Life is all about choices. Every day we’re presented with circumstances (great and small) that compel us to choose. Will you pursue higher education or start working right away? Do you want to accept your boyfriend’s marriage proposal and start a family or focus solely on your career? Do you want to eat out or save money by cooking at home? Usually we examine the pros and cons, then make a decision.
But sometimes God doesn’t want us to limit His ability to work through us. God often asks us to do “this” AND “that”. To make matters worse, He asks us to do both things simultaneously—the nerve of Him! Now, life becomes interesting because faith is required.
We think, “How in the world can we do all these things at the same time?” In the natural, there really may not be enough resources to do everything. Yet, our God is supernatural and His provision never runs out for those who have faith in Him and are living according to His will. Our challenge is to act on faith.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (King James Version)
We all know we should have faith; but actually stepping out on faith (without any natural guarantees or back-up plan) can seem foolish.Consider the mountain climber who dares to scale a cliff without ropes or a net. That’s crazy, right? This is the mindset of the flesh. Our flesh (our natural mindset) is a friend of the tangible. It believes only what it sees or hears. Our spirit, on the other hand, believes what it imagines. Big difference.
So faith comes by hearing (what is told), and what is heard comes by the preaching (of the message that came from the lips) of Christ (the Messiah Himself). (Amplified Bible)
Because our natural mind believes what it hears, listening to the Word of God is crucial, especially when we are taking a step of faith. Jesus told his disciples if they had faith the size of a mustard seed they could move mountains (Matthew 17:20). When we hear messages that support our faith, our faith increases. When we hear messages that cause us to doubt, our fear increases. So, we truly need to control the person who talks to us the most—ourselves!
Do you realize your mind talks to you all day long? When you think, you actually hear your own voice inside your head even though there is no audible sound. Obviously, your thinking is also speaking. That’s why the Word of God must be in our ears more than our own thoughts of fear, doubt and unbelief.
Well, what are your thoughts saying? Are they saying, “I can’t make it; this is too hard. I don’t have enough time to do what I need to do.” Or are they saying, “I can do whatever God has called me to do. My God is faithful to supply all my needs. I operate in the spirit of wisdom and power.” When our mind is not thinking according to the Word of God, we need to drown out the sound of our own negative thoughts with the audible Word of God.
The faith that comes from hearing the Word of God will convince, renew and transform our minds. Go to church and hear the Word. Download a bible application (try BibleGateway) on your phone and hear the Word. Listen to sermons on YouTube and hear the word. Do whatever you need to do to hear the Word.
Seven Things You Should Say to Fuel Your Faith
- I am a child of God. (Romans 8:16)
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
- God is for me so who can be against me. (Romans 8:31)
- Greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
- God has not given me a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, power and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
- I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
- All things are working together for my good because I love God and I am called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)