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Faith. The word is defined as complete trust or confidence in something or someone, usually the God of a person’s choice based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. That’s the pretty definition of this thing we call faith. I’d personally describe it as a choice to believe in the idea of something or someone that you can’t physically see. Either way you pen it, the whole notion has scared me for years.
I remember being a young girl, wondering how the heck I was supposed to believe in a “God” that I’d never physically seen or met before. Of course, I could never articulate my feelings for fear of being shamed by my church family, but I pondered on this quite often. There was always this internal struggle of saying and doing all the “right” things in front of others, so they’d have faith in my perceived faith in God and questioning how my entire existence was an act of faith.
In Genesis 1, the bible describes the way in which God created the earth, but what I love is how in verse 3 He says, “Let there be light: and there was light”. Simple as that. The bible never mentions anywhere that He questioned or doubted his own vision. It literally tells us that he saw what He saw, and He spoke what He spoke. Now, that’s some incredible faith right there. It’s exactly the kind of faith that I desire to have as I live through this New Year- the kind in which I believe in God and myself enough to pray or speak about a thing and just expect its manifestation.
Oh, you too? I know, Girl. Let’s figure this one out together!
During my process of becoming a certified life coach, I learned that speaking positive affirmations is key to increasing our faith in whatever it is that we desire. I want to note, the adjective used here: POSITIVE. We often repeat both negative and positive things out loud or in our thoughts anyway, so why not focus on disciplining ourselves to affirm the latter, right? Furthermore, Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing, and by hearing the word of God. What does God say about you? I’m so glad you asked!
- You are LOVED by God. (Romans 8:38-39)
- You are NOT alone on this journey. God is with you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
- God provides for you. (Philippians 4:19)
And Sis, that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Studies show that a habit is formed after repeating the same thing for at least 21 days. If we want to change the bad habit of not believing, I think this is a great place to start. So, let’s start this new year off affirming who we are in God, and who God is in us! Your faith walk doesn’t have to look like mine, and vice versa, as long as we get to where we’re headed with faith, on faith and BY faith. Happy New Year, Loved Ones! Until next time 😊