faith must be tested because it can be turned into a personal possession through conflict. Faith does not eliminate problems.  It keeps us in the midst of them.  Faith has to do with my relationship to God, not my circumstances. 

We pray with high hopes, but with low expectations.

The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough.  The good is always the enemy of the best. We need to always pray for God’s highest and best. 

We too often settle for much less than what God wants to do through us.  When God speaks to us, what we do next proves what we believe about Him, regardless of what we say.  When we face difficult situations we begin to qualify our belief in God and lower our expectations of what God will do. It is tempting to substitute religious activity for faith in God.

God will not lead us beyond our present level of trust and obedience.  He will lead us back to our area of unfaithfulness until we are prepared to trust Him. Faith is fueled by passion not based on feelings.

Faith does not come from ignorance.  Faith is based on who we know and what we know of Him.

Jesus never tells us to do anything that we could accomplish without Him. 

Does my faith need a miracle to be sustained?  Do I have enough faith to simply trust and not ask for the miracle?

When we stay fixed on God and His Word and abide in His fellowship, we will be tempted by the enemy to resort to human wisdom rather than His Wisdom and Guidance.

Our faithfulness to truth is measured only by how we relate to Him; not by how we fit into standards of religious expectations imposed by others.

What does living a life of faith look like?  A life lived in faith is revealed in those who incorporate what they know to be true into daily life day after day.  Our yielding to Lordship of Jesus is a better indication of our faith than what we think. 

We walk by faith and not by sight.  We seek to see what the Father is doing.  What the world needs from the Christian faith is the witness of men and women who risk being different, humble enough to admit mistakes, crazy and wild enough to be burned in the fire of love, real enough to make others see how unreal they are.

Perhaps asking ourselves these questions will give us insight.

Where do I turn when I experience a crisis? When I am afraid or hurting to whom do I go? When I have financial problems, whom do I want to tell first? Where do I seek comfort when I’m under stress or discouraged?  Even though He may meet our needs through friends, ultimately our faith must be in God.

~~~~From my Heartto yours~~~~Andrea