Friday, June 10, 2011

Building Faith

by Donna L. Watkins

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. -- Oswald Chambers

© 2010 Donna L. Watkins - Iris Center
It's easy to be full of faith when we can see the way and when life isn't falling down around us. It's when there is a crushing blow to our hearts or bodies that we have to dig deep for the faith we have stored up over our lifetime. To recall all the times God really did come through. To remember the great stories of the Bible when all looked bleak for many, but God was there because they trusted.

Remember Daniel? He didn't stop openly praying when a law was passed that he should. He faced a death sentence of being eaten lions, but the matter was not an issue for him because his focus was that he was God's alone. Whether he lived or died, he was still God's.

The king didn't get any sleep that night because he realized he had been tricked into the temporary law that had now placed his friend, Daniel, in a position of a death sentence. In the morning when the stone was to be rolled away from the lions' den, he yelled in with all of his own faith that he could muster, asking the question, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?" (Daniel 6:20)

We would be questioning why God allowed the law to be passed, why He didn't stop it. If we don't have our faith tested it will never grow and we will never become who we were designed to be, nor who we would hope to be. We all have within us the desire and ability to be extraordinary. Our heart longs for it and life will give us many opportunities to build our muscles to have it.

Next time you have a difficult situation, instead of grumbling and crumbling, grab the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the verses you need to stand on and chew up and digest until they become part of who you are. Then your faith will be strong and you will indeed be extraordinary in your lifetime.

Recommended Reading
Grumble And You Crumble
Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live

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Seeker said...

Thank You Donna!

Anonymous said...

I so want to slow down and live the life I have dreamed of for years, but it seems that when I start to get close to starting there is a new crisis in the family and I am needed to help. If you can help me to over come these bumps in my life I will thank you.

sharingsunshine said...

Only Jesus can provide the strength, power and ability to overcome. I tried it on my own strength for many years and am finding that it's not the way it was supposed to be. I just started an online video course that may make a lot of sense to you from where you seem to be right now ... so maybe you'll join me on it. It's free and only 30-days. I began over the weekend.

May God give you light as you seek to be all you desire to be and all He made you to be. Love and Hugs, Donna :-)

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