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The meaning of faith is defined as belief without evidence; confidence; trust. Those who truly believe have faith in God and his works. Faith is the opposite of worry. Believe and trust in God who cares.  God knows your concerns. Faith is not a feeling but an action, an act of the will. It all starts with prayer. *Prayer is talking to God, telling Him your problems, and trusting that He knows best (Luke 18:16-17). Getting faith is by hearing and hearing is by the word of God (Romans 12:3; Luke 17:5; Luke 12:6-7). Reading the Bible daily can help in building your faith. Voltaire said it best, “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”

I’ve been for sometime now putting my faith into practice. It hasn’t been easy to believe that God will do it if I ask like he would for the next guy. I believe in the infinite power of God. I believe that he sent his Son Jesus to earth to save mankind. I believe the same God that was in flesh God incarnate suffered like we suffered, but without sin and died a cruel, brutal death on the cross and triumphantly raised from the tomb on th third day after his crucifixion. I believe that if anyone asks him of his or her needs he will answer. But when it ever comes to me it was different. God wouldn’t answer. Why I had this stuck in my head it wasn’t good faith. So, this comes into practice. Positive thinking helps in getting God’s attention.

One of the best books I’ve read to encourage my faith is written by Jim Cymbala (pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle), called The Promise of Answered Prayer: Personal Encounters with a Listening God. This is good to know that God does listen. One of the main truths that stood out for me was that persistent calling upon the Lord breaks through every stronghold of the devil, for nothing is impossible with God. It is written in Philippians 4:6, do not be anxious for anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Our greatest need is communion with God. Without our prayers faith is dead, because it’s by works faith is made manifest by the power of God. Prayer is a work in progress. The communion with God’s presence strengthens our faith and our need for him as our Father and a friend in all situations. God hears sincere prayers that flow out of faithful hearts. Faith’s total dependence upon God is supernatural. Those who possess faith develop a second sight. They see more than just the circumstances. They know that God is right beside them, by faith He’s there always. It says in Hebrews 11:6, that it is impossible to please God. When you leave faith out of everything you have nothing. This is a key foundation to Christian living, no matter how much energy or effort you put into it. Nothing touches the Father heart so much is for His children to trust in Him wholeheartedly.

The difference I’ve learned about real faith and casual faith is this: Casual faith says yes, I believe in God who answers prayers. But it ends right there without anymore expectation. But real faith says, ok, let’s go after this problem in the name of the Lord. James wrote in his letter about faith that if anyone is in trouble they should pray. When someone is sick prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well. If one sins, he will be forgiven. So confess your sins and pray for one another so that you maybe healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

*Keep a journal noting the dates of prayers and their answers. Review it periodically. Your faith will grow.

© 2007, Teresa Carr, Mega Grafx® Studio

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