I get a lot of inspiration from the Bible. Reading about Job and his struggles is very inspiring. I can’t imagine having such tenacious faith but it is one of my goals. He was a fighter. He knew what it meant to fight the good fight of faith. He never cursed God and he kept hope alive. I want my hope to be alive all the time. I am working on it and I find great comfort in the Word of God. Who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow? Who knows when the next breakthrough will take place? All I know for sure is that if we stand our ground and we hold on to the Lord, nothing can defeat us. We can also be fighters of faith like Job and like so many others in the Bible. One thing all these people of faith have in common is a connection with God. Faith without God is just wishful thinking and it has no substance.
What is your connection with God? How is your faith? Is it alive or does it need resuscitation or activation? My faith was active for a while and then it was dormant for years and when it was finally reactivated, it stayed on a path. I believe we all have a path of faith we should follow and it is important that we stay on that path. Is it always perfect? No, but we have the assistance of the Holy Spirit and we will always get up again after a fall. Our paths have obstacles on them. That is part of life but it is how we react to those hurdles that matters. Faith is a reaction. Faith is an anticipation. It reacts with hope and it anticipates the best all the time. It should be God-centered and fueled by love. My prayer is that your faith stays active or that you revive it if it needs revival. Stay in faith and you will walk in peace.
One of the characteristics of Job’s attitude during his trials was how he stayed in peace. When you are so confident in God’s ability and you are sure that He will come through for you, you stay in peace. There is no reason to panic and to fear when you know that everything will be just fine eventually. Faith believes in “eventually.” It doesn’t have a time frame but it has a God frame. Faith knows that God is framing our lives and He will see to it that we succeed and that we overcome our troubles. Faith helps us have a “God frame of mind.” It is God’s mindset at all times. It is what motivates Him to act and think the way he does. If you want to know more about God’s frame of mind, spend time studying the Bible and you will discover some of the details of His mindset. He doesn’t know failure. He doesn’t know fear and He doesn’t know worry. He knows that nothing is impossible and His faith doesn’t waver. God does have faith. I never thought about it when I was a young Christian but God does have faith. When He speaks, things come to life. That is what faith does. Faith speaks life into existence. Faith speaks positively about everything. Faith has a voice and it is the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Faith is definitely a big part of God’s frame of mind and so is love. Faith without love doesn’t work. If you want to activate your faith or to revive it, you are going to have to walk in love. I would say love should be our priority. Love is the fuel that the engine of faith needs. God is love and when our faith is coupled with love, it is attached to God. Did Job walk in love? He certainly did. Job’s reverence toward God was undeniable and it was grounded in love for God and for others. When we walk in love, we are quick to forgive others. If we hold a grudge against someone, it creates a hole in our love walk and it hinders our faith. Forgiveness is crucial. The lack of forgiveness can shutter our faith and damage our spiritual walk. It also alienates us from God and remember that faith without a connection to God is non-existent. We can revive our faith by walking in love all the time. We can revive our faith by being inspired by the Word of God. We can revive our faith by praying every day and maintaining a relationship with God. faith is stubborn. It doesn’t give up. Let faith control you. Let faith make you tenacious and stubborn. Refuse to buy into the lies of the enemy and refuse to walk outside of love. Keep your eyes on the Lord. Make Him your priority and keep that connection alive. God will help you walk in faith. Give Him your mustard seed and He will give you a harvest of victories! Stay in faith!
Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:6: James 1:3