January 4, 2017 I shared that the Holy Spirit spoke to me that this year was to be a year of faith not fear. Going back through that blog and reflecting on the experiences God brought me through, I can see where I have grown through this experience. Looking through life’s obstacles, challenges and celebrations with the eye of faith, changes everything.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1. It was my go to word for 2017–what would faith look like in approaching financial challenges, how would faith approach a loved ones cancer diagnosis? How would I get my leaking bathroom fixed on a limited budget? I faced all those things and more this year. You probably did so too. Good things happen to all of us, so do “bad” things. It is all about perspective. Faith in God’s sovereignty, His character as well as His loving desire to intervene in our lives takes the”bad” things and as we begin to pray and stand tall against them, fear subsides and hope grows and God’s grace and direction begin to turn the bad into good.
Those of you who are following this blog through Word Press could access the early blogs on this subject on Impart Ministries website at impart.org. Making the change to Word Press was a faith step that was a good thing!
I wrote a list last year of areas in our lives where we would be challenged to choose faith or fear.
Faith for change for yourself or others
Faith to embrace new or uncomfortable circumstances
Faith to embrace the quiet or silent period of waiting for answers to prayers
Faith to embrace God’s No’s to our prayers
Faith to embrace unexpected or surprising health issues, job issues, parenting or marriage issues
Faith to embrace God enlarged dreams that seem impossible
Faith to be the first to do something that will bring change to others
Faith to be the change
Faith to let go of old ways, old habits even when they are good–to receive better ones
Faith to love difficult people with God’s love
Faith to live honestly and compassionately with others
Faith to live with courage to follow the Lord
Faith to confront the areas where sin and the flesh have a hold in our lives
I know this is quite a list. I am sure there are even more that we need to think about. However, as I reviewed this list, I am grateful for the growth I can see in my own life in these areas. I pray that as you contemplate 2018 you will determine to enter in with determination to grow in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing, so it begins by choosing to read, study and meditate on God’s Word this year. It is our dependable, strength-giving, perspective shifting living book of comfort, hope and direction. Don’t neglect it!