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I (You) HAVE FAITH!

Carol Clemans

http://www.carolclemans.org

In my 55 years of having the Holy Ghost, I’ve heard many messages on faith. Some were uplifting and others created a feeling of (false) guilt. It was implied if your prayers are not being answered then you were lacking faith. Join me in this brief journey of examining the subject of faith.

Hebrews 11 (NLT) tells us, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” Then scriptures list several Old Testament people who received their promise ‘by faith.’

As we continue reading through 11th chapter, all of a sudden the theme of faith changes: Verse 33 – “Women received their loves ones back again from death.————–BUT others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free.  They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.  Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips.  Others were chained in prisons.  Some died by stoning———etc., Verse 38 & 39 – They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.”

It’s amazing to me that God chose to share what happened to these people of faith without even naming them. God saw their faithfulness to Him even in their persecution.  I’m sure they prayed for deliverance, but instead God allowed them to be abused and even die!  So the question could be, “Who had the greatest faith?”

Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary gives a definition of FAITH that has been a blessing to me:  “A belief in or confident attitude toward God, involving commitment to His will for one’s life.” The Bible tells us that God has given to everyone of us a ‘measure of faith’ – the amount of faith that we need. When we comprehend that God is in control of every aspect of our lives, it allows us to completely trust God with the details – but it is a process.  Sometimes, my humanness seems to want to interfere with my faith in God and trusting Him with the details. But immediately I realize there is no place else to turn!  In my humanness, I can only see the past and the present, but I KNOW God knows my end from my beginning.  He knows the plans He has for me and HIS perfect plan will be fulfilled if I’m willing to go through the process of trusting HIM!

Life doesn’t always feel good. Prayers are not always answered they way we want them to be answered. People die. Finances can disappear even when we have been faithful to Him with our life and tithes and offerings. Others can be hurtful. BUT when I look at the above definition of faith, as long as I am committed to loving and serving Him and to His will for my life, I can rest with confidence that all will be well even in adversity – then I KNOW I HAVE FAITH!

NOTE: Carol Clemans is a certified pastoral counselor/Bible teacher/writer. She provides nationwide phone/web cam counseling (636) 448-0121 and seminars for churches & conferences. Pastors Dan Batchelor  & Todd Gaddy are on her Bd of Dir for LIFE ENRICHMENT MINISTRIES, INC. (501c3) http://www.carolclemans.org. Carol provides a teaching/counseling ministry for Pastor Dieter Skowron in Johnstown, CO – http://www.altonline.org. Email: carol@carolclemans.org

(c) Carol Clemans – March 2010

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