Welcome to Motivational Mondays!
First things first, what is Motivational Mondays?
Just like it sounds, to motivate, to empower, and to encourage you on the first day of a fresh week. I don't know about you but Mondays can be a drag for me, so sometimes words of encouragement and positivity are helpful to start my day off right.
Motivational Monday's topic is: Faith is A Verb
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
It is not enough to just say that you have faith, you actually have to actively practice it. Faith is a verb and any word that is a verb is an action word. I think that we sometimes get so caught up in the world that we think just by saying we have faith we think that it is enough for God. I think that comes from our lack of knowledge about what faith truly is.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Having faith can be hard because it is placing our trust into something that we cannot physically see or touch. We have to believe in it and place our trust in God. Faith is relinquishing our control over our situations and allowing God to work in our lives for us wholeheartedly. I think the hardest part for most of us is going to be letting go of control. I know for me I like to have control because I do not like uncertainty, I want to know how the outcome will be, what the steps will be for me to get there, and how long it will take to accomplish the goal. With having faith it is important to know that God always has our best interest at heart. He already knows what we need to survive and what we desire.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
When we do not have faith it is next to impossible to please God because it is telling God that we do not trust him to take care of us. We have to remember what we discussed in Attributes of God because he is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. There is nothing on or in this world that is too hard or too difficult for our God to handle. You have to remember that without him nothing would exist because he is the creator of it all. In God’s own timing he will place us in situations that will better us, or provide us with opportunities that will help us to achieve and reach our goals but too many of us are too scared because it is unknown and outside of our comfort zone.
We have to have faith that God knows what he is doing. We have to practice faith actively and believe. The unknown and the uncertain can be very scary because it is like stepping into a dark room and all we hear are noises. We don’t know what to expect. There will be times where the only thing that God will reveal to us is the end goal or a vision of the final product and it is up to us to lean on him and seek him for the guidance to get there. We should have active faith and stop fighting the process because when we fight the process it takes us so much longer to get to the end result. It is like we discussed in Hindsight Being 20/20 God will only reveal his entire plan to us when he is ready. It is often not until we are completely out of our situation that we are able to see the full picture. That’s when we have those “ah-ha” moments looking back, where we begin to think “if I had done this, or that this could have gotten me here quicker.”
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
When the Bible tells us to “Walk by faith and not by sight” it is speaking volumes. It is letting us know not to center or focus our lives around the things of this world that will have no everlasting significance in our eternal life. We should be focusing and building faith in the unforeseen realities like God, Heaven, Jesus, the promises that God has spoken, and the Holy Spirit. We cannot do that if we are not building faith in God. We must make it our mission to please God in all that we do. We have to fight our natural instinct like coveting possessions. Walking with faith teaches that God will provide to us so we should give freely to those that are in need, and it teaches us to center our focus on God’s unchanging and unwavering word. Actively walking by faith and not by sight requires that we have a change of heart and that we be transformed daily so that we can be truly connected to the Holy Spirit and the truth that lies within the Word.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Actively walking by faith means to stop thinking that we know it all or have all the answers. If it were meant for us to know everything God would have made it that way. It means that by choosing to actively have faith we have decided to live life in the light of the eternal consequences. To obey and fear God more than man, even if it conflicts with the commands that man has. We have to decide to choose the righteousness of God rather than sin, and to trust God at all times no matter what the situations may be. It requires unwavering faith to live this way.
**I hope everyone has a safe and blessed week and I will see you all on Saturday for our Weekly Topic Saturdays**
~Just Breathe...A Golden Dream~