WHAT KILLS MY FAITH
He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. Romans 4:19
When I consider God’s promises to me, they are always outside the veil of feasibility. If I set myself up to depend on other people to reinforce my faith, that is unwise. They can be weak vessels. Because they didn’t experience the ‘call’, their ability to sustain my faith is weak. Noah, as he built the ark, was cognizant of the fact that no one in his world had ever seen rain. An ark that would float on water was absurd. The ridicule he suffered could have been debilitating. Yet, for nearly 120 years, he believed God.
I should never look to my circumstances to foster faith. They will constantly shift. If Abraham had obsessed about his age and the barrenness of his wife, his faith would have been killed. As long as he directed his faith toward God, the one with whom all things are possible, his faith was sustained.
The only one who can protect and feed my faith is God. As I read the Word and ask His Spirit, simultaneously, to breathe His Word into my spirit, faith flourishes.
Each of us must identify the reason our faith weakens. I am susceptible to some ‘thing’ that erodes belief in God. For each person, that ‘thing’ varies but it is imperative for me to know my Achilles heel.
- I may be someone who relies on others respect. To obey God means to go against popular opinion and risk being misunderstood. Others criticism can be a faith killer.
- I may be bent toward scientific thinking. Seeing is believing. If I weigh the odds of God of performing His miracle, rationality is a faith killer.
- Weariness and the number of years it has taken to see the promise fulfilled can cause me to give up. Tenacity has not been my strong suit. Admitting defeat and quitting the race are faith killers.
Lack of self-awareness has caused many to shipwreck. I must know myself and know what it is that has the potential to throw me into state of unbelief. Only then can I use the Word to fight against it. Whatever God has promised, He will provide the grace to believe that He will bring it to pass.
I do my part, Lord, to nurture faith and kill unbelief. I make my heart a place that is faith-friendly. I await the fulfillment of Your promises. Amen