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When everything is going wrong, call upon your faith
When everything in the world seems to be against you and everything you can do, is still not enough – when the facts are against you and your circumstances are overwhelming – you have one very powerful weapon that will help you endure and assures complete victory…you still have your faith. 1 John 5:4 says, “For Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”
The problem with faith is that it is absolutely senseless and totally unreasonable. You would have to be an unreasonable person to even attempt to operate in faith and the act itself is senseless. Let me explain my position.
Faith and reasoning border each other but never overlap. When you leave one you enter the other. Where reasoning ends, faith must begin, and where faith ends, reasoning will begin. Reasoning relies on inferences and logic using information gathered from our senses and processed in our brains. Reasoning is overrated. I have seen far too many men and women miss out on salvation and many of the wonderful blessings of God because of reasoning. They are ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 3:7).
When Peter walked on water as Jesus bid him, he did so in faith. It was unreasonable for Peter to attempt defying the laws of physics. As a fisherman, he knew walking on water was an impossible feat. Peter didn’t care about physics at this moment; he abandoned his reasoning and walked in faith because Jesus said he could. Faith will cause you to act in ways that are senseless and unreasonable. However, when Peter’s senses began to notice that the winds were picking up and the waves were growing fierce, he began to again reason within himself…he was in danger. Once he began to reason, his faith came to an end and he began to sink and drown. When Jesus caught him, He said, “O thou of little faith, why did you begin to doubt?” The reason is simple: Peter abandoned faith and began to rely on reasoning and his own understanding. He understood that walking on water was “impossible.” You cannot operate in the things of the spirit through your senses, feelings and reasoning. You must crossover on the bridge of faith. Peter did not have access to the impossible through reasoning. Your only access to the impossible is by faith. If your situation is impossible, hold onto faith.
According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. A reasonable person cannot compute hope because their evidence must come through their senses. They can’t hope, they must see.
When I speak of faith, I speak of faith in God. You can put your faith in a lot of things, but Jesus Christ is the only one who can save you. Be careful in who or what you put your faith. I support our president, but my faith is in the lord. I like myself, but I put no confidence in my own flesh. Money is good, but it in God will I trust. Education and degrees are awesome, but it is God who orders my steps. When I feel overwhelmed or out maneuvered I will look unto the hills from where my help comes, my help comes from God. We must have faith in God.
If you want faith, ask God for it and seek the kingdom of God!
Faith is a persuasion of the mind that comes through knowledge of the word of God. However, faith is not merely knowledge. You can quote every scripture in the Bible and still not have faith. Faith requires you to act on it in order to bring it to life. Faith without works is dead. We must act on our faith and live what we believe. However, often the act required to release your, faith does not pass the “prudent man” test. In other words, when you attempt to operate in faith, you run the risk of looking foolish, senseless and unreasonable. Imagine how foolish Noah looked building an ark when there had been no rain for years; or how unreasonable a 99-year-old Abraham was to trust God for a son. Just lifting our hands in prayer, singing praises to God or even going to church on Sundays can make us look foolish in a world with no appetite for the things of God.
If you already know Christ as your lord and savior I challenge you to be bolder in your faith. Let your light shine. If you don’t know Christ and find yourself at a crossroads where you need some hope and love, let me introduce you to a man named Jesus.