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cropped-rose-white-and-pinkHebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”

Colossians 2:6-7, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as LORD, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness”

My brethren, faith is never meant to be a one-time experience and it is tempting to fall into that trap because we put so much emphasis on being saved by faith. We talk about accepting Christ, receiving Christ, trusting Christ, and giving our heart to Christ. We challenge people to respond in faith to the gospel invitation. This is well and good, but sometimes we leave the impression that having been saved by faith, the rest of life is up to us. Not so! The same faith that saves us is the faith that carries us from day to day as we make the journey from earth to heaven. That’s why the Bible says, “The righteous will live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4) and we are told that the gospel reveals a righteousness that is “by faith from first to last” (Romans 1:17).

The whole Christian life is a life of faith. We are saved by faith, kept by faith, and we walk by faith, endure by faith, rejoice by faith, serve by faith, love by faith, sacrifice by faith, pray by faith, worship by faith, and we obey by faith. We get married by faith, and we have children by faith. All that we do, we do by faith. So, with that said I would like to share with you today a poem entitled “Faith”. If you’re a born-again believer in Christ, it would be my sincere desire as you read this that you will be blessed and encouraged to step out and increase your faith in service for Jesus Christ, our Savior, Redeemer and Lord. Enjoy!

Increase our faith so we may see
What you’re doing in our lives
And all that we’ll accomplish in you
So our faith begins to rise

We need to be reminded, Lord,
Of the small mustard seed
And how the same amount of faith
Moves mountains if we believe

As we walk in pure obedience
With confidence in you,
Our faith begins to grow and flourish,
Bearing more abundant fruit

We must go beyond the limits
Of our comfort zones,
Our faith is activated at those times
When we walk into the unknown

For it’s when the safety net is gone,
We realize we need our Lord,
When there’s nothing left to fall back on,
We must lean on God much more

And faith is released in our hearts
As we bend our knee to pray;
We shall be strengthened as we walk
And commit to Him each day.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Further reflection:

The 12 spies who were sent out by Moses scouted the land of Canaan for 40 days. When they returned, all but Joshua and Caleb gave this pessimistic report, “We were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 13:33). These faithless ones saw only difficulties and defeat. Yes, the giants were great, but wasn’t their God greater? How could they so easily forget the way God led them through the wilderness? The 10 spies who were filled with doubt died in the wilderness. We know that Joshua led the people into the Promised Land. But what about Caleb? God blessed him and brought him into the land too because he had a different spirit and followed Him wholeheartedly (Numbers 14:24).

Think for a moment of two balloons. One is filled with carbon dioxide and cannot rise. However, the other balloon is filled with helium and immediately goes up in the air. So too, if our hearts are filled with doubts and fears, we will not be able to rise in faith to do what God wants us to do. My friend, we need more Caleb’s, willing to follow the leading of the Lord because they are filled with His Holy Spirit. Are you a Caleb of faith, or are you among the doubters who always see the giants of difficulty.

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to God alone,
Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries, “It shall be done!”

Fear sees the obstacle; Faith sees the opportunity