So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:18
It takes courage to maintain faith. But there is living power in the name of Jesus. The Word says, faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. Therefore, it takes confidence to know who we are as children of God in order to have a faith that endures. As Christians, we are to be most confident in what we are made of in Christ Jesus. Did you know that God formed you in His mind before the creation of the world that you would glorify Him today? Your Father fashioned you to live, breathe, and have your being in Him that you would discover the fullness of your identity as His beloved child.
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.”’ Acts 17: 26-28
We should be the most confident people on the face of the planet if we would truly believe that God, the Creator of the universe, the stars, and everything in it would purposely think fondly of you and I and make us in His image. But we find ourselves living in doubt and fear. We are constantly being tempted to divert the voice in our hearts that tells us we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We are swept away by the temporal pressures of our culture values i.e., our personal economy, our physical appearance, social status, fading trends, and twisted entertainment. It is true that the evil one seeks to rob, steal, kill and destroy the seed of faith that has been planted in us. However, we don’t have to surrender to the schemes of the evil one. Be reminded that God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart. What is of eternal value are people, our continual and ever evolving relationship with God, and His Word. Invest in what He invests in; cultivate your faith.
Faith is both a gift and a weapon. God apportions each one of us a measure of faith and we are to discover how far our faith can take us in this life. Fan into flame the faith that has been planted in you. Jesus is our nourisher. It’s in communion with God that you will discover eternity to be tangible and able to meet your every need. Allow Him to build up your confidence- contend, fight, and stand firm in His steadfast love. Love grants us faith and hope in the midst of the trials and struggles. It’s His love that empowers personal faith to become public. Faith activated silences the doubt and exposes the deceit. A faith resurrected prospers and will not let you surrender to a second rate Christianity. Faith equips you to expand your territory and to take back what belongs to you. And faith gives you the strength to get back up after the seventh fall.
You are a child of the Most High God, what is His is for you to receive. His Word does not return void, so stretch your faith and allow Jesus to envelop you in His mantle of righteousness that the Kingdom of God would be in your heart to bring justice, joy, and peace to all near you. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Speak life and declare the Word that you may have eyes to see the purpose and power of a resurrected faith.
Prayer: Father, I want my relationship with You to be sweeter, that I may continually taste and see that you are good. Purify my faith. May my faith in you be authentically yours. I no longer take confidence in my own strength and I no longer keep my faith dormant. Father awaken my faith that I would experience transformation of the heart to believe in You like never before. Build up my confidence that I may walk by faith in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Additional verses: Heb. 11:1; Eph. 1:4; Gen. 1:27; Ph. 4:13; Jn. 10:10; Sa. 16:7; 2 Tim. 1:6; Ro. 12:3; Ps. 136:1; Is. 55:11; Ro. 14:17; Pr. 18:21; Pro. 24:16; Ps. 34:8; Ph. 3:3