“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’ Hebrews 11:1
Faith, we all feel like we need more. It is something we work at, but I found out something that surprised me, but not my close friends. My number one strength is believing or Faith. This was so crazy to me because I feel like at times I have no faith at all. This was so foreign to me that I even told a few of my friends and laughed at saying it. When I did this, I got a reaction that I wasn't expecting. I had a few friends tell me, Yes, they could see that as my number one strength, because of how I encourage, push and believe in them. A few also mentioned how I opened my first spa in my late 20's even I had was just gotten licensed and everything was against me, I believed I could and did.
This made me think about why I didn't feel that this was one of my strengths. It took me awhile to really listen to God well enough to understand. It wasn't that I didn't have faith, it was that I could only remember the times that I doubted. Those were the moments that came to me with the thoughts of my faith. But this was not my reality. Faith really is my biggest strength and even with that I still have times that I doubt, that I look at things through my eyes and limited view and my faith is shaken. Hebrews says that Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. It is the confidence to have faith in the God who has already given us everything. A God who sent his son to die on a cross, and a God who has promised to never leave us or forsake us. When we keep this in the front of our mind and thoughts having Faith in his becomes a easier.
Two years ago I was laid off from my position at an accounting firm. This did not only shake me, but it activated what I like to call a ‘Super Faith’. I had a two bedroom 5th floor luxury apartment and now no job. On top of that, I felt God telling me that I would not be going back to accounting and in a new season. But at that time, I was trying to save money because I wanted to reopen a spa. I had plans, but they were not God plans. Now it is two years later and I will tell you what faith does. I have not held a full time job since then, I haven’t missed a payment or had been late on a payment of anything. I have paid my tithes, and have been able to do things and buy things. Mind you I haven’t gone spending crazy, but i’ve been able to get things I want. This is only by the grace of God and my faith in that God would provide. This is something I hold on to in those moments of doubt. Because God is Able, I just have to have faith in Him.
What are those moments in your life that you know that your faith in God has given you a breakthrough? Write them down and in those moments that you are faced with doubt remember he was God then and he is still God now. Know that he will never leave you, that you are is child and he wants what is best for you. That there will be trials, but that HE is Still God. Hold on to this, every day, every minute as you go out and Live With Faith.