Good morning! I am stretching my little body and being grateful for the day. It has rained throughout the night and those who have researched on the relationship between deep sleep and rain can tell me because I am curious as well.
Today, I would like to talk about faith. I know it is a bit of a puzzle and mystery for most people because I have met so many people who say they don’t have faith, ask how and where they can get faith. Other people say they try to have faith but it is hard, they can’t seem to please God.
One time, I met this wonderful lady who told me, she doesn’t have faith like her friends so she felt as though her friends were more closer to God. That time, still learning myself, I told her she can pray to God to give her faith. I did that severally.
Now, as for me, I am always praying for all things, since I came across the verse where Paul is telling christians to pray in all circumstances and for all things. At the beginning of this journey, I prayed to God to give me faith because I thought it was some sort of supernatural divine power you must have and if you didn’t have it God would never hear or listen to you.
When you begin reading the Bible for the first time, it is all confusing and it is possible to get lost and misunderstand scripture if you are not led by the Holy Spirit. I did severally.
There is a verse on faith that says that it impossible to please God without faith.
Somebody is already thinking, men! “This is hard, so now, I have to please God and have faith which I am sure I don’t have? This is too hard! God’s instructions are too hard, I can’t cut it, I’ll let the church goers have this one. I am too imperfect, I am broken, I am not worthy, I have made so many mistakes and even if I had little faith, how can I please God? He must have a list of all my wrongdoings, I struggle with lying, pornography addiction, adultery, self-indulgent pleasures, stealing, drug abuse, my life is messed up, I am always fighting with my family, I am angry and frustrated, I am unfulfilled, nobody truly cares for me, I am so lost in this world, I have no idea what my purpose is and now on top of all this, I have to please God? I will never make the cut, this is too much plus it is impossible.”
Well, not to blow your own trumpet but I have been there as well, feeling despair and hopeless. I think some people who have come to know me recently assume that I have always been this girl who loves Jesus all my life. Those who are seeing my life transformation now and knew me in the past, are still reconciling the books with the ‘what happened, where did we lose her?’ But to the contrary, I was lost and now I am found, this is me, alive and vibrant, self-aware and confident in my skin and true to who I am in Christ. I knew nothing about Jesus and God outside Catholic teachings but that is a story for another day.
So I’ll tell you how to get faith! It is simple and it is in scripture,
If you want to grow your faith read your Bible, there is no other shortcut, there is no other way around it. Not even your friends, pastor, priests can do it for you. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling! Just like you require food for the body, the spirit also needs nourishment for the soul and this can only be acquired by immersing yourself to studying scripture.
If you read the temptations of Jesus, you learn that He responded to the devil beginning with only three words, it is written!
Mathew 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
He fought with scripture.
I am a writer, I keep record and the advantage of this beautiful gift from God is that, when life is passing away for so many and people wonder what happened in 2018? 2017? What did I do in my life? What did I accomplish?
For me, I know.
Now, the reason why I bring this up is not to make people writers, but to show you the immensity of my words. I would not write here in such a manner if I was not confident of what I was saying.
I am confident in my hope for Jesus not because man preached to me and convinced me but because through writing I met Jesus. I cannot explain it, I cannot understand how, but surely my own words cannot deceive me, I wrote them, I made the journey and so I see it.
Yesterday, I wrote it is possible for your faith to be switched off like a bulb and I still believe it is, Jesus said offences will come but woe to those whom they come. If you have nothing to fight offence, it shall carry you and sweep you into darkness.
Man shall not live on bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord.
If you neglect the word of God, you kill your dreams slowly, you waste away slowly. I am also confident of that! Because I have seen what His word has done in my life.
Faith cometh by hearing, and by hearing of the word of God. There is no short-cut. If you do not feed your spirit man, you waste away. In fact, the Bible says,
There are many weapons of warfare in the spiritual realm and scripture, I have found is my sword. For it is written, the just shall live by faith. —this means not by worry, not by anxiety, not by fear, not by hopelessness but by faith and now you know how faith comes, by hearing the word of God.
Have a blessed and productive Tuesday! Grab a Bible at the end of the day and start your study and if you are already doing that, keep going! Great discoveries you will find on that path.
God bless 🙂
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