Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without waivering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
HEBREWS 10 v. 23
Perhaps today you might decide to skip a prayer, not Bless your food, skip church, not smile at someone, move faster through your bible when reading, not love your neighbor, miss saying a kind word when it’s needed, forget about God because things are going good, not give thanks, forget about repenting, not go out of your way to help someone because you don’t feel like it, violate a commandment, skip your praising, change your faith routine or eliminate it, be unforgiving…I don’t know. We’re all human. I assure you that God wants to Bless you, so stay close!
I have been praying for you and I fully intend to keep you covered in prayer and your family too. I was looking at the names in my prayer notebook and I was saying to myself: “It’s time for a bigger prayer notebook.” (smile) You should see it. There are names written diagonally, upside down, crammed in every available white space!
I want to talk to you personally about your faith today and to tell you a little about mine. Please, before you consider the story that I am about to tell you; reflect upon some of the things that the bible says about faith. Please read them slowly and these are just a few out of many:
* but the just shall live by his faith (Hab 2 v. 4)
*thy faith hath made thee whole (Matt 9 v. 22)
*So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10 v. 17)
*Watch ye, stand fast in the faith 1Corin 16 v. 13
*Fight the good fight of faith 1 Titus 6 v. 12
*the prayer of faith shall save the sick (James 5 v. 15)
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HIT THE SWITCH OF FAITH?
I saw a friend the other day, whose faith “confidence” I had always admired. Somehow they had managed to become inactive in their faith fight. (and I know it wasn’t deliberate; you see they love God too much!) I thought about something that happened to me a long time ago. I had distanced myself from God without even realizing it! Yes, me. Sometimes a persons’ movement is so slow that only a “rocket scientist” could detect it. Plan B would be to examine ourselves and we will know…if we’re honest.
If anyone cared that I was moving away in my faith walk, they didn’t tell me and I didn’t “quite” realize it either! Well, I sort of realized it but I MISTAKENLY thought it wouldn’t harm me. The days came when I needed my faith and it was like when you try to climb a hill or mountain with rocks and gravel on them and your shoes won’t stick so you just keep losing ground or traction and little pebbles keep falling as you try to get a foothold. It’s a terribly frustrating feeling.
IT WASN”T A DELIBERATE ACT ON MY PART THAT THIS HAPPENED. It’s just that things came up and I had to handle them, or so I thought. This is probably what happened to my friend. Fortunately, I got a wake up call! It didn’t come at one time…it was a series of messages. That’s why it is a really good idea to pay attention to the messages that we get. It’s also a good idea to stay on guard.
I am writing this letter to ask you not to let this happen to you. It can happen quickly and easily; right when you don’t need it to happen
Your faith is not electricity. Just because you hit the switch doesn’t mean that you’ll get juice or an electric current. Some might say you have to pay the bill to keep the lights on. With faith there is no money involved but you have to keep the battery charged, to maintain a current. (Look at some of the scriptures above) Your faith is something that you need to have at “your” fingertips, breath, mind, heart ……(your beck and call)
EVERY SINGLE DAY!
I just want to write to you to ask you to let NOTHING stand between you and God. He loves you greatly and nothing can come between that! You have to know this. You probably do. Good. Sometimes we can miss the mark, even slightly.
I love you, God Bless you and I’ll be in touch! Love Elaine Davenport