Choose faith, not fear

How does walking by faith looks like?

Recently, I participated in a high elements course. There were a couple of obstacles, but all from about 4-5 storeys high. And I had to cross over with nothing but a safety harness.

In spite of the fact of being secured to a safety harness, many including myself were overwhelmed by the fear of falling from that high place. There were some who were crippled by fear and failed to cross over.

However, once I decided to shift my focus on the fact that I would be safe even if I were to fall, I grew confident and  was able to walk across with ease.

So faith is trusting in Father God as your safety harness. He is faithful and is with you. That is a fact. It’s the truth.

Our God will not leave you nor abandon you (even if you fall!). And whatever the situation you’re in, you can rely on Him and walk through it. He’s got you in His mighty Hand!

Having faith does not mean that there is no fear. Fear is real. So faith works not in the absence of fear, but in the midst of it.

Everyday, choose faith over fear. We have a choice. That’s walking by faith. God is bigger than your fears and He will give you the strength to overcome each one of them.

Finally, if you’re wondering, yes that’s me in the photo. Haha…

What do you want Him to do for you?

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

“Go,” said Jesus, “your FAITH has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

~ Mark 10:51-52

Most times, we err by misplacing our faith in man rather than in God. We naturally look and trust in what we man can (or cannot) do- our credentials or achievements, our physical attributes, and capabilities. And that misplaced faith causes us to limit God in our lives.

I love how Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you”. He did not say because of your bad or splendid past or because you’re poor or rich, so I healed you. It is the blind man, Bartimaeus’s faith that healed him. And that faith was placed on what God can do (and not what man can do).

Friends, with God all things are possible. Place your faith solely on Him. God loves it when you and I place all our ‘bets’ on Him. He relishes when we fully trust Him. That’s the only condition God simply looks at- our faith and nothing else.

What is it do you want God to do for you today that you cannot do? Approach your loving Abba Father and ask Him to do it for you. And according to your faith (and His will), it will be done to you.

Faith activates a response from God

Most of us would have read or heard about the miracle healing of the woman who was bleeding for 12 years from the gospel.

For those unfamiliar, this story is about a sick woman who believed that she would receive her healing by merely touching the cloak of Jesus (c.f. Mark 5:25-34).

She did just that when Jesus passed by her and true enough, her bleeding immediately stopped.

Faith touches God

What is interesting about this miracle was the response of Jesus. He turned around in the crowd and asked,“Who touched my clothes?”

It is interesting because there were many others around Jesus who were touching him. Even his question caused his disciples to be puzzled.

But strangely enough, no one else but that sick woman received her miracle. And we can safely surmise that there were others possibly needing a miracle of some kind.

So why did Jesus responded only to her touch? And what made her so special? FAITH. It was her faith.

Have faith in God 

Similarly, many of us may pray to God just as many in the crowd were touching Jesus. But are our prayers made with faith or out of a religious habit?

Therefore, when it comes to answering prayers, it is not our needs that activates a response from God. It is our faith.

And in particularly, God responds in a real and powerful way to those who have the faith to believe in Him and expect results.

So today, are you in need of a miracle? Or is there a prayer that has not been answered for a long time?

Remember it is our faith that will get God’s attention amongst the crowd and activate a response from Him. So have faith and believe for your miracle.

My Read of the Month:

Title: Entrepreneurial Faith: Launching Bold Initiatives to Expand God’s Kingdom
Author:
Walt Kallestad & Kirbyjon Caldwell with Paul Sorensen
Published: 2007
Genre: Business/Entrepreneurship/Leadership
Ratings: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Caldwell and Kallestad bring considerable credibility to this subject of entrepreneurial faith with their personal experiences and achievements in birthing businesses outside their churches to serve their communities.

Both authors agree that today’s role of the Church has become too narrowly defined and lived out that churches have lost touch with their communities.

According to them, most churches merely focus on organisational maintenance that is targeted at meeting the needs of their congregation. But none or little is prioritised to those people outside the church.

With the objective to transcend the status quo in ministry and to encourage kingdom-minded entrepreneurship, this book serves as an excellent manual for budding entrepreneurs who see themselves as missionaries or “tent-makers” in their community.  

To them, true entrepreneurs are change agents that are not primarily in pursuit of money, but using his or her skills and expertise and knowledge and passion to make life better for others.

These group of people embody what they defined as entrepreneurial faith, one that launches the love and power of God out from the four walls of the church; taking the gospel out of the church and to the people.

Albeit this book covers a good range of topics and provides practical advice on being an entrepreneur, but it does not present any new revelation about entrepreneurship or faith. More theological depth for support would be an improvement to this book.

Who should read it: For budding social entrepreneurs and church leaders. 

Have an Elevated Faith

Whenever we get into an elevator and press the level which we want to go, we always safely expect and assume it will take us to that level.

Without any hesitation, we put our full trust in the elevator that it will take us where we want to go.

I think that is the kind of approach all of us should have when in comes to having faith in God.

Having faith in God

If God says to you that He will bless you, it simply means He WILL bless you. If He says to you He will heal you, then it simply means he WILL heal you.

God always says what He means and means what He says.

His words do not change conveniently like how man would likely react whenever circumstances are unfavourable.

In fact, His words words has the power to come through in whatever circumstances and change any situation.

Therefore, just as we can expect the elevator to work when we ride on it, we should have that similar expectancy if not more when we put our trust in God for any particular matter.

Faith that elevates

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1

Having faith in God is important as it determines our altitude. And especially in tough times, faith keeps us going; serving as the foundation that holds our vision.

Like they say, “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” And faith is that substance that makes us tough.

Strange how an everyday ride on the elevator can inspire faith… Ha ha…

Growing Irreligiously

It’s been almost three months since my move of church.

I must admit that there had been ‘wobbling’ experiences as I detached myself from the ‘comfortable environment’ and ‘safety structures’ of my previous home church.

Spreading out

But like how it is necessary for a butterfly to break out from its cocoon state in strengthening its wings for flight, that is how I would describe this phase.

God-incidentally, that was the prophetic vision He gave to me amid my decison-making.

I know He is preparing me for the challenges that lies ahead. And I need to be close to Him; plugged in with Him to flow with His plans.

In a relationship, not religion

Launching out from where I was has taken my faith in God to another level of trust and reliance in Him towards His will for me.

This transitional phase has somewhat strengthened my relationship with God. I am more secured in who I am as His child based on my relationship with Him and not only because of my involvement in ‘spiritual’ or church-related activities.

“We live by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

This new ground with its uncertainties that He has led me has activated my faith even more where I can further exercise my faith in leaning on His principles, not methods; led by His Spirit, not routines.