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Have you thought about how to walk by faith as a Christian? Are you ready to begin praising, following, and making him your personal savior? It is a spiritual relationship. Although, sometimes, you may lose faith. You need to believe in Him with all your heart and walk in love through faith. This article will teach you how.
Ordained Minister Expert Interview. 19 May 2019. Step out in faith and hope to seek your goal. Don’t be afraid to stumble, remember that God will be watching you and be ready to pick you up. “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?” (Romans 8:24)  X Research source
Ordained Minister Expert Interview. 19 May 2019. Don’t make it a chore, you can do it whenever you have time.
Ordained Minister Expert Interview. 19 May 2019. “And let us consider one another to provoke (motivate) to love and to good works..” (Hebrews 10:24)  X Research source
- Make friends with those who have a positive influence on you, both spiritually and mentally. If you don’t have such friends, it is best to avoid having close friends who demean or discourage you.
Ordained Minister Expert Interview. 19 May 2019. Relate the Word of God to yourself. Apply biblical passages to your life in order to glorify God. Increase your faith by reading the Bible. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
- Remember that: “Problems to solve are also opportunities for success and/or expanding the kingdom of God”.
Ordained Minister Expert Interview. 19 May 2019. As Jesus said, people will ask Him: “Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?” He will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” (Matthew 25:45)  X Research source He sees our deeds, good or bad; and whether done or not done as directly for Him or to Him.
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belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance. belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer. my belief that I had caught all the errors faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof. an unshakable faith in God credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent. a theory now given credence by scientists credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof. gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness
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First Known Use of faith
13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
15th century, in the meaning defined above
History and Etymology for faith
Middle English feith, fei, borrowed from Anglo-French feit, feid, fei, going back to Latin fidēs “trust, guarantee, proof, sincerity, loyalty, belief,” going back to *bhid-ēi-, noun derivative from zero-grade of an Indo-European verbal base *bhei̯dh- “entrust, trust,” whence Latin fīdere “to trust (in), have confidence (in),” fīdus “faithful,” Greek peíthesthai “to obey, comply with, believe,” peíthein “to persuade, prevail upon,” Albanian be “oath,” and probably Old Church Slavic běždǫ, běditi “to compel, constrain,” běda “distress, need”
Note: The English word is an early loan from medieval French, first attested in a homily fragment from the 12th century (see feþ in Dictionary of Old English); it appears to preserve the final interdental fricative generally lost in early Old French—a loss reflected in the more common Anglo-French form fei (also loaned into Middle English—see fay entry 2). Indo-European *bhei̯dh- is also usually claimed to be the source of Germanic *bīðan- “to wait” (see bide).
Faith is like a muscle – if it is not used, it will atrophy.
Some of us spend time every day exercising certain muscles that we want to develop. You say, “I haven’t run for a week, and I feel the difference.” Similarly, if a week goes by without exercising faith, you will notice the difference. The longer you go without using faith, the greater the danger that you will forget how to use faith altogether.
If you have ever broken a leg and been unable to use it for a time, you will know that you need to work hard to rebuild the muscle that has been weakened by prolonged inactivity. The physiotherapist will work with you to rebuild what has been lost through lack of use.
So, faith is like a muscle and needs to be exercised.
Faith is the gift of God. It is not of ourselves; we receive it from him. It is the special work of the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to who Jesus is and to show us our need of him and to create within us the capacity to trust him. He gives you a new heart, the gift of faith.
But Jesus’ question in Luke 8:25 makes it clear that you can have this gift of faith and never use it. “Where is your faith?” he asks the disciples, after a storm blew up as they were rowing across the lake. Jesus had been asleep in the back of the boat, and the disciples panicked! But Jesus awakens, calms the storm, and then asks, “Where is your faith?” In other words, “Why aren’t you exercising the faith I have gifted to you?”
From this account, we learn three ways to exercise faith.
Faith Factors in the Ability of God
The disciples had already seen remarkable demonstrations of the power of Jesus Christ. They had seen his power over disease, demons, and death. The problem was that, although they know the power of God, they were unable to make a connection between the ability of God and the situation they are facing. The looked at the situation in purely secular terms.
Where do you need to factor in the ability of God? Is it loneliness? Spiritual blindness of a member of your family? A health issue? Marriage? The battle of living an authentic Christian life? The fear of being different?
The problem is that you evaluate the problem in purely secular terms. But have you factored in the ability of God?
The living God is the God of the impossible situation. With God all things are possible. Faith factors in the ability of God. Where is your faith?
Faith Submits to the Sovereignty of God
As soon as we talk about the ability of God, we face some serious questions.
We rejoice in stories of God’s miraculous intervention in people’s lives to bring salvation, deliverance, and healing. We know that God is able to do these things. Our question is why, if he has the ability, doesn’t he always do it?
Faith factors in the ability of God, but it does more than that. It also submits to the sovereignty of God. And if you factor in the ability of God without submitting to the sovereignty of God, you will soon find yourself in all kinds of confusion.
God has never promised a storm free life. Whose idea was it to go to the other side of the lake? “One day Jesus said to the disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake’” (Luke 8:22).
Following Jesus’ command led them right into a storm! It will sometimes be like that. There are many situations where life would be easier if it was not for Jesus. Christ never promised fair weather sailing, only that we would arrive at the destination.
Some people have got into great difficulty here over the whole matter of prayer for healing. They imagine that somehow we have to persuade ourselves that healing will take place. That is the difference between biblical faith and the psychology of positive thinking. Some Christians have gotten these two things completely confused.
Positive thinking it all about mind over matter. The power comes from inside me. I make the change.
Biblical faith is about the power of God over matter. The power comes from God. God makes the change.
That is why biblical faith must submit to the sovereignty of God because no power in the world is going to make God do what he does not want to do!
Biblical faith factors in the ability of God, for whom all things are possible, but at the same time submits to the sovereignty of God, who does whatever he pleases, and there is a place in his plan for storms as well as still waters.
Faith Trusts Intentionally in the Goodness of God
I want to emphasize this word intentionally. Faith is not something that works automatically.
A lot of people have the idea that faith is like a thermostat, that it works automatically. We feel that if we have faith, then when some great crisis comes, our faith should click in automatically.
Now you only need to look at this story to realize that this is a complete fallacy. If faith worked on automatic, then it would have clicked in when the storm blew up on the lake, and the disciples would never have been in difficulty.
But when Jesus asks them, “Where is your faith?” his question makes it very clear that faith works on manual. You have to put it into operation. When that happens, the world will begin to wonder what makes you different.
The Prescription for Faith
What is the prescription for the person whose doubts arise from not exercising faith? There is only one answer to this condition, and that is the spiritual discipline of service.
Some of us have been splashing around in the shallows of faith for too long, and more than anything else you need a man or woman-sized challenge that is going to stretch you beyond your limits, push you outside your comfort zone, and give you something in which you need to trust God like you never did before!
Christ asks, “Where is your faith?” If your answer is, “Not being exercised,” then it is time for you to ask the question, “Lord what do you want me to do?”
I have a letter that I will treasure all my life. It was written by a college tutor, who was giving me counsel when at the age of twenty-two I had been invited to become pastor of the church my wife and I served for sixteen years in London. I had asked him for his advice, and this is what he wrote:
If you take on this task, you will find that you are out of your depth, and you will find that you prove God in ways that you never thought possible.
Christ calls us out of our depth. He invites us to launch out into the deep. The storm may be raging, but if you are where Christ has called you to be, and you are doing what he called you to do, he will bring you through it by faith.
Because faith without works is dead. (James 2:17)
Christianity is at its heart a very practical religion. The teachings of Jesus, essentially, are about how we should relate to one another and to God. Jesus’ teachings effectively are a manual for how we are supposed to operate in this world.
That makes Christianity a very simple religion to understand, but a hard one to follow. We are called to love others and forgive freely. Admittedly, that isn’t easy. That is why people like to turn the Christian conversation to things that don’t matter.
“Do you go to the right church?”
“How often do you go to church?”
“Look at me! I have a bumper sticker/tattoo/necklace which advertises my Christianity. Do you?”
“Do you talk about Jesus on your Facebook page? I do!”
Unfortunately, those are all just distractions. Where you go to church, how often you attend and what you wear just doesn’t matter in the Christian walk. And it is irrelevant whether you are advertising your faith on social media.
What matters is how you treat other people. What matters is how you treat God’s creatures and the earth. However, being nice all the time is challenging. Doing the right thing sometimes is hard. And it isn’t easy to turn the other cheek and be kind to someone who has hurt your feelings.
So, we’d rather prattle on about Jesus on social media and think that our public display is sufficient. It isn’t. That isn’t even the point.
The hard part of the Christian walk is that it often calls for us to do what we absolutely don’t feel like doing. For instance, if you really want to follow Jesus, you should be visiting people in prison. You should be feeding and clothing the poor. You should be forgiving every person who has wronged you or upset you.
And after you’ve done all that, for heaven’s sake don’t brag about it. Be satisfied knowing that God sees your good works. That is the real Christian walk. It is no small wonder that we’d rather post “I (heart) Jesus” on Facebook and call it a day.
Putting our Christian faith into practice isn’t easy. I’ve never known anyone who does it perfectly. I’ve known pastors, theologians, and even just regular folks who wear their Christianity on their sleeves. None are consistently kind, forgiving or generous people. And all, on occasion, can be judgmental or rude. That is because they are all human, and they all have failings.
The good news is that being a follower of Jesus doesn’t require perfection. It simply requires that we try.
Below are some practical ways to put your faith into real action. Consider incorporating them in your life, and see your Christian walk become more meaningful.
Help someone who you don’t know.
We all help our blood relations. We may help our parents, siblings, or aunts and uncles. And we certainly help our children! That is to be expected.
But there are many vulnerable people in this world who have no one to help them. And as Christians, we are called to help those people. Unfortunately, doing that makes us uncomfortable. So, we come up with excuses:
“That person has made bad choices in life. That is why he or she is in a pickle. Why should I help him?”
“That person lives in a foreign country. Shouldn’t I really be helping people in my own country?”
“Shouldn’t his family be helping him? I don’t need to get involved.”
We are called to help the poor, the hungry, the hurt and the lonely. Period. We aren’t asked to make an assessment as to whether they are deserving. That isn’t our job. So, if you want to put your Christianity into actual practice, help someone who you don’t know.
It is easy to react aggressively when we’ve been offended. Yelling, ranting and insulting others are behaviors that make us feel powerful. Similarly, shunning and ignoring others are passive-aggressive behaviors that likewise makes us feel powerful. All those behaviors make us feel like we have some power over the person who has upset us.
However, none of those behaviors are peaceful. And as Christians, above all else, we are called to be peaceful. We are called to be peaceful, even if someone has been rude to us, hurt us or insulted us.
As Christians, we also are called to fight against injustice and defend the oppressed. We just are asked to do that in a peaceful manner, as well. And that is difficult! It is a lot easier to yell at people and tell them off. It takes maturity and wisdom to address injustice in a quiet and reserved manner.
That is why Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. are famous. They were peaceful even in the face of extreme injustice. As Christians, we are called to do the same. We are called to peacefully respond to injustices in our own lives, and in the lives of others. We aren’t expected to ignore the unfairness of life. We simply are asked to respond peacefully.
Don’t judge others.
We all struggle with the desire to judge others. Even many of our churches judge people. They judge people based on a person’s sexuality, or whether they are divorced. Being judgmental is a temptation for everyone.
However, as Christians, we are not called to judge other people. Judgment is God’s job. Our job is to love other people. And we can’t love others if we are spending our time coming up with lists of all the ways that they aren’t good enough.
I am related to certain people who profess to be very devout Christians. They wear their Christianity on their sleeves. But they are so profoundly judgmental of others, that they cannot love other people. They can’t have relationships with and be kind to people who don’t hold the same beliefs that they do.
The problem with that attitude is that we are all flawed. For example, I might be able to judge someone because they are financially irresponsible, whereas I am careful with money. But I cannot judge anyone for being impatient because I have issues with patience! And frankly, I’m in no position to judge anyone for any reason. That is because I am a flawed human being in need of God’s forgiveness, like everyone else.
Now, of course, judging others feels good! If I can spend my time identifying your flaws, then I don’t have to deal with my own. But as Christians, that is the opposite of what we are called to do. We are called not to judge. Rather, we are called to forgive and to love others. And we are called to work solely on ourselves, so that we can be more in line with who God would like us to be.
Ultimately, if we really want to put our Christianity into practice, we have to do what is uncomfortable. We have to help people who we don’t know. We have to be peaceful when we are angry. And we have to stop running around judging others. None of that is easy. But while the Christian path isn’t an easy one, it is a path that will lead you to the best life possible.
Editor’s Note: This inspiring article is a Selah Award Finalist.
We’ve forgotten how to disagree with each other. Having a difference of opinion doesn’t make us enemies. It doesn’t mean we hate each other. And it doesn’t mean we can’t be friends.
Yet anger tends to bubble to the surface and burst as soon as someone reveals opinions that differ from ourselves, or even the majority. Or, when terms like intolerant, bigot, and close-minded are tossed around. Add to that the boycott parties on Twitter every time someone gets angry at a company for their charitable contributions or disagrees with the owner’s beliefs.
The truth is, Christianity isn’t politically correct. Are we short-changing God’s Word to feed the itching ears of our social media audiences? Do we stick to noncontroversial topics so we don’t have to take a stand?
Or worse, do we change our viewpoints depending on who we are around? Is some sin OK if we’re with our close friends but not OK when we’re in public?
How many times do I silently applaud those willing to face the criticism and backlash from the opposing view while I sit comfortably behind my iPhone screen, safe from controversy?
We cry out for open discussion until someone’s opinion differs from our own. Then we form a wall around our heart with a big, handwritten sign saying, “You’re Not Allowed.”
So how do we break this cycle and pursue godly relationships that empower and encourage each other?
We practice the element of platinum faith that responds instead of reacts.
‘Platinum Faith’ Responds instead of Reacts
Platinum is a noble metal, which means it doesn’t react with other metals. If you place platinum and gold in the same bowl, they don’t suddenly change into a new compound. In a sense, you can say that platinum is self-controlled.
Conversely, some elements are not “self-controlled.” Iron Pyrite, aka Fool’s Gold, is such a metal. It is always unstable, either being created or destroyed and can cause spontaneous combustion.
People are often either like platinum or like iron pyrite. They are either calm and even-tempered, or they have a short fuse and quick temper.
“Fool’s Gold Friends” leave us walking on eggshells around them.
“Platinum Faith Friends” allow us to be vulnerable and transparent without fear of retribution. They are safe places and love us for who we are, even if we differ in our opinions.
Reactions Can Save Us
That said, reactions are not all negative. In fact, reactions can save lives. Like if you slam on your brakes to prevent a car accident, perform the Heimlich maneuver on a person who is choking, or lurch for your child before she topples down a flight of stairs.
Some of our reactions are instinctive and grossly unguarded, like reaching out your cupped hands to catch your baby’s spit-up. Some are the result of practice and training, like administering CPR.
But while reactions can save us, they can also destroy us.
Reactions Can Hurt Us
How many times have you regretted something you’ve said? Have you ever lashed out when someone hurt your feelings? Whether it’s in a business setting or a discussion amongst friends, reacting in a negative manner can have disastrous consequences.
Our dependence on digital communication is both a blessing and a curse. It allows us to share our opinions quickly from the safety of a computer screen. Conversely, it can also allow us the time to think about our response before firing back.
When we practice the spiritual discipline of self-control, we respond to situations instead of acting upon our first instincts. Instead, we allow time to pray, seek wise counsel, and communicate more effectively.
We can’t control the actions of others, but we can control how we respond to the situation.
3 Ways to Practice Responsiveness
1. Train yourself to take a deep breath before speaking.
Give yourself the time and space to think before answering a question or responding to someone. When we fly off the handle, we miss the opportunity to look at our options carefully and to think through various outcomes.
James 1:19 instructs us to be quick to listen and slow to speak and become angry because there is power in our words and anger doesn’t produce righteousness.
2. Write down your thoughts and walk away from them.
Hitting the send button on an email too early can send a shockwave of panic through your belly. Sometimes writing out a response in a Word document or a journal can help you think through what you want to say.
Then you can go back through the message and make sure you’re conveying the message you want to send instead a message full of emotions that you may regret.
3. Repeat the phrase, “You might be right.”
In an email newsletter from Jon Acuff, he explained why saying that phrase can help you end an argument, or even prevent one from happening in the first place.
There is nothing more disarming in the heat of an argument than to admit that the other person might be right. Instantly, you’ve humbled yourself and given the other person a chance to save face. I Peter 5:6-7 says to humble yourself before God so that He will lift you up in His time.
We’re so obsessed with being right that we force our way to the top of the proverbial mountain, beat our chests, and yell, “I’m the king of the hill!” Then we take a look around and realize our mountain is a foot off the ground, and no one is listening.
We are called to love each other and to love each other means we’re willing to be wrong. Willing to show grace. Willing to put the other person’s needs in front of our interests.
The Bible says not to be quickly provoked in our spirits, for anger resides in the lap of fools (see Ecclesiastes 7:9). Practicing the aspect of platinum faith that is self-controlled means instead of reacting in anger, we respond in love.
By doing so, we can truly show the life-changing love of Christ through our actions and strengthen the relationships that matter so much to us.
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Undergraduate: CNS130 Introduction to Christian Counseling
Graduate: CNS530 Introduction to Christian Counseling
Course Description: This course provides an overview of the need for Christian counseling in the church, how it should be integrated into the church, and the basic tenents of Faith Therapy, a type of Christian counseling derived directly from and based on the Bible. It includes a psychological understanding of the process of salvation by faith, winning the trial of your faith, how to increase faith, how to assess faith, and how to apply it to meet our deepest needs for self-worth, significance, security, and love. It also describes models for conquering the common problems of low self-image, pride, selfish desires, strife, fear, spiritual oppression, lust, and for developing healthy attachment. It is easily taught and applied in churches because it is completely based on the Bible.
Text Book: Faith Therapy by Dr. Reiner
Additional Graduate Text Book: Search for Significance by Robert McGee
IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE YOU MUST MEET THESE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
1. Read and underline important passages and insights in the textbook Faith Therapy.
2. Watch each video while referencing the book and take any additional notes not covered in the textbook. Prepare for the open book final examination.
3. Write a 3 page paper on the development of faith in your own life. Tell what experiences led to or increased faith in your life.
4. Write a 5 page paper applying the principles of faith to one of the particular counseling situations described in the book. Although reporting on work with an actual client is encouraged (keeping the identity confidential), the student may discuss how he or she would apply these techniques to his or her own life or to helping a friend. Do additional research on the subject with at least three references other than the Bible.
5. For graduate credit, students are required to write an additional 5 page paper on how they would integrate faith with his or her theory of counseling. Be sure to answer the question as to how the application of faith would be used in treating specific psychological problems. How would the body, flesh, soul, and spirit be affected? Use Bible verses to defend your position. Cite at least three additional references.
6. Take the open book test that will be E-mailed to you when have completed the papers. You may use your notes, book, or the videos for reference.
7. Submit your papers and final examination to Word of Life Institute for grading.
Lesson 1: Faith Therapy – Presents a description of the need for and the application of Faith Therapy in the Church.
Lesson 2: A Biblical Foundation – Explains the process of salvation by faith from a Biblical and psychological basis.
Lesson 3: Biblical Faith – Describes the basic principles of faith and the analogy of the “trial of your faith.”
Lesson 4: Faith and Self-worth – Explains how to use faith to overcome problems of low self-worth.
Lesson 5: Faith and Significance – Explains how to use faith to overcome problems of significance.
Lesson 6: Faith and Security – Explains how to use faith to overcome insecurity and discusses the principles of protection from catastrophe and how to have a happy life.
Lesson 7: Faith and Love – Explains how to use faith to overcome problems with love and attachment.
Lesson 8: Overcoming Self-image, Pride and Selfish-desires – Provides Biblical models for using faith to overcome these problems.
Lesson 9: Overcoming Strife, Fear, and Spiritual Oppression – Provides Biblical models for using faith to overcome these problems.
Lesson 10: Healthy Attachment and Lust – Provides Biblical models for using faith to overcome these problems.
The subject of faith is one that means different things to different people. To some it can be attached to a religion, to others it is something that is practiced but may not be formally categorized as “faith”. I contend that being intentional about the proactive exploration and application of faith is a practice that institutions and instructors can emphasize to better prepare students for their careers and for life.
Faith is something within you telling you that it will happen, even if you don’t know how it’s going to happen. It can be stepping out on nothing and believing that you will land on something. It is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” as the book of Hebrews in the Bible defines it. Empowering yourself as a student to deploy the power of faith can unlock the doors of your promise and potential.
Faith can not only be considered and taught from a religious perspective but also from a practical perspective. We can tap into it at any given time. It can be intentionally utilized for both individual and collective progress. The late Congressman John Lewis wrote in his book Across that Bridge: A Vision of Change and the Future of America: “have you ever considered that the same power you activate in the midst of adversity can also be consciously utilized to bring forward the kind of change or transformation you would like to see in your own life? In the Civil Rights Movement, we actively and consciously utilized the power of faith to move our society forward.”
He was referring to the intentional utilization of faith. Faith can be consciously employed and deployed to overcome significant obstacles. Faith is a multi-dimensional force that can be channeled and used to prepare you to face the inevitable array of adverse circumstances that are sure to come.
Dr. Marcus Bright
If there is one thing that is guaranteed across career fields and industries, it is adversity. There is virtually nothing that one can do to avoid facing adversity at some point. Adversity can come unexpectedly, or it can be something that was visible on the horizon. It can be something that people have formally prepared and trained for or it can be something that they are blindsided by. There are situations that seem to be bigger than what one has the capacity to face, when “logical” strategies won’t be enough to bail a person out, but there is faith.
The more prepared you are to deal with adversity, the more you will be able to thrive in the face of adverse circumstances. Adversity is a great faith developer. You really don’t know what kind of faith you have until you are tested. Tests and trials are measuring sticks for faith. With every new chapter comes new challenges so know that you are going to be tested. You are going to have pain that you have inflicted on yourself and pain that is a part of the journey. There has never been a great lesson or a great victory without having to overcome a great challenge. The greater the faith, the greater the blessings.
A person who has great faith in the process that they are engaged in can use that faith to persevere through adversity, remain committed through trials, and pass all of the tests that are required to advance to the next level. Adversity causes you to focus on what truly matters. If you could figure it out by yourself then you wouldn’t need faith. Faith is what enables you to move past your previous conceptions of limitations.
How do you tap into your faith to face and succeed against seemingly insurmountable odds? The way that you can overcome the odds and challenges is to believe and staying true to your calling. The faith-based way is to be authentic and run your own race. Everyone has been called for something unique. It is imperative to hold on to the faith that you can do it and will do it. Understand your calling and holding on to it opens the way for the persistence that is needed to achieve big goals.
It will get hard but have faith that you’re on the right path. Faith allows you to overcome those turns that are a little bit harder. It doesn’t allow you to get off the exit quickly. The fear will subside if you keep going. Faith doesn’t retreat. You can use faith in the preparation process and move confidently through tests and trails.
It takes faith to believe that everything that you are doing is going to lead to fulfilling your mission. You have to believe it in your core and work on your mission every single day and trust and believe that things will happen for you. Faith encompasses and requires belief. It is vital for you to have enough faith to believe that you can and will become the things that they are working towards even if there is no proof that it’s going to work other than you believe that it’s going to work.
Faith is like working out, you have to tap into it every day. Faith requires vigilance. It is connected to patience and persistence. It is necessary to trust the faith development process. You have to build your spiritual muscles. Put your faith to work. This involves priming your mind every day. Visualization is one technique that can be utilized to strengthen the faith muscles. Visualize yourself at the finish line. See yourself there already to contend against doubt creeping in. It takes faith to believe that things will happen for you. See it and have enough faith that you will get to the finish line.
Visualization also helps to clarify goals and it presents opportunities for creativity to develop in the journey of devising ways to accomplish these aims. Creating a vision of where you would like to be and fervently believing that that vision will manifest itself is a faith workout that pays dividends, broadens horizons, and ushers in breakthroughs.
Faith can be applied to life’s situations and circumstances. It can be applied to action, strategy, compassion, purpose, dedication, and processes. It can be poured into relationships, partnerships, and collaboratives. Faith is versatile and multidimensional. It can’t be put into a box. Faith can be used as an instrument of deliverance. It can deliver you, your family, and your entity through adversity.
You have been using faith when you may not have even known to call it faith. You have overcome challenges because you had the belief that you could overcome them. You were able to do what you may have once thought was impossible and bigger than you though you had the capacity to get through. That is faith even if you didn’t label it as faith at the time.
Faith is the transcendent force that liberates you from external and internal boundaries. Faith gives you the creativity that you need to navigate around any obstacle, to climb any mountain, and to leap over any hurdle. Utilize the “faith factor” to fulfill your purpose and step into your “Promised Land”. You can do it with faith!
Dr. Marcus Bright is a scholar and educational administrator.
3 Ways to Walk by Faith in Uncertain Times
The past few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a time of fear for many, even me. I’m a full-time evangelist whose work has come to a halt, and I have a daughter with an incurable disease that is highly susceptible to illness. Even as a person of faith, it’s hard not to have fear about these things which are completely out of my control.
This past Sunday my family and I sat down to have “church” in our home like so many around the world. We opened our Bibles to Exodus 16 and read about the Israelites, God’s people who were also gripped by fear after being delivered from slavery in Egypt. They wondered if God would meet their need or if He could even do so.
The Israelites were thousands of people wandering around in the wilderness. There was a limited amount of food, but God supernaturally provided. In the morning, they would awake to manna, a food unknown to them at the time, all over the ground, which they would collect for the day. In the evening, God would send hundreds of thousands of quail to feed the people.
God made a provision but He also had a commandment that each Israelite could not take more than they needed for that particular day. You might wonder why God would not allow people to gather extra. They wanted to hoard just like people in today’s crisis want to hoard, but the reason God gave them restrictions is that he wanted them to trust Him – not week by week or month by month, but day by day.
That’s exactly what He wants from you. God wants you to trust Him. You might be saying, “I want to trust God but I don’t know how.”
Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith, it is impossible to trust God. So how do you walk by faith? I think God gives us three ways:
In times of uncertainty, God wants you to stand on His promises. This includes remembering what God has done for you in the past. All throughout the Bible, God reminded His people to do this act of reflection. Today, in the midst of chaos, you need to remember His faithfulness both today and yesterday so you can rest assured that He will also display this same steadfastness in the future.
Now is the time to turn away from the things that stand between you and God. Don’t allow the enemy to have you walking in fear. God gives us a peace that surpasses understanding.
Our faith grows by spending time in his Word. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. God’s Word has the ability to grow your faith. While you may be distanced from other people, this is a time to dive in further into your relationship with God, letting Him give you greater clarity and peace.
More than anything else, God wants you to trust Him. I know that this isn’t always easy, but my hope for you today is that you will remember, repent and study so that you can lean on Him during these difficult times.
Jay Lowder is an evangelist and founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries. He is also the producer of The Darkest Hour television program and author of Midnight in Aisle 7.