“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:1-3)
i don’t think this passage has become so important to me than after today. i began this year asking for God to increase my faith in 2017. in 2016, God took me on a journey that i did not expect to go on or through. He took me through things that i know i couldn’t have taken myself through. 2016 taught me how to truly trust in God. how to trust Him with my finances. how to trust Him with my marriage. how to trust Him in any situation that came at me and my husband. it was a very difficult process to go through. but it was not a long one for me. it didn’t take long for me to let everything go once i realized i couldn’t do it on my own. once i noticed that it was starting to affect my health and my marriage, i knew i couldn’t hold onto my distrust any longer. i knew that i needed to give it all to Him and trust that He would be in control and that He would take care of me, if i just allowed Him to.
that’s the funny thing about trust. you can go on your entire life not trusting someone. holding onto that distrust thinking you are affecting that person. when in reality you are only affecting yourself and those closest to you. when i realized that it wasn’t worth my marriage or my health, i gave it all to Him. when i put my trust completely in Him, i was free. and now, whatever comes my way i know that God will take care of me. i trust Him.
now, in 2017, i need to work on my faith. my faith that is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. yes, i believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. but does my faith believe that He could miraculously pay off my student loan? does my faith believe that He could truly heal the sick? to be honest, its shaky, and i hate saying that. God healed me from cancer when i was 10 years old. i hit near death but God came in and restored me. i know that God can do it. but i haven’t seen that in a very long time. i’m holding onto a faith from almost 16 years ago. i still believe that God can do whatever He wants to. in 2017 i’m challenging myself to truly have enough faith in God to believe that He can truly heal the sick when i pray. to truly believe that He can pay off my student loan debt so that nothing can hold me back from whatever ministry i want to be apart of. listen, this whole faith thing isn’t easy. it is challenging. to believe in someone that you cannot see. but believing in someone that i cannot see has by far been better than believing in someone that i could see. God has never let me down. He has shown up when i’ve needed Him the most. there are very few people that i put my complete faith in.
there is nothing that God cannot do. He loves to bless His children. i challenge you this year, what is it you feel you are lacking? is it trust in God? is it faith? is it peace? is it confidence? take this year to focus on one thing you want to increase. pray about it everyday. ask God to show you how you can have more peace or confidence. let Him show you how faithful He is. put your trust in Him and watch how He will not disappoint you. leave a comment below and tell me one thing you are lacking that you want to work on this year. let’s come together as a community and lift each other up in prayer. let’s make 2017 an amazing year of faith, trust, peace, and confidence.