This post was very convicting to me. In my quiet moments with God, parts of my heart reveal my weak flesh and flaws that I can’t hide from. These moments expose areas of my heart that need tending to and areas I still need to grow. I am guilty of not always being open and truthful with who I am, trying to keep it all together so others can’t see. In the end, I am left empty-handed, with the only option to surrender it all to God, allowing him to have every crevice of my heart, burdens and all.
The struggles we go through can seem never-ending in a world filled with evil and deceit. In my trials, I question, do I really give it all to God and where do I keep my faith?Where we keep our faith determines how we are going to make it through to the other side of our trials.Click To Tweet
I can honestly say in my walk with God, my faith has been all over the place. There have been times my faith has wavered, I walked away and I even coward to worldly pressures to follow the crowd. Looking back I can see standing firm in my faith was the very thing I needed during those times–but yet I chose the other way.
These soul-searching moments are when we ask ourselves if it’s so easy to walk away where are we really keeping our faith?
- Do you keep your faith in a Box? I know this sounds silly, but really there have been times I try to put God in a box. I limit God’s abilities by putting parameters on His timing or asking for things the way I want them. Really His divine authority over all things goes way beyond my limited vision. Faith doesn’t always fit neatly into a box. Having faith doesn’t make my life easier or even pretty, in fact, my life can look pretty messy at times. Keeping my faith in a box doesn’t allow for God’s full potential to be working in my life. Limiting my faith to four walls of a box doesn’t allow me to experience God’s greatest blessings that go way beyond that box. To experience the awesome and crazy moments I have to step out in faith and allow God to lead me to where He is asking me to go. Stepping out of my comfort zone takes courageous faith that will always lead me to God’s greatest blessings.
- Do you keep your faith in a Corner? Have you been guilty of only calling upon God when you need Him? I sure have. Life is going well then tragedy strikes and we ask God, why did you let this happen? I then look around and realize the question to ask is why have I been so blessed up until this point? God isn’t someone we take out when we need Him, but a constant presence and relationship. He desires to be in our daily lives, not an occasional passing.
- Do you put your faith in the evidence you see? I have also been guilty of not trusting in God and putting my faith in what I see. Our circumstances can pile up and seem so defeating when our own eyes convince us that our situation is impossible; there is no hope. But then God intervenes and shows up in ways we couldn’t even imagine. I am ashamed that I have doubted that He is able. I may not always understand God’s plans, but I know when we put our faith in His abilities it drastically changes our situations from hopeless to hopeful.
- Do you keep your faith locked up? Have you been guilty of keeping your faith so tightly locked up you don’t ever let it out for others to see? I have been one to coward to worldly pressures and persecutions. I’ve kept my mouth shut when I should have spoken up. All for what? At the expense of me possibly feeling embarrassed or not part of the crowd? I am ashamed of my response because I know Jesus would never turn His back on me and yet I turned my back on God. Can you relate? Keeping my faith locked up doesn’t allow others to see the light of Jesus or allow God to have all of my heart. What’s the point in having faith if we never let it out from being shackled?
- Do you keep your faith in your heart? The only time I have ever been able to stand firm in my faith is when I have kept faith in my heart where it can grow and prosper. God never intended for us to keep our faith hidden under a rock, but transparent for others to see–all for his glory. Our faith isn’t just for our own benefit but for others to experience the love of Jesus. Our faith is no good when we keep it to ourselves, it’s meant to be shared with others. Keeping our faith at the center of our hearts allows God to grow us in ways we couldn’t imagine.
Faith isn’t faith when we keep it in a box, in a corner or shackled up in chains. Faith is trusting God in advance. These questions have challenged me, where do I really keep my faith and is my faith evident in my life? How about you? Can you relate?
Where do you keep Your faith and is your faith evident in your life?
Have you ever walked away from your faith?
Don’t worry you’re not the only one who has abandoned their faith. Join me next week as we take a closer look at the disciples who also wavered from their faith.
Keeping our faith no matter what our circumstances allow us to experience God’s greater blessings waiting on the other side. Stay faithful, I promise God always has something better and greater on the other side of our trials. You are loved!
Did you like this blog post? Please share with others! If you would like more encouraging messages sent right to your inbox, Subscribe to my blog to receive a FREE e-book “Esther: God’s Plan for Victory” or like my Author Facebook page to catch the latest posts.
I would love to hear from you! Leave your comments below!