We did school this morning, Bethany had a huge Medical terminology test, plus a lab, then a few quick matching things in Anatomy, a quiz in Journalism and an English discussion. Grace did Government and English, Hannah did a math test, composition and vocabulary. I left the house to go to NIA, there was a Denver Post reporter there taking pictures and the teacher chose the faster routine ever. We didn’t stop moving for the entire time – and I had to leave early to get to dance so I had no cool down. Bethany and I are in the same class this session, we have 8 or 9 ladies dancing, one lady isn’t sure she will stay, but I think she will. Our focus this session is on Faith. Faith in God, moving towards faith in Him. We talked about what faith is not – it is not a feeling, not positive thinking, not a mental belief, not thinking that God exists, not something we put on for the day or cast aside when wanted, not just tucked away in our heart, not trust in promises but trust in the One who made them. Faith is shown by our actions, it is what hope is made of, it is a shield, a protection, the thing that makes us act.
18 Against the odds, Abraham’s hope grew into full-fledged faith that he would turn out to be the father of many nations, just as God had promised when He said, “That’s how many your descendants will be.”19 His faith did not fail, although he was well aware that his impotent body, after nearly 100 years, was as good as dead and that Sarah’s womb, too, was dead. 20 In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter. In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God 21 because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. 22 This is why, you see, God saw his faith and counted him as righteous; this is how he became right with God.
23 The story of how faith was credited to Abraham was not recorded for him and him alone, 24 but was written for all of us who would one day be credited for having faith in God, the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the realm of the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and raised so that we might be made right with God.
Abraham trusted in God, in the promise of God and his faith grew.
John 14:1 “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me.
Mark 11:22-24 22 Trust in God. 23 If you do, honestly, you can say to this mountain, “Mountain, uproot yourself and throw yourself into the sea.” If you don’t doubt, but trust that what you say will take place, then it will happen. 24 So listen to what I’m saying: Whatever you pray for or ask from God, believe that you’ll receive it and you will.
The promises that God makes are to bolster our faith, by trusting Him we grow our faith and when we grow our faith we praise Him.
Ephesians 6:16 Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you from the wicked one.
All day long the evil one tries to distract us with trivial matters and doubts. With faith we can shield ourselves from him, deflect the flaming arrows of guilt, doubt and distractions.
Hebrews 11 1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. 3 By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.
Faith is not a garment
worn when wanted
then cast aside,
it is not safely tucked away
for a rainy day.
It is not a feeling
nor a stirring inside,
it is not what you go to
when all else was tried.
Faith is action
it is where hope abounds,
in Jesus alone
is where faith is found.
Faith is a Divine shield
of Godly protection,
from the desire of the evil one
who drives us to distraction.
Faith produces hope
to anchor the soul,
and hope guides our hearts
to a place safe and whole.