August 2016, Family Life

Examining Faith

by Tonya Woodridge-Jarvis
Tonya Woodridge-Jarvis, The Refresher
Tonya Woodridge-Jarvis, The Refresher

If you’re reading this then you’re currently riding this thrill-seeking, terrifying ride filled with joy, laughter, heartache, stress and pain, called life …

It is said that believers undergo a change when they become children of God. As new creatures in Christ, they draw near to God much in the same way mosquitoes draw near to a light. God is the light, and born again believers prefer the light of the gospel to the darkness of the world (Ephesians 5:8-14).We can also affirm our born again status by watching all of the old, sinful behaviors pass away one by one.

With that being said, have you ever been in a situation where you felt like God wasn’t answering you? You’ve prayed, you’ve cried, you’ve sown seeds into others, but nothing tangible has happened as of yet. You feel like your faith is wearing as thin as water, and you really start to examine your faith.

I like to say that you need a ‘faith recharge,’ because while you never really stop believing for your dreams, you may put them on hold. But, the Bible says that faith the size of mustard seed is all God needs to see in your heart, and He will do the rest. We’ve all been in those situations where you are experiencing trial by fire. So what do you do when this happens? Pray, cry, scream and pray some more … As believers, we must learn to stop starting and stopping our faith!

You’ve asked God for something, but because it hasn’t happened yet, you get discouraged and stop exercising your faith, and then you begin to move outside of the will of God on your own accord. When we move outside of the will of God, our steps aren’t ordained or ordered by Him, and it becomes a bigger struggle than necessary. Have you ever been there?

In our faith journey, we must learn to pray and have faith about everything no matter how big or small. So, although God may not have answered you yet, that doesn’t mean He’s not working on it. In certain areas of our lives, God has to work out the particulars behind the scenes before He can do the big reveal for us. Blessings are tailored made for believers, and it takes time and patience for the manifestation to come to fruition.

The bottom line is to never lose faith in God, because He will never move in your time, but He will always be on time according to His watch.

Here are 4 things to do when examining/recharging your faith:

  • Have a faith plan. (Pray about the situation.)
  • Follow the voice of Jesus. (Read and meditate on a scripture daily.)
  • Dance like David. ( Praise God and dance like you’ve lost your mind.)
  • Stand. (Patiently wait for the supernatural to happen.)