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The Importance of Faith

I had a conversation this week with a believer who is unhappy with his job, but is filled with fear about the unknown and what he should do. My initial advice to anyone looking for answers is to pray and seek God for His guidance. I know to someone experiencing fear and looking for advice that isn’t necessarily helpful, but it is the proper council, and a reminder to place God first – not all your worries, concerns, and fears. The next thing we discussed is what the Word says about his responsibilities to his families, and employers. If his job is making him miserable, and it does not allow him to be the proper head of his household and the spiritual leader he is responsible to be to his family; it’s probably time to explore God’s Will for what’s next. I told him it was time to take a leap of faith.

Developing Faith

I could tell based on his expression that his worries, fears and concerns for the welfare of his family are greater than his faith in the Lord. I left praying for him to develop the level of faith he needs to trust the Lord to lead him to a better opportunity.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11: 1

Another believer at work I’ve had conversations with, has often asked me: “how do you have so much faith?” It wasn’t always that way. I didn’t wake up one day filled with faith. It’s been a few years’ worth of battling my doubts, constant praying, communicating with the Lord, trusting Him and seeing Him at work in my life.

Developing faith in the Lord is a lot like developing trust in someone new. When we meet someone new, we extend a certain level of trust to her; followed by getting to know her better and as she rises to the challenges and tasks asked of her – you extend a little more trust to her.

God deserves all of our faith and trust up front, but that’s not inherent to human nature. We don’t automatically know the Lord, unless we spend time getting to know him, and on top of that, the devil is at play to create doubt and fear in our faith and trust.

Reading and studying the Word is a must to getting to know the Lord and developing faith. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10: 17(NKJV) But I know that can be hard. After five years of being a Christian, I have just now this year, undertaken the task of reading the entire Bible. I’ve read the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs, plus many other chapters here and there, but never the entire Bible. It’s a daunting task. I’ll also admit that I’m not sure day-to-day I’m necessarily getting much out of it, but I do know overall I definitely am.

My faith was greatly developed by being in constant communication with the Lord. I have opened up to Him about every single detail of my life, all of my thoughts, fears, worries, and doubts. I have left the devil nothing for him to use against my relationship with God. God already knew all these things about me, but by me sharing them with him; I’ve opened them up for the Lord to work through them.

Complete honesty is the center of all solid relationships, so don’t keep anything back from Him. The things you hold back are weapons to be used against your faith. With complete honesty comes the love, forgiveness, and understanding that become big stepping stones to your faith.

Developing the initial level of faith is the hardest and requires the most faith. It’s the irony that envelops all. Hardest money to make is your first million (so people say). To get credit, you need credit. The starting point is always the toughest but in the case of Faith – all that we need is at our disposal.

Faith Doesn’t Line up with the World

“What are your plans after September?” is a question I often get asked by well-meaning people, and when I reply: “I trust God for what’s next and I’m not worried about it” they don’t really know what to make of it. I know deep in my heart, soul and being that God has a plan for me after this, and any efforts towards lining something of my own is a colossal waste of time. I have faith in what’s next. People of this world would tell you that faith doesn’t pay the bills, God helps those who help themselves, you can’t wait on God…you have to do your part etc.

Their opinions don’t matter to me, nor are they based on Scriptures. Waiting on God certainly doesn’t imply not doing anything, and unless this discussion ensues with other believers, who understand the efforts and commitment to being an obedient follower; it’s a waste of time to argue or explain.

Having faith and then having the outcomes materialize is what glorifies the Lord. It’s the best way to explain the power and importance of faith.

The Power of Faith

Faith in the Lord is the ultimate source of peace. Fears, worries, doubts and all the other negatives emotions and feelings that plague us and our ability to lead joyful lives are eliminated when the foundation of how we live our lives is faith in the Lord.

It’s not hard to take a leap of faith when faith is at the core of all your actions in the first place.

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16 (KJV)

How About You?

Have you ever had circumstances affect you to lean on your faith?  What was the result of your “leap of faith”?  I would love to hear from you!  Comment below or contact Ann Bernard, Travel Writer and Blogger here.