Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion
which cannot be shaken but endure forever.
As the mountains that surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forever.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land alloted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.
Do good, O Lord to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart
but those who turn to crooked ways,
the Lord will banish with the evil doers.
What is faith?
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Where does your faith lie? For many of us our faith is in our jobs, our spouses, or our extended friends and family. We need to change our way of thinking and put our faith in our creator.
I think its a safe bet to say that we all worry about our future when jobs are being cut by the thousands every day. We worry about our mortgage payment, our utilities. Sadly in many cases the stress of the financial burdens cause many families to buckle under the load.” In our hurried lives we forget to listen to Gods promise to our faithfulness. He tells us in Matthew 6:25 that we are not to worry about what we will eat or drink, nor the clothes we will wear. He is faithful to provide our needs.
It is a difficult task to hold on to the promise that things will work out when the bills are mounting, and foreclosure is peeking through the window. He tells us in Matthew 17:6 “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted in the sea and it will obey you”
For us to receive Gods promise of provision, we must believe we will receive before we actually see them come to pass. Believe God will provide a way for your bills to be paid, and for food in your refrigerator.
How do we build our faith?
We are told to have a childlike faith. What does this mean? Think back to when you were a child, did you look at your parents like they could do anything? Did you know that they would provide things you needed, that they would feed you when you were hungry? Did they provide comfort when you were scared? They made sure we had warm clothes when the weather turned cool. We had faith that they wouldn't let anything bad happen to us.
Thats the faith he wants us to have.
To believe that if we are faithful and know that if we turn our trust to him, that he will provide our needs, is a strong act of faith. All of us, being human, have a tendency to believe the here and now. What we can see and touch is the “reality” And our minds cannot conceive the thought of an unseen higher power being our provider. Faith is not something that begins and is at completion over night, its an on going process that grows and matures, day after day, providing we let it.
So how do we develop faith?
Faith comes from hearing the message. The message, being Gods word comes from the Bible. Reading the Bible everyday is a great way to grow your faith. To take heed to the words in the pages and applying them your life will cause great growth.
Develop friendships with other Christians, who are rooted in the word. Healthy friendships lead to happier lives. Listen to the advice of others that have been in the word longer than you. God does not judge one Christian as being better then the others. They can, however, offer encouragement when things seem bleak.
Take time to pray daily. With already hectic crazy schedules, you may think you don't have time to add another daily assignment to the list. But think about it, have a conversation with God while you shower, brush your teeth, cook breakfast. The next time you feel like picking up the phone to call a friend to complain about someone, sit down quietly and tell God about your problems. Let God handle the ugly situations in your life, talk to him about it, and he will provide a solution, you just need to take time to hear him.
It all starts with faith the size of a mustard seed. Storms may bring rain, but substance and growth fallow. Things are washed clean. When we are in the middle of a personal storm,wither it be death, job loss, the dissolve of a relationship, things can appear hopeless. What happens after the storm? The skies clear, the winds calm. Our surroundings will seem to take on a new perspective. In the right season, things will begin to grow.