Faith in a Faithless World
As a little girl, one of my favorite hymns was “Have Faith in God”. Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely. He sees and knows all the paths you have trod. Never alone all the least of His children. Have faith in God when all else fail about you… I remember Leonard Havard belting that song out on a Sunday morning, and I even remember singing that song out loud when I was by myself.
Faith. What is faith? What does it mean to have faith?
Hebrews 1:1 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith is the basic ingredient in a relationship with God. Faith is the connecting power to God and to the spiritual realm.
Without faith, the Christian life is not what God intended it to be.
Matthew 17:20 says that if you have faith of that of a mustard seed, you can say to that mountain move, and it will be moved into the sea.
I remember one time when my kids were teens, and we were having a tough teen crisis. I went into Christy’s room, and I prayed over her. I told God that I did not get that Scripture, but that surely, I had faith of a mustard seed. I asked for God to remove that mountain.
We go through so many dark times in our lives. We feel so helpless. We feel so all alone.
One of my first alone moments was when I was six months pregnant with my second child, and my husband did not know if he wanted to be married anymore.
We think of some of the strangest things when we are in darkness. I was concerned then that if I died, I would not have anyone to be buried by me. I would be alone. I also was afraid of going through the birth of my child alone.
Sometimes, you feel all alone even when others are with you. They may be there physically, but you know that they don’t want to be there. That is such a painful feeling.
You may have been in a time when your child was seriously ill or overmedicated or on the outskirts of normal living, and you were concerned that you might lose your child. That your child might die… Oh, how lonely is that feeling.
Maybe even if you have lost a child or a spouse to death, or a spouse to divorce… Sometimes it is so hard to just hang on. The thought of ending it all might cross your mind for a moment, but then you banish that thought because you know that you have a reason to live. For your children…
Praise God that we need to live for the sake of our children because some of us would have seriously toyed with the idea of ending it all.
Darkness. Darkness is the absence of light. When it is so dark that you cannot see your hand in front of your face, and you don’t know your right from your left…
Have you ever been there? Have you ever given up hope? Hope of getting out of the darkness? Hope of ever being happy again? Hope of starting over? Hope? Have you ever given up hope?
Turn on the light. Flip the switch. Pull the cord, and let the Light flood the room. It is amazing just how bright the light is when you were in complete darkness. The darkness is gone in an instant, and you are blinded for a few seconds by the Light.
Praise God for the Light. Praise God that He is the Light. He turns our darkness into Light.
He brings hope into the hopeless situation.
If you live life long enough, you experience a lot of stuff. Hills and valleys. Bad times and good times. And you grow. You grow in your faith in God, and you learn.
You learn that you can trust Him to see you through. You can look back over the past, and remember. Remember that He carried you through so many times before… More times that you can count…
With every experience, our faith has a chance to grow. We expand in our trust because He has proven himself to be trustworthy. He is faithful and true.
As we develop that trust, we open ourselves up more and more to Him and what He wants to do in our lives. We develop a real, true, trusting friendship and relationship.
Sometimes we have to just step off the cliff of the circumstance and trust that God will catch us or help us get across to the other side of the ravine.
What are your “go to” Scriptures? Isaiah 54:17 is one of mine: ” No weapon formed against you with prosper.”
2 Timothy 1: 17 “God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Psalm 91 is another that I pray through and insert my name. He does cover me with His feathers. He is my strength and my shield. He will deliver me and those that I love.
In this faith walk, one of the hardest things is to praise Him when we are going through tough times. If we can just remember to praise Him even if we don’t understand. That is like dynamite! It is a powerful weapon against the enemy. Praising God when we are hurting totally confuses the evil one. Praise Him.
Sometimes we have to have faith for someone else because for whatever reason they cannot have faith for themselves. We have to intercede and cry out to God for His mercy and grace and love to be showered over them. Have you ever had to do that?
Once, my dad was really sick. So sick that he lost 20 pounds in a couple of weeks… We had prayed and prayed over him, and still he was sick.
I went over there that afternoon, and I told Mom and Dad that we were going to get serious. I prayed and prayed. When I finished, my mom looked across at my dad and hollered. I mean she hollered at him, “HAVE FAITH!” He was healed.
There was once a group of scientists that traveled to the Swiss Alps in search of a rare flower that had great healing abilities. They found it on the side of a cliff in a place that was difficult to reach.
A little boy happened to be walking by, and they told him that they would pay him a big amount of money if he would let them lower him down the cliff in a basket to get the flower.
He told them that he would be right back, and was gone for a few minutes. When he returned, he had a gray haired man with him.
The boy told the scientists that he would let them lower him IF the man, his dad, held the rope.
The boy had faith, had trust, in HIS FATHER to look after him when he was being lowered down the side of the cliff.
In life, you and I are faced with cliffs and precipices. We sometimes feel like we are in a basket on the side of a cliff, and that someone else is controlling the rope that is holding on to the basket.
We put our trust in God that He, Our Dad, is holding the rope, and that He has our best interests at heart.
He is Our Shield and Protector, Our God in Whom We Trust. He is Our Strength and our Shield, Our Ever Present Help in time of trouble.
Mike and I went to prison last Sunday night. As we were worshipping during the first three worship songs, God showed me that we were to help others get free in Him. Big dudes, really big dudes…
I was to go up to really big guys and put my hand on them, and God would set them free.
Well, we had already anointed all the guys and prayed for them. And, there was a really big guy that had already been up. A mountain of a man. I headed straight for him, and asked him to come back up.
He did. God touched him radically. I don’t know what all happened, but I know that God did a big work in him. After the service we shake hands with the guys as they go out. The big guy thanked me, and you could see the difference in his demeanor. He was at peace. Praise God!!
I have found that when I am going through stuff, God will send others for me to minister to. When I don’t feel like ministering and just want to wallow in my pain, God will send someone for me to share the love of God with. IF I will reach out and touch someone, if I will share the love of God with them, God will touch them. He will also touch me and my concerns. He will heal them, and He will heal me.
Have you noticed that He does that with you? Our healing comes ministering to others. Praise God!
Have faith! Have faith in God.
Faith is a leap into the Light and not into the dark. It is past time for you and me to step into the Light and stay in the Light. Faith!
Faith in a Faithless World