Last year I went through very difficult times with my family and with my daughter’s school. I did not know what to do aside from pray and fast. Then God spoke to me and said, “Faith”. After I heard him say that word, I said “that’s right”. I needed to surrender everything to Him and believe that He would take care of my family and the school crisis. I extended my faith in God and watched Him take care of both situations. Faith in God has brought me closer to Him. I am seeing circumstances change because I trust and believe that He is moving on my behalf. I had to keep trusting and believing God when the problems were not resolved right away. Faith grows when we trust God to get us through.
What is Faith? Hebrews 11:1 explains that faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. I have learned that faith is believing, hoping in, embracing and seizing the Truth. Faith in God is incredible because God is reliable. Faith releases the blessings of God and brings Him onto the scene. Faith is believing the truth of God’s word and His promises. When I was first saved, my family would tell me to have faith and I would always reply “I have faith.” I was certain that because I believed in God, He was going to answer my prayers. Many years passed and nothing seemed to change, so I asked God why everything was the same. He answered, “You have little faith. You are like Peter”. Matthew 14:28-31 “Lord, if it’s you” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. When Peter saw the wind, he was afraid. As he was beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
I started out in faith. I believed God. My focus on was on Him. Yet, like Peter, my focus shifted to the wind. I became focused on my problems, which caused fear and doubt because I was more aware of the problems than I was of God and His promises. Then I started to believe the lies of the enemy: “those promises are not for you, God does not care, your faith is not working, God is not going to help you”.
I have been through trials in my lifetime and my faith has kept me from sinking. There were times that I wanted to give up, however, I remembered that my faith was in God. God often reminds me to trust Him and not doubt Him or His promises. We serve a Mighty God and I am so thankful for Him and what He has done in my life.
I believe that this year God is requiring us to walk into new things, and we will need faith to do this. Ladies, I encourage you to step out into new things with God. Receive His truth, believing, hoping, and embracing everything God has for you! EXTEND YOUR FAITH TODAY!
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
This post was written by Deborah Flores. If you would like to reach Deborah, please send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.