A few thoughts on faith!!!
What is faith and where does it come from?
I’m going to answer the second question first because what most of us forget or don’t know is….. that like peace, love, and joy, faith is a gift that we are born with. These gifts are instilled deep within our hearts waiting to be opened. As we grow and change we discover them.
One by one the Holy Spirit reveals them more and more in our lives. Remember we are created in the image and likeness of God and God is peace, love and joy.
We are told in Hebrews 11:1 that, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
I also like from Mark 9:24: “I believe Lord, help my unbelief.”
The best way for me to describe faith is to give you examples of ways that we already use the faith we’ve been given.
As a baby you literally took your first step in faith.
Maybe a hand was held out to you but you had to move toward it and It took a lot of faith for you to take your first step.
Throughout our lives we unconsciously use our God given faith:
When we sit in a chair we have faith that it will hold us.
When we turn the key in our ignition we have faith that the motor will work.
When we mail a letter we have faith in the postal system to deliver it to where we are sending it.
All this we do without much thought, but faith is involved.
I’m sure that if you think about it a bit, you will find other areas where we unconsciously act in faith. This faith grew over time as we repeatedly sat in a chair, mailed a letter, started our cars. I think you get the idea.
Well just how do we grow in faith especially about the difficulties we face life. How do we learn to trust that God will take care of all our needs.
We surrender…….yes we surrender!!!
Now what do I mean by surrender: For me surrender is simply taking my mind off the challenges in my life and praying. One way I surrender is to pray with scripture. I especially like Proverbs 3:5
“Thrust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on our own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge God and God will direct your path.
Surrender for me is...the action that opens the gift of faith
With surrender every opportunity is filled with the possibility of experiencing the Grace of God. Miracles happen in this place of Grace.
Grace requires we take the risk of faith and surrender.
Surrender lifts us up above the appearances of our circumstances and brings us peace. For me peace is an answer to all prayers. When I have peace I know God has answered my prayers.
Unlike most gifts the more you use the gift of faith the more you’ll have available.
Faith doesn’t fade, become tarnished, wear out or get used up .
In fact the more you exercise your faith the more it grows and matures. The more you surrender the more your faith will grow.
Faith truly is the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving.
Ellen Grace O’Brian in her book Single Blade of Grass says this about “Faith.”
Once the journey of the soul recovery
is begun in earnest, Life itself
conspires to support us. It s up to
us to learn to cooperate with it.
For one who is surrendered to
God, a change in consciousness is
inevitable. It comes like the
approaching dawn. There is a long
time in the dark, then slowly,
barely perceptible changes occur
until finally the entire landscape of
our life is illumined.