The Reality of Faith…
Our faith comes in moments, yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.
Much as a muscle grows through exercising it, our faith is built upon those moments when we have been willing to stand, even though circumstances may have seemed completely contrary, and known for ourselves the result of that unwavering faith. It allows us to glimpse the depth of change and transformation possible (in ourselves, others, and circumstances), if we will only believe. Faith does have substance, and through it, comes the ability to make manifest all that we dare to truly hope and believe for!
Thought for the day
We addicts, especially men (we are much more stubborn than our women counterparts) refuse to accept that we can’t figure it out. We want to understand before we believe. Such is not the way to the Lord Jesus and it certainly isn’t the way to the road to recovery. In order to experience the faith that works…the one they talk about in the Big Book and in the Scriptures we must believe before we understand.
Understanding and wisdom will come in God’s time not in ours!
Am I willing to lay aside my negativity? Am I willing to lay aside my reluctance to believe in something yet experienced? Am I willing to burn my old head tapes that tell me I am forever to be held in the prison of my own mind, bound to continue to do as I have always done? Am I willing to listen and act as if I really believe? If the answer is no, you are in deep doodoo! Say yes to life!
And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not drive it out?" And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." ~Matthew 17:18-20 (NASB)~
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. God gave his approval to people in days of old because of their faith. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. ~Hebrews 11:1-3 (NLT)~
And what shall I say further? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions, Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts.
~Hebrews 11:32-34 (Amp)~