Monday, February 6, 2012

The Walk of Faith

It seems that lately I have found life to be a little more challenging when it comes to that walk of faith.  I've been talking to God a lot about trust and faith and delving into the root of what those look like for me. They have been conversations between God and I throughout the day, and sometimes I feel like He gives me an answer, other times I just sit there with a frustrated knot of questions.
Yesterday morning as I began my adventure with God I started with my book that I've been slowly working through, The Pursuit of God. The section I read was all about Faith. It starts out with this "Faith is all important in the life of the soul. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith will get me anything, take me anywhere in the Kingdom of God, but without faith there can be no approach to God, no forgiveness, no deliverance, no salvation, no communion, no spiritual life at all." The chapter moves on to talk about what faith is, coming to this conclusion: "Now, if faith is the gaze of the heart of God, and if this gaze is but the raising of the inward eyes to meet the all-seeing eyes of God, then it follows that it is one of the easiest things possible to do."
It shouldn't have been a surprise to me that in church yesterday the sermon was about, FAITH!  And, this morning when I asked God what He wanted me to read He directed me to Philemon 1:4-7 "Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, 'Oh, thank you, God!' I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other Christians. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers."
Then, of course, when I came to our bedroom this morning to talk with my husband he told me that the chapter we would be studying in our Wednesday group from a different book was on FAITH! Hmmm....I have this feeling that God is telling me something!
I did take a step of faith this weekend, actually I feel like I'm taking steps of faith everyday.  But, sometimes, there are steps that are bigger than others they feel scary to me. Risky. I come from a place of never wanting to take risk, never having relationship, always running. Now, it feels like I'm walking this faith line where I'm surrounded with risk, relationship, etc...Wait, isn't there something about fellowship in that verse above? I'm the one that prayed for relationship and in faith I stepped out. I'm the one that prayed to see the heart of God, and with that comes risk. What's the risk? For me the risk is that I will get everything--forgiveness, deliverance, salvation, communion, fellowship, love, hope, courage, boldness, strength, and that He will ask me to use it! And, He has, now I must walk in FAITH!
Jesus, Say That Again, You have given me so much, You give faith too, as I gaze upon your heart. Thank you!

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