I remember doing a deep study on what it means to have faith. After finishing my study, I looked back at my notes, and I was pondering on if I actually had true faith in God or was I just saying I did. I realized that it was just something I was saying I had but I really didn’t. I feel like I didn’t have true faith in God because when He took me through the storms, instead of calling on Him I decided to take things into my own hands to get me out. When I looked back at my notes, I observed that I had faith in myself instead of God. I depended on myself a lot of times when I should have been depending on God. This is when I was determined that I was going to apply my faith in every aspect of my life. Meaning, whatever trials and tribulations that came my way I wanted to be prepared to have faith in Him through that season.
Of course, I’m human and there were times that my faith still wasn’t there, but I understood and knew that I was wavering in my faith so, I would push myself harder to make sure I was prepared the next time. And trust me, there will always be a next time. If you start by growing your faith early on you will be ready to take on anything even in your waiting season.
I feel the hardest thing to do is to have faith while you wait on God. Someone once told me in certain situations you are waiting because God wants to develop your faith, meaning He wants to strengthen it. In most cases, yes this is true; but I think in other cases God is just preparing a blessing for you and He wants to also prepare you for your blessing. That is why we wait sometimes.
What does it mean to have faith?
Having faith means you trust God with your all and you believe He can do whatever he says He can do. When you pray, you trust that God will answer your prayers (Matthew 21:22) and you know that if it isn’t for you God won’t bless you with it. If we look at Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) it says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” This I believe gives us the definition on what faith means and what it also means to have it. We have full belief in God’s plan for us and we KNOW that “it will work out perfect for our good” (Jeremiah 29:11) because we have faith.
How can we apply faith?
I think applying faith can be the challenging part of it all. It’s almost like I just told you I had faith there is nothing else left for me to do; but that’s wrong. I say that because in order for you to have faith you must apply it and that is the only other option. To give an example for a better understanding, if my dad came up to me and told me he has a plan for something that’s just for me and I responded with okay, great thank you so much I believe your plan is dope. Then, I turn my back and plan something else that didn’t go with the plan that my dad said he had for me. Did I really believe my dad or was I just telling him I believed him? That goes perfect with our relationship with God, right? When God tells us He has something planned for us or just to simply trust Him with our lives and we answer with okay; then go behind His back and do the opposite of what He planned for us doesn’t show that you applied your faith.
In the book of Hebrews the anonymous writer tells us, without faith we won’t be able to please God (Hebrews 11:6 NIV).
We must be able to apply our faith, to live a peaceful joy filled life we need faith.
Below I left a few scriptures for you to read if you are looking to read more scriptures on Faith:
1 Corinthians 2:5
2 Corinthians 5:7
Be blessed loves!