The basic foundation of Christianity is the faith we have in Christ. The bible tells us that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead then we are saved (Romans 10:9). It’s a really simple principle that doesn’t make a lot of logical sense. And in my opinion that’s what makes Christianity that much more exciting.
Well, that works well with salvation but not so much with other promises that He has for us. Most of us struggle to believe what He says about us in scripture, yet it’s the same scripture that we use to justify our salvation. For instance, if I asked you right now what makes you so sure that you’re saved you’d probably say it’s because you said the prayer of salvation in accordance to scripture. We are sure of our salvation because the Bible says so! It’s really that simple, no reasoning or logic needed.
The question is, do we take the same approach with every other promise that He has given us? Do we blindly believe, without trying to reason or explain, what He says concerning us in comparison to what is going on around us? Do we really have faith? Do we trust Him?
Take a moment to ask yourself this question and give yourself an honest response.
I have caught myself several times saying that I trust God but doubting every single thing He has told me. I have made backup plans “just in case”! That in itself is a complete lack of trust in God. How many times have you gone ahead of God because you didn’t believe what He has for you? Or maybe you didn’t think it’s coming fast enough so you went ahead and made it happen.
Earlier this year I had my plans laid out; slay my courses, get a part time job that will switch to full time right after I’m done with my finals, and get my own place. Seemed simple enough, until everything I had planned and PRAYED for went in an entirely different direction.
I wasn’t exactly slaying my courses, neither was the job I was hoping for showing up. Actually it felt like rejection emails started becoming the only emails I received, and I started panicking about whether I’ll be able to graduate or if I’ll have to wait a whole other year to complete my coursework.
What happens when it seems like God isn’t answering your prayers? When your carefully laid out plans don’t work out the way you hoped they would, and everything seems to be falling apart? Do you quit? Do you give up on God? Or do you go back to what He has promised you and strengthen yourself in Him?
To be honest, I almost gave up. It definitely is not easy to trust God when everything seems to be falling apart.
The disciples went through a similar situation in Mark 4. Jesus got on a boat with them and said to them to cross to the other side of the lake. The Bible says that they soon faced a fierce storm, and Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat. The disciples were of course panicking and so they woke Him up and said “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Vs 38)
I don’t know about you but I’ve asked Jesus this question as well. Don’t you care that I’m broke? Don’t you care that I won’t finish school? Don’t you care that I’m sick? Don’t you care Lord?
And Jesus responded to the disciples, and I believe that’s what He is saying to us, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Vs 40)
After everything He has brought you through, do you still not trust Him? You’ve seen Him come through for you, you’ve seen Him heal you before, you’ve seen Him take you through what seemed to be impossible situations. Do you STILL have no faith?
He isn’t surprised by what’s going on in your life. He isn’t scuffling around trying to figure out how He can help you. He already knows! Nothing surprises Him. And the great thing is that He already has everything sorted out so there is no need for us to fret.
So what do we do when things are hard and it seems like our prayers are not being answered?
- Study the Word:
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word (Romans 10:17). The Bible is the primary way that God speaks with us. Studying the word helps us to know God’s nature, and when we know who He is then we won’t be moved by situations because we know that we can trust Him. Familiarize yourself with what He has said about you. Know the promises that He has spoken over you and when the storms of life try to take you down, strengthen yourself with those promises.
2. Worship & Thanksgiving:
Worship shifts our perspective from us to the Father. When we worship Him we become more and more like Him, hence shifting our perspective. Being grateful and remembering everything that he has done for us reminds us that He is great and still able to deliver you just like He has done before. What we focus on magnifies, so when we focus on Him we only notice Him and His might but when we focus on our situation it will be magnified as well.
3. Confessions and declarations:
Say it out loud. It is important to declare out loud what God says about you. When you say it long enough and often enough you’ll start to believe it. The Bible says in Revelations 12:11 that we overcome by the words of our testimony, so the words that we speak play a major role in what we believe. In the same way, if we speak negatively about a situation then we’ll start believing the negative things we speak. Be careful what you say to yourself or about yourself, because your words are powerful. Your words can shape your future. So declare the word of God over your life and your world will be shaped accordingly.
What do you do when you feel like you’re losing faith?Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you.
I honour you.