Monday, August 18, 2014

Faith is Ugly?

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

James 1



When is faith really faith?  As Terry Pruett, the well known 'Possibility Architect' and CEO of XMO Global says, "Faith isn't faith until it's tested." Well then if that is the case, if "faith isn't faith until it's tested", then how do we know when we're walking in faith?  The answer to that question is found in a few places of scripture, however one the most well known scriptures is found in James 1. The exercise and the drill to know that our faith is working within us is when we count it all joy when circumstances come our way, especially in those moments we cannot control. 

Counting it all joy? 
Really? 
This causes me to realize that when I count it all joy in the midst of trials and tests, it is because I am intentionally choosing to COUNT on God - my faith is in Him which fills me with joy that is unexplainable.

With that just think, much of the ugly things we will go through, are going through, or have gone through allows faith to get us to experience the grace of God which empowers us by the Holy Spirit's power (Who is Grace) to lift us up; allowing us to keep going when in the natural we wouldn't be able to go on our own.

In those moments when we "say" we have faith we are now able to go to the next step and now choose to use the faith that possesses us and place our faith in God.

The triumphant, victorious reminder is realizing that having faith in things to happen or for things to get better is not what God ever intended! As Mark 11:22 records - that faith is to be placed in ONE PERSON - AND THAT IS GOD HIMSELF.  When we have faith in God, by default our perspective changes - our mindsets are changed - we see from Victory and now we can boldly say to the mountain to be moved because when our faith is in God - doubt has no place!  As our pastor profoundly says, "Get doubt out" - and the answer in getting doubt out is by placing our faith in God. As we place our faith in God, doubt has no place and now we are aware of hope being on the scene and now everything that seemed daunting and even is daunting is now shifted in it's proper place - the mountain is now a plateau because my sights are on God and Him alone! 

3 comments:

  1. No doubt! Thanks for this reminder. God is faithful to us and it is peaceful to trust in His promises. In Him alone! Your faith is a great example and an inspiration, Teresa, and your joy is contagious! Love you! xo

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  2. Great words of Wisdom Twiggy! In today's chaotic world we are living in, it is a joy to be able to rest in HIM knowing he has complete control of all that is going on.
    Love Dad!

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  3. This was a wonderful post. And so very encouraging to me today - as many circumstances seem so out of control right now.

    Just the other day, I read this wonderful passage, and it brought me much comfort:

    "The LORD rules over the floodwaters.
    The LORD reigns as king forever.
    The LORD gives his people strength.
    The LORD blesses them with peace."

    (Psalm 29:10-11, NLT)

    It is because of that Truth that we can count it all joy!

    GOD BLESS!

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