Good afternoon all! So sorry this post is up so late! My morning was pretty busy so now I’ve finally put it up!
This is the 2nd and last of my posts about faith. (Unless, of course you all ask for another one!) In my first post, which you can find here, I talked generally about faith and what it is. In this post today. I wanted to answer the question, ‘how do we keep our faith?’
In my last post I gave the Hebrews 11 definition of faith as well as my own. Today, I wanted to give the definition from the Webster’s Dictionary of what faith is. They say that faith is the “unquestioning belief specific in God… complete trust or confidence.” This is best shown in Hebrews 10:23 which says
The question of the day is, how do we keep our faith? That almost may seem like a silly question but when you actually think about it, losing your faith can happen pretty easily. The way we lose our faith in God by not putting our full, unquestioning trust in Him.
In today’s world, it is so easy to become distracted and distrustful when our circumstances aren’t going well, or when we feel like God has abandoned us. 2 Corinthians addresses this issue perfectly. In verses 3:8-9 it says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Later on in verses 16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving fo us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” We keep our faith even when we are hard pressed on every side. We need to remember that God will never abandon us; He will be there with us through it all, even when it doesn’t feel like it. That is when the faith comes in. We need to have unswerving trust that God is always there and holding us through everything.
In the Bible, even when Noah was despised by the world for building the ark, in faith, he did so anyway. Even when God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son when God had promised that Abraham would have descendants as numerous as the stars, Abraham did so anyway. Even when Job was flooded with catastrophic events that took away all his wealth, his family, and his health and even when his friends told him to curse God and die, Job stayed faithful to the Lord and praised His name. Even when Peter was surrounded by raging waves, he stepped out of the boat because Jesus told him to.
So, how do we keep our faith? Looking at all those people in the Bible, you may be like, well they are special because, first off they are in the Bible and secondly God was right there with most of them. In reality, they were people, just like you and me with doubts and distractions. It could have been so easy for Noah just to listen to his friends and neighbors and to not build that ark, the same as Peter staying in the boat. Keeping our full and unquestioning trust in Jesus Christ is the only way we can ever keep our faith in Christ and really, the only way we can succeed. We must keep our trust in Him even when you are feeling awful about yourself and your life. Even when you are facing persecution from those you know. Even when your life seems to be a wreck. Even when you are feeling abandoned by God. Even when every person you love dies. Even when the whole world tells you your life is so crummy that you have every right to curse God; give Him up and die, but you don’t. That is faith. Fixing our eyes not on what is seen, but the unseen. What is seen is only temporary and passes away, but what is unseen is eternal.
I hope this answers most of your questions. Again, if there is anything that ya’ll want to know about, feel free to leave your question in the comments below and I will happily answer you the best I can! ❤