Jeremiah 1:11-12 Moreover, the word of The Lord came to me, saying, "Jeremiah what do you see?" And I said, "I see a branch or a shoot of an almond tree (the emblem of alertness and activity, blossoming in late winter)." Then said The Lord to me, "You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it."
I hear the Spirit of The Lord saying, "Do you have faith to believe that I will do what I have declared I would do? Does My word hold power in your life? I have never failed you or any of the generations that have gone before you. I do not give up. I always complete what I have started. Surrender fully to Me and watch as I perform miracles on your behalf. Choose to believe what I have promised you and let your faith arise!"
Hebrews 11:6 AMP But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must necessarily believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him out.
FAITH... a little word with such potential, such power. At some time or another we've all been told "have a little faith" as if it was as easy as just making a choice. We've all felt that irritation bubble up as we feel like people don't really understand what we're going through. It's not that easy, right? But maybe it is.
What is faith?
The Bible tells us that faith "is the assurance of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality." Hebrews 11:1
Webster's Dictionary defines faith as "complete confidence in a person or plan" or a "strong belief".
To put it simply, faith is believing or trusting in someone or something that goes beyond your understanding.
Having faith DOES NOT mean you will have all the answers.
Having faith DOES NOT mean everything will simply fall into place.
Having faith DOES NOT mean everything will be easy.
Having faith DOES mean that you are not alone! You no longer have to figure things out by yourself when you place your trust in God. You can trust in His sovereignty. Hebrews 13:5
Having faith DOES mean that you can have the peace of mind that God will work all things out for good, even when it doesn't make sense! You can trust the process God takes you through. Romans 8:28
Having faith DOES mean that the trials you face can have purpose and will help you grow! James 1: 3-4
Faith starts as a decision to trust God even when you can't full see or comprehend what is happening. And it grows as you continue to make that decision every day.
Faith doesn't mean you will never doubt or be afraid. Faith means you won't let that doubt or fear manipulate and control you.
So maybe faith is that easy; simply making one small choice at a time to trust in God even when you don't understand.