He(Jesus) replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Last year I went through a very trying time in my walk. It was a battle I didn’t really prepare for and when I got injured I became angry. The storm came upon me and I doubted. It didn’t’ just hurt my walk, I sat down refusing to walk with my arms folded and legs crossed. I was no Job. God in all His love, grace and mercy brought me back to my senses and I have been writing a book about it ever since. I want to understand how the enemy was able to deceive me so I can help others avoid the same pitfall.
Today I decided to post a small section of Chapter 5.
“Our faith comes from God. Each one of us was given a measure of faith. Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Jesus tells us that we only need faith the size of a mustard seed in order to move mountains (Matthew 17:20). So how can we lose faith? It seems like we have what we have, because we were given what we were given. If it was that simple Jesus would not have rebuked his disciples time and time again for having little faith.
Faith must be exercised in order to grow. Each time I was challenged with trusting the Lord and I passed the test, my faith grew. If I fail the test, I am not moving on, I am not ready. If faith stands the test, it will grow and each trial will seem a bit easier. That doesn’t mean you will never fail another test, no one will be perfect while we are still in this fallen place. Just as a runner trains his muscles for the race with conditioning and much practice- so we must work out our faith. Since I was no longer using my faith, it was weakened. My lack of faith was not because I was given less, but it was in fact a choice. If I chose to sit on a lazy boy, eating a Twinkie each night instead of preparing for my race, what kind of athlete would I be. What would my performance look like? It wouldn’t matter if I won 1st place last year because I did not continue to condition myself. I became spiritually lazy and undisciplined and as a result, my faith suffered.”
I pray for every heart that see these words. May your faith not fail the next battle. It will come, the enemy never sleeps. We Praise you God that your Holy Spirit is Greater. If we persevere till the end our faith will grow, so we thank you for the trials. Thank you Father for second, third, fourth and twentieth chances. May your name be glorified now and always. Amen.