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Faith In God

     My One Word for 2013 is Faith.  Faith has such a deep meaning to me, connected to prayer, we must strive and work to continue to have Faith in Christ. I have not, necessarily,  have been following the things I had hoped to do, in my 'Year of Faith.' I haven't done the People posts, I haven't read the bible for the 365 bible reading since February... I haven't done much. I imagine, and soon hope to start these things!

    The writer of the Hebrews- most likely St.Paul but not certain who it is- tells us that "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11: 1)  My question then is what do we hope for? What are we certain of what we do not see?   


    When we pray, we hope that in our communication, God hears every word that we say. We hope that God will answer our prayer. Our Prayer of Faith. The best example of Faith, is praying. It fits the writers definition of faith. We hope that God is listening, and we are certain that he is there listening to us. God never lets a word go in one ear and out the other. He treasures every word like a mother treasures her children. 


     In the book of James, James says,Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray."  When we are confused and in a troublesome situation, the best thing to do is to pray. Prayer will guide us. Prayer, shows God that we give up our own will and welcome his. Though his will is not our's it's still better for us. Yes, we may go through trouble, but thats God's will. To make us stronger, to help us to grow in faith in him. 

     Faith is what keeps us going. It is the acknowledgment of God, and believing he is there. Prayer is the helper; our communication with God, is essential to live a faithful, and holy life. In Matthew 17:20 we hear Jesus saying, "...Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.Nothing will be impossible for you." When our faith, is small, Jesus will still hear us, and grant us peace, healing and whatever we ask for.  

     One of my newer favorite things- also my one of my aunts- comes from 1 Corinthians 10: 13, Which reads, "... God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you cannot handle" It is indeed, securing to know this. That God will never give us something we cannot handle. God only gives us things to strengthen us. He gives us these temptations, to rely on him, to give us a 'push' of Faith.


    "...It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace..." (Hebrews 13:9) Such a great event is it not? That we may be filled and strengthened by Grace. Grace which is  explained by St.Paul in the letter to the Ephesians saying, "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved." Grace is the undeserved  forgiveness, love, kindness, and mercy that God shows all of us. For in Christ we are strengthened. Through the grace of God we are strengthened in Faith, Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit. 



     It is in Christ Jesus that we are helped and given life. It is in his belief that we are called his children. It is by our knee that bows to his name we are saved. For our recognition of Christ Jesus as Lord will save us. So let us not hate the Lord for his plan isn't our, but to love the Lord Jesus and to look at the great things He has done in our life. 

    I plan to indeed work harder to increase my faith. My new vision is to read a section of St.Paul's letters everyday. They are so interesting and helpful. I am not sure what else I will do. But for sure I will do something. I no longer have those questions: what do we hope for? What are we certain of what we do not see?   For I know that We hope the Lord Jesus is hearing our prayer and sending us his grace daily, and that we are certain that Christ Jesus, Our friend, brother is there looking after us. For my will, is never as good as God's, and it is my duty to let go of mine and trust God. Not to have hatred, but to believe that God, will guide us always. By Praying, to God, I show my Faith, and in Faith I grow by the Grace of God.  Praying is the best communication with God, and So we must to grow in the way of God!

Pray always for those whom have little Faith!





   

 

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