#2: Faith (these are not in order)
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
People are always complaining and wondering why God is not blessing them more. For one thing, they FEEL as though they’re blocked from the promised land, when they’re simply ungrateful. Second, God will not bless them and make them rise any higher in life, because they’re ungrateful and refuse to acknowledge their blessings. I know I’m blessed. Being blessed is not a state of mind or circumstantial thing, it is an eternal state of being. It doesn’t change, only our feelings about it do. What is rewarded is repeated. Since you can’t reward God, what you speak about, and tell God has power. If you are grateful, He will give you more to be grateful for. (Proverbs 18:21)
If you say you’re trusting God for something–pray, thank Him, tell Him and others you trust Him and don’t back down on your beliefs no matter what. (Proverbs 4:6-7) Another way to be blessed is: “Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
You have to trust things you don’t see, otherwise, what’s the point of saying you have faith? Did any act of obedience in the Bible make sense intellectually? Of course they didn’t! “My ways are higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts, says the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:9) The point of having faith, is the doing. Sometimes, you have to simply go when God says “go”. Understanding can wait, obedience cannot. You will have to pay the consequences if you’re disobedient. Sometimes it means not having your blessings. God doesn’t answer the prayers of a disobedient person. “The fervent prayers of a righteous person availeth much”. (James 5:16) That’s a chance I am no longer willing to take.
When I was injured by my “mother” last year, I was told I’d never walk again. I told God I knew I needed to get away from her and asked Him to help me do it. I asked Him for more faith, and to heal me. I didn’t believe that I’d never walk again, because it’s something I love to do and I wanted to walk and dance to glorify Him. This happened so I could share His miracle with the world! It is now October of 2015, and last year at this time, I could barely walk and was 97 pounds at 5’ 7”. I am now 128 pounds and am walking a lot better and can dance a little and run a bit. I am getting better and better every day.
I had to have faith and keep telling myself and God I knew it’d happen. I had to tell everyone else and say how “blessed” I am which was pretty hard sometimes! Sometimes their negativity rubbed off on me or frustrated me. But I praise the Lord I am getting better and better at not allowing that to happen! I’m grateful I am better and remember how blessed I am, and He continues to bless me more and more. The more precious treasure and blessing is YOU! (It’s PEOPLE! Remember that!)
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Love and Prayers Always,