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What Have You Done on Account of Faith?
by Jenny on January 6th, 2017

"But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves." James 1:22

I recently shared on Facebook (today's latest  & greatest news source) about the struggle I experienced last year to continue homeschooling my family. Baby #5 proved unsatisfiable his first eight months of life, which made my life pretty unsatisfiable too. With the constant fussing and demand for my time I wanted to throw in the towel on homeschooling. I pleaded my case to God (as if He didn't already know about my situation) but God's only response to me was, "Keep going." So, I did.

[Side Note: How did I "hear" God? Not with my ears but through His Word, and through the peace I received as I continued in the direction I believed God was giving me through His Word. How did I hear through His Word? As I prayed for direction I continued to encounter verses such as Hebrews 12:1, "Run with endurance the race God has set before you . . ." and Proverbs 4:25, "Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you."]

One of my mentors commented on my Facebook post that "faith trumps feelings." What prompted her to write that? Because it has been my experience that faith and feelings rarely agree. Feelings are fickle. Faith is a choice we make regardless of our feelings.

Once I felt I'd received direction from God regarding homeschooling I faced a choice: Though the path seemed dim I could continue on the race set before me by faith or I could punt on homeschooling and mark out my own path because I felt like it.

Second Corinthians 5:7 says, "We walk by faith not by sight."

Who is "we"? Those who profess Christ as not only their Savior but their Lord. I recently read in a study published by my church that the term "Lord" in the Bible communicates more than a sense of respect for God. Calling Jesus "Lord" implies obedience to Him.

In his book, Not a Fan (Zondervan, 2011), one of my favorite authors Kyle Idleman writes, "As we see in Hebrews 11, faith should have a story attached to it. There is a tendency to define yourself as a follower [of Jesus] based on how you feel about Jesus, but following requires there to be more than a feeling. Following requires movement" (p. 106).

Beth Moore in her study Believing God instructs participants to write in their Bibles under Hebrews 11:41 (yes, she tells you to write in your Bible--gasp!). Bible scholars will note that the 11th chapter of the book of Hebrews ends at verse 40. Though Scripture carries a heavy warning against adding to God's Word I think God will forgive this slight impingement. You see, Hebrews 11 is known as the "Hall of Faith." After reading about the faith of many who have gone before us Mrs. Moore encourages us to write our own statement of faith. In my Bible Hebrews 11:41 reads, "By faith Jenny Hander . . .." I pray the list of actions I've written in my Bible under Hebrews 11:41 grows longer the longer God allows me to live.

I think it is CRITICAL to mention that we must exercise caution when deciding in what, or rather in whom we place our faith. I do not adhere to the "name it and claim it" theology. Matthew 21:22 says we can pray for anything, and that if we believe, we will receive it. Many people have taken this verse as permission to manipulate God into giving us whatever our selfish hearts desire. Jesus didn't give us prayer as a one-way ticket to our own satisfaction. Prayer is the tool by which we come to understand God's good, pleasing and perfect will for our lives. In John 15:7 Jesus says, "If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!" Making requests unto God follows more of an if/then pattern. If we remain in close fellowship with God through prayer and through His Word, His desires become our desires, and when we ask for those desires--which are always for our good and for His glory--He will certainly grant our requests.

So, where does that leave you?

Faith doesn't always make sense. That's why we must be so careful to place our faith in the only One who knows all things. But God is faithful to His Word and to His love and to His plans for us. God will never ask us to do something that goes against His Word or that He isn't willing to give us the strength and ability to complete.

What has God said to you through His Word, and through your time of prayer with Him? What have you done on account of your faith? Or perhaps, what is God asking you to do now?

Go ahead. Write it down. I'd love to hear from you.

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Christy - January 6th, 2017 at 9:31 AM
Your posting today was definitely my answer to prayer this morning! I am reading "Becoming a Prayer Warrior" by Elizabeth Alves which I am sure you are familiar with! Walking by faith I see Satan's temptations and distractions in every turn! Staying the course in what God desires for us and what the world is pulling us to do is a daily struggle. Loved this post I will print it and re-read it--It is very uplifting keep posting I pray the Lord to provide you the time to forge on! How you find the time is beyond me but with prayerful consideration will continue to hold you up in daily prayer as your work reaches many I know who need it!
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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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