As we continue to focus on our theme for 2018 – Grow – it is important that we strive to grow our faith!
Scripture defines ‘faith’ for us. Hebrews 11:1 says,
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
Faith is about perspective – it challenges us that there are two perspectives from which we can view our day to day life.
Faith provides us a different perspective to what we normally see. It shifts our eyes from the temporal – the things that fade to things eternal. It shifts our eyes from our circumstance to know that we are called of God – we have the promise of eternity.
2 Corinthians 4:8 says,
So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
What a challenge this can be! We see this different ‘gaze’ displayed in a practical sense in a number of places in scripture.
Often though, as we face new things or unexpected challenges, we adopt a perspective of fear. The Israelites faced this same issue as they stood on the cusp of entering the promised land – and stepping into the promises of God.
Fear makes us forget that the God we serve is not confined by the challenges that we face or the circumstances we find ourselves in. When we seek God – praying that he will show us the spiritual realm, we take confidence in Him, and our faith that He will bring his promises to pass.
If you or someone in your family is struggling at the moment with a lack of faith – I’d encourage you to listen along to be encouraged and challenged – and cry out to God align your vision with His. You can be confident that He hears your prayer!