What is it about faith that holds us up as adults? Children are known for their big faith and complete trust. Yet as adults we often lose sight of these qualities.
Perhaps it’s the hard knocks of life that cause it. There are only so many times that others can let you down before you lose your faith in them. All it takes is one death in the family to cancer to lose all faith in the medical system. We are skeptical people and when it comes to faith and trust we are lacking.
Rising crime, terror attacks, pedophiles, stalkers, dead beat dad’s, fallen pastors, drug and alcoholism plaguing relationships, terrible medical diagnosis are all causes to why we lack faith as adults. As little children, we are immune to these problems, usually. We have a rosy picture of how life seems to be.
Friend, just because this world lets us down, just people the people in our lives let us down doesn’t mean that we have to abandon all faith.
All faith doesn’t need to be lost.
I hope that excites you as it does me.
The biblical definition of faith is:
a personal measurement of the level of confidence in what Christ has done and will do in, through, and for us.
I love the illustration given in the Strongholds Discipleship Course book:
Think of a 12-inch ruler divided into four 3-inch sections. If you have ever come to God when faced with adversity, then your faith is a 3-inch ruler. If you believe in God, then your faith is a 6-inch ruler. If you believe he rewards diligent seekers, then your faith is a 9-inch ruler. And if your faith is willing to diligently seek Him, then your faith is as a 12-inch ruler. pg. 161
Basically, how you respond during your trials will determine your level of faith.
The opposite behavior of faith would be doubt.
Doubt is an attitude of unbelief, characterized by rebellion and disobedience toward God.
Are you a cup is half full or half empty type of person? This will be the question to determine whether you are yielding to the fruit of faith or the opposite, doubt.
In all honesty, I’m a half empty kinda gal. I’ve had some hard knocks in my life. I’m skeptical of everyone, I rarely trust wholeheartedly and when faced with adversity I always believe the worst will happen. My husband, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. He’s cool as a cucumber, overly optimistic, always looking for the silver lining and trusts that the best thing for us will happen. I often say that Ibring the reality to any discussion. Ha. Someone has too since he’s a visionary man, right? Maybe not. He definitely has more faith than I do.
Remember that the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)?
Faith is a verb. It requires action on our part.
For salvation, we need to come to God in complete faith in order to be saved. We are justified by our faith.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
But our faith shouldn’t end there, it’s ongoing throughout our Christian walk. That is action.How then do we keep the faith? How does it grow? Does it increase?
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
You can increase your faith! You should always be growing in this area, never be complacent with stagnant faith.
If you are willing to hear what God has to say to you in His Word then you are increasing in your faith. If you are hard-hearted, backslidden or simply refusing to take Him at His Word then your faith will not grow. Instead, you are leaving space for your doubt to increase. Which may, in turn, lead to spiritual death, something I’ve seen happen time and again growing up in a Christian environment.
Yes, life is still going to have its twists and turns. Yes, people will still fail us. You will still feel betrayal. You will still have times of uncertainty. Only God is perfect and only He can satisfy your soul and give you the grace to deal with these hurts. Your job is the action of faith. Keep the faith. Continue to grow your faith. We don’t have to carry on being the half-empty crew. God wants to see us come to Him and continue in the child-like faith we once had. Doesn’t that sound sweeter than the inner turmoil that doubt causes?
Since I just love Young Living and the fact that they have an oil for everything (!!!) I thought it would be fun to give you an oil suggestion for each of the fruits of the Spirit. While we work towards changing our hearts to be aligned with God’s will and commands, there is an oil to help you move closer to that goal. Faith is an oil that supports you in feeling grateful, humble, and fully secure in your place in this world. It can help boost your confidence in God and others! I’ve heard it smells divine! Send me an email to get yourself a bottle!