So many times we do the work of the Lord depending on how we feel. God never called us to use our feelings, but as Christians in the body of Christ, we are called upon to use our faith. Faith is not a feeling.
Faith is a gift. Hebrews gives us one of the truest definitions of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. With that one scripture we need to ask ourselves, for what purpose are we using our faith. Are we attempting to use our faith to bring about our own will for our lives? If you are, let me tell you what youíre encountering on your journey, youíre encountering pain, heartache, walls, barriers, and exhaustion. Hebrew 11:6 says But without faith, it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that dilliegently seek him.
Youíre using your faith to run a race you werenít called to run. As Believers in the body of Christ we are called, but we are called to a purpose that is for His glory and for His honor. We have not been called based on how we feel and what we know, Proverbs 3:5 tells us that when it says to; Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.
If scripture tells us not to lean to our own understanding, why are we attempting to use our faith to forge our own will. Repeat after me right now, whatever youíre doing, wherever you are repeat this, Lord Jesus, may your will be done in my life for your glory and for your honor. Now say it again! Lord Jesus may you will be done in my life for your glory and your honor. Say it again! Lord Jesus let your will be done in my life for your glory and your honor in Jesus Name!
Faith simply is. Itís not a feeling, itís not chill bumps and itís not your hopes and desires triggered by what you feel. Faith comes by hearing, and by hearing the word of God. If you havenít been in the word of God, but yet and still you are believing God to turn your situation around, are you utilizing faith or feelings?
Brothers and Sisters, we serve an awesome God, he is strong and mighty, he is peace in the midst of a storm, he is strength in the midst of weakness, he is food in the time of lack, he is beauty in the time of pain, and he is there with us always, even until the end of the world. I say those words by faith not by feelings. I praise God with you right now because if youíve decided to finally put down your mantel and pick his up I promise the doors that were shut will now be open. Walls that were once up will now completely fall down, the bible tells us A mansí gifts makes room for him, and brings him before great men. Allow your gift to make room for you, use your gift to glorify God. Use your faith to walk in the path he has chosen for you, because if you go by the way you feel youíre depending on these bones and flesh.
We know the flesh is weak, so if we know that it is weak, and we know our feelings are contained in this flesh, then we know just as we canít trust our flesh, we also know we canít depend on our feelings, thatís why our Heavenly Father gave us Faith. To God be the glory for the things He has done!