Since I have been a Christian for many years developing a faith walk, I understood how faith worked. As a young Christian faith was a scary subject, but over time I embraced it. When I attend church services and develop good friendships, I excel. These two areas help me to overcome fear during difficult trials. We shouldn’t focus on our circumstances which can be scary like the economy. Yeah, our problems can overwhelm us. Jesus will never leave you. Even though a righteous man falls seven times, you stumble along life’s journey while persevering.
My journey to college
For years, I feared college because I didn’t want to be the oldest student in class. I already completed my general courses. With a leap of faith, my schedule last spring was hectic.
The first two weeks, my body barely adjusted to the strenuous schedule. Monday through Friday, I worked in a call center. At night, school welcomed me though I was tired. In some classes, I saw older students, and other classes I was the oldest student. Soon my routine become easier each week with coffee. Some days were difficult managing essays while researching the information.
Why we need more faith and love
Without faith, we cannot please God. Do you realize how powerful your faith becomes once you activate it? Though I didn’t see my blessing around the corner, God controls each circumstance. When fear creeps into our minds, we doubt. The Devil, the accuser of the brethren wants you to quit so that you never reach your full potential. What dreams do you pursue right now? Would you like to own a business one day? Fear drains potential; if I think negative thoughts constantly, I kill my dream.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 4:11 AMP. Let us read this scripture again. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
Before I ask for anything, my father knows. He counts all the hairs on my head. Looking at my problem, God provides solutions. Someone can have faith that moves mountains, but he or she must walk in love too. Our love covers a multitude of sins. When we walk in love, our faith becomes stronger. Do you speak to your neighbor or walk away?
At church, do you ignore a sister in Christ who might need encouragement? If so, we do not walk in love. Reading 1 Corinthians 13, you learn how God loves the body of Christ. For example, love is patient and kind. It doesn’t boast. Every day I check my love walk. Love never gets arrogant when I think that I know everything.
Most of all, love is patient. When you become weary, you want God to move soon.
We should consider another area that needs attention. My mouth. Do you know that the tongue is difficult to tame? My big mouth had gotten me into trouble a few times when I spoke the truth. I had always been an honest person telling others the truth. Now, my version of the truth lacked wisdom. I complained that my class was loud, obnoxious. Seriously!
I loved teaching children’s’ church, but I became weary. (A teacher became bored performing the same tasks every week for seven years.) Although the other teachers didn’t understand my complaining, I was tired. Each time, I confessed weariness, I felt it. Over time, I learned how to choose my words carefully. Should you consider others’ feelings during a meeting? Yes.
When I remember all my blessings this year, I praise the Lord. Being a Liberal Studies major is challenge because I write various essays. One week, my English Professor requests an essay about Pop Culture. At the same my History Professor tells us to write a response essay on the Reconstruction period. Each professor looks for specific information. My mind receives a work out. When I went to the writing center, I felt frustrated. Despite my fears, I had a lot of determination to succeed. Working hard, I accepted constructive criticism. All the graduate students have skills, and they coach other students.
Similarly, God provides a mentor so that you can develop resources and be successful. You meet a friend at bible study where the class learns about a specific scripture. Your teacher encourages the class to study. After class, everyone discusses the lesson with enthusiasm and make plans for further bible study. Suddenly, you realize how God blesses your friendships, a reservoir of resources in front of me.
You all read my blog post about Danielle. She confesses her healing despite the devil’s lies. Her doctor said, “That she might not walk again.” But Danielle confesses the word over her life. She fights the good fight of faith. Read 1 Timothy 6:12 over and over until your spirit man receives the message. According to Kenneth Copeland our words are a strong force, and we live by faith.
Copeland, Kenneth, “Faith to the Core,” (Sermon, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Ft. Worth, TX December 15, 2015)