Faith – A Lifeline for Answers in Your Life – Pt. I

And I am praying that you will put into action  the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. ~ Phil. 6 NLT

You’ve probably noticed that faith is a recurring theme in almost everything I write. That’s because, over the years, it has been my lifeline, the thing that keeps me focused forward. Faith answers my questions, eases my doubts and de-stresses my life.

When someone disappoints me or doesn’t do something I think I need, (notice all the “I”s) I’ve learned to tell myself, “You and me, Lord. You’re all I need.” That  helps me take the pressure off of people and re-focus my faith on God. (“Seek ye first the kingdom of God …)  

When I have a seemingly unsolvable problem, I remind myself, “I have the mind of Christ; He was made unto me wisdom.” Then I leave the problem to ‘solve itself’ in my head and go do something else! Inevitably, when I come back to it, I have new ideas (wisdom) on how to make it work.

Everything I have ever accomplished has been based in faith. Faith is my lifeline to success. I think if you’re honest, you would say the same thing. And I’m sure you know that faith – the God kind of faith – is rooted in Love.

We know that God loves us. We’ve sung it since kindergarten: Jesus loves me, this I know. Knowing He loves us gives us confidence to depend on Him.  

I awoke about 4 a.m. one morninglast week, thinking about the blessings in my life. Here are my journal notes:

Good morning, Father.

It’s early, but I’ve been lying awake for more than an hour. Thinking about You – Jen (our daughter)  – and everything else. She called last week, sick with a cold. Of course, I prayed for her, but probably not as much as I should.  I never pray as much as I should. But she was well in two days! Thank You.

Sometimes I feel like I must be ‘doing something right’ to have so many blessings and breakthroughs in my life, like a reward for good behavior or services rendered. Maybe I’ve done something to deserve it, or to make You love me.  

[You do know it’s impossible to ‘make’ someone love you, don’t you?]

But it was a mini-revelation an hour or so ago that You bless me because I’m Your child, not because I did anything. It’s the covenant. I’m adopted! I’ve heard it a dozen times or more, but, for just that minute, I really got it! Deep in my spirit.

You see, blessings come because God loves us, (For God so loved the world that He gave …) not because of anything we do. Peace and protection are ours because God said so. And I believe His Word. That is faith.

(Catch the next post for Part II – see you then!)

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