As a Christian, a missionary for goodness sake, I thought I understood faith. I thought I lived it. I thought I walked it. I certainly talked it. In reality my words were hope not faith.
I always hoped for the best. Hoped for God's promises to become true in my life, some day. Hope focuses on the future. Faith is now. I had mixed up my words and my heart.
"But without faith it is impossible to please him:" - Hebrews 11:6
Pleasing God, bringing a smile to His face, my life goal. Going after faith, studying in depth, digging deeper, what does the Word say? He's placed the ability to walk in faith in my hands. He says I need it to please Him, so it must be attainable. A realization that the responsibility rests with me whether or not I have faith propels me forward.
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing the word of God." - Romans 10:17
Simple, but the greatest truths always are. Hearing God's Word, the real stuff, straight from Jesus' lips, the Word made flesh, not relying solely on other's teachings. Whatever need I have, the faith to receive my answers comes from hearing the Word of God.
No more if prayers (if this is God's will ...) No more doubt filled words. The prayer of faith, speaking the Word over any situation, changes things. My old words of "if" simply a badge of doubt I refuse to wear any longer.
Determined, I am feeding upon the Word continually. Meditating on the Word, speaking them, the truth sinking down deep. Taking root in my heart, the abundance will produce a harvest of faith. Circumstances around me, won't matter. I know I have all that God has promised me. I am seeing my faith grow, and with it my ability to receive the promises of God to His children.
I know Jesus smiles on me and I'm finally getting it. And the sand on this side of the line feels delightfully squishy between my toes.
Anyone want to join me in this faith splashing journey? Will you splash us today with how a promise of God has unfolded in your life or words of faith to drench us in God's goodness.