From My Heart

From My Heart

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

FAITH

My word for this year is FAITH.
Unless your FAITH is firm, I cannot make you stand firm. Isaiah 7:9b NLT


My word for 2014 was TRUST.


The definition of FAITH is complete trust or confidence in someone or something.


So FAITH is the same as trust...


I admit, I was offended!


I always pray and ask God to give me a word that I can cling to for the entire coming year, a word that is going to define me and grow my relationship with my King. Why would God give me practically the same word two years in a row!? Did I not trust you enough last year God?!


As 2015 started Satan wasted no time in carrying over his non-sense attacks from last year on our family. As I began to meditate on Isaiah 7:9, I began to look at my FAITH. What exactly does God mean when He says he cannot make me stand firm unless my FAITH is firm? I read my Bible everyday, I pray every day. How is my FAITH not firm?!


Recently our family was hit hard, possibly the hardest we have ever been hit so far. My FAITH was shaken to the very core, and I began to analyze every day of my life for the past eighteen years. I felt as if every thing I had was being ripped from me and I had no control over any of it. I questioned God's will for my life. Why would God keep me in a place of hurt and despair? God began speaking to my heart that He was not keeping me in this dark place, I was choosing to focus on the negative. Many times through this situation I read Isaiah 7:9, the more I read it the more I realized my FAITH was not firm and therefore I was not standing firm. I began to see that my FAITH goes beyond trust, it is more than believing God is going to work things out for our good. FAITH is an act of strength, it is an action that I have to use every day.


A few months ago my SIL/best friend was telling me how God used the story of Peter walking on water to show her some things in her life. That story came back to me a few weeks ago. I felt how I would imagine Peter felt when he began sinking. I said to God, "I do not know when I took my eyes off of you and I began to sink." I felt God speaking to me saying just because your FAITH is firm does not mean you won't go under water but when you are under water is your FAITH still firm? He told me if my FAITH was still firm then I needed to start acting like it, pick myself up and stand firm, even when the ground beneath me was shaking. Just because God called me to go through some rough waters (or perhaps a hurricane) does not mean that I have a right to give up. He began to show me that when my FAITH is firm He will get me through anything.


FAITH is more than trust...


FAITH is my defense against the enemy! FAITH is something I have, and the devil does not have, and cannot have!  FAITH is favor with God!


Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving FAITH, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. Ephesians 6:16 AMP


Unless your FAITH is firm, I cannot make you stand firm. Isaiah 7:9b NLT


God bless,
Denissa