Faith

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‘For we walk by faith, not by sight.’ – II Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭

I have a four-year-old daughter, and I love her dearly. She is on her way to primary school/first grade, I believe. I have not been with children that young in a long time, so permit me to say that I think she is simply brilliant. She speaks so fluently, has mastered her facial expressions to match her words and feelings, and even calls me out when I make mistakes, her version of errors.

I noticed her struggling with school, and I was shocked. The same child that is so out-going, independent, with the perfect speech, struggling? I didn’t take it seriously at first and allowed her to be, even turning a blind eye to her playing with her iPad on school days, because I believed she would iron out her classwork problems quickly. 

Now she needs to take an exam for her next level, her first examination and I got scared. So, since schools resumed in September, I have been tutoring her and giving her assignments to do, she is fast and catches up quickly, but soon forgets. Today, I felt a sense of hopelessness as I asked her a pre-school question, and she couldn’t answer. Now, I am aware there is nothing wrong with her mentally; my problem is the sense of hopelessness I felt.

I have realized that though I talk about faith and walking with God, sometimes I don’t adhere to what I know and write. I have therefore gone back to scripture to remind myself of this truth –

‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’ – Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ 

Yes, ALL things, even this one. Before I go into my study, I wish to thank God for bringing me to the place of realization, to stop moving forward in falsehood and to start to trust Him. You see, this applies to all areas of my life, where I worry and have fears and doubts. It is time to hand them entirely over to God.

I will start with the following well-known verses:

  • ‘Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ – Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
  • ‘By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.’ – Hebrews‬ ‭11:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
  • ‘But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ -Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

To walk with Him is to see the things we hope for and have not seen as already ours. Now, I don’t mean praying for a mansion from your mini-flat, no! God will lead you on your path of faith. For me, it just means handing Him all that concerns my beautiful daughter’s life and education, knowing in Him, all things will work out for good.

For my fears, worries, and doubts, I have called in Jesus Christ, the Word of God to take control. Now, I am learning to be even more intentional about my walk. The liberty of walking in the Spirit brings peace, and the weights are lifted off. It is simple, carry your burdens yourself or cast them on Jesus, you chose. I chose life! I chose life over death, freedom over oppression, redemption over slavery, peace over worry, and fear. I have decided not to labor, not to carry the heavy burdens; I chose Christ.

So today, I am retracing my faith steps. I am checking all the nooks and crannies in my mind where those fears, hurts, and doubts are stored. I will then present them to my master, Jesus Christ. I can, and I have the following verses of scripture backing my boasts. They are:

  • ‘Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ – Matthew‬ 11:28‬ ‭‬‬
  • ‘Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.’ – I Peter‬ ‭5:6-7‬ ‭
  • ‘For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.’ – II Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-6‬ ‭

I am going to stand in Christ, my Peace and live. Are you with me?

Till next time, be transformed!

#faith #rest

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