The Fight of Faith

Faith says that the obstacle is just an illusion.

In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said: I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain ‘move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing would be impossible.

In this verse, I see the mountain as metaphorical. It’s that thing that seems bigger than you, the one you thought you can never overcome. The thing that seems unchangeable, unmovable, daunting. The mountain represents the uncertainty of the outcome of a situation, something that is so grossly out of your control it seems as if it is just a part of you. The mountain can be seen as an indestructible obstacle but the Bible tells me that we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37)

Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see.
  -Hebrews 11:1

God has dealt to each man a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) Each one of us has faith, It’s a given. We have all confidently hoped for something that would happen in the future. For example, saying ‘I know that tonight is going to be amazing.’ That’s a form of faith because really, you don’t know that, it has not happened yet. 

Faith is natural, a part of everyday life. If you really think about it, we do everything in faith. We can never be certain about an outcome, but our faith in some things are so strong we already know before we experience it. Whenever I sit on a chair, I have faith that it would hold my weight. I don’t test it first because I have that assurance that it will not break, this confidence in the support of the chair can only come through faith especially if I have never sat there before.

It is where we put our faith that makes the difference. Jesus wants us to have the same unconditional faith in Him as we would have in a sturdy looking chair. We know the chair would do what it is designed to do and would be in complete shock if it doesn’t, God wants us to treat Him the same. 

God is not a man, that He should lie or a son of man, that He should change His mind. (Numbers 23:19) When God speaks we should have the faith to believe that it is so. Without a doubt, in faith, I can speak life into my situation and watch the dry bones live. God has given us power in our words.  Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose. (Proverbs 18:21 [MSG])

Alright, so I have a measure of faith and faith is simply the confidence in things that are hoped for and the assurance of things that are not yet seen. By this logic, this also means that faith is not always a good thing. This is where the fight comes in. I have to fight to stay positive because as soon as I start speaking death to my situation I will reap poison. When I worry or fear, I am confident that things will turn out badly, that I will not get the desired outcome. 

If I am putting my faith in the negative and being pessimistic then I will reap what I sow. Faith is powerful no matter how you use it. When we decide to put our faith in God, in the power of prayer, in speaking blessings and life in situations, even when everything around us seems like it is collapsing. Then we will gather fruit. 

Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love
   -1 Corinthians 13:13

The fight of faith happens because we can’t see what we hope for. We don’t know the outcome and everything just seems riddled with uncertainty. It is a fight because although you cannot altogether lose faith. You can shift your faith in what you initially hoped for from expecting blessings to expecting failure. The saddest thing about that is whether you act in the faith of God or not, the time still passes. 

 So, I tell you: Cast all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries and all your concerns once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
  -1 Peter 5:7

By doing this we can confidently hope in Jesus because there is no fear in doing so. There is no loss in faith because we know that no matter how long it takes God WILL deliver His promises. If we have faith as small as a mustard seed then we are able cast our cares because we know that God will give us a crown of beauty for our ashes. (Isaiah 61:3)

 I want to leave you with this:

We can think of our problems and what it means to surrender them to God using the analogy of an aeroplane. 

Standing on the ground facing an aeroplane, it looks huge. the wing span stretching for what looks like miles. A machine that can hold hundreds of people each with their own luggage. something I could never wrestle to the ground, it is made to enclose me while it transports me from one place to the next.
Standing on the ground looking at an aeroplane in the sky it’s so small, at night you could mistake it for a star. From your perspective, it is no bigger than glitter.

The aeroplane represents our ‘cares’, those worries, anxieties and concerns we have. When we keep them close we can use all our might to fight it but it is still made to enclose us. However, when we learn to surrender them to God its as if we are looking at a plane in the sky. The same plane, nothing changed but the perspective. 

Our problems can be bigger than us but they can never be bigger than God. 

So, all my beautiful readers, pray for the kind of faith that moves mountains. Fight the good fight of faith. Finally, be still and know that with Jesus fighting beside you, you can never lose. 

Salvation Prayer

Through Jesus, we are promised heaven. We are promised an eternity spent with the one who is love its self. To be face to face with the one who created you and I, the stars and the sea. The Holy Spirit, also known as the advocate comes to live within us providing us with an endless flow of love, peace and power from The Creator.

God is gracious, He has given us a sure way into the kingdom. Jesus died because the punishment for sin is death (We all sin, its a part of human nature). So, God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we can be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21). He was sacrificed, bore the punishment we deserved, but He was raised to life again and is at the right hand of God interceding for us (see Romans 8:34) Now, because of Him, we get to live in joy, peace and love. However, this is a life you have to choose.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

So, if this is a choice you want to make, here’s a little prayer you can say out loud:

God, I know I have sinned, 
But I also know that your love is bigger than it all.
Jesus, in you, I am forgiven
and today I want to receive all that you have for me.
So, Jesus, I confess with my mouth,
that you alone are LORD 
No one above or before you.
I believe in my heart,
That you died for my sins 
and on the third day,
God raised you from the dead.
For this, Jesus, 
I am forever grateful. 

If you have made this choice today I can honestly say, it is the best one you have ever made. 
Now, where ever you are, drop me an email, I would love to say congratulations! Further, try finding a church or anyone who you can talk to, its always best to walk this journey with other people. 

You’re blessed!

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