Do you ever feel like faith is a dry, nebulous concept? Like cotton candy, faith can seem to be something fluffed up of with imaginings and held together by a web of sugar coated wishes. Just have enough faith and you can conger up whatever you want, our misconceptions whisper.
We chide ourselves that we must try harder to have more faith. In our confusion we function as if we must act better and perform the right spiritual tricks–as if God is only moved to work in a life if the faith is good enough.
That skewed thinking puts it all on us, doesn’t it?
Living faith one moment at a time.
But faith is real and is one simple thing for living right now in this very moment. How do we choose faith in the moment and enter into what God is doing?
Choosing faith begins with God, not on our ability to harness belief and make it go our way. Faith begins and ends in the rightness of God–His way of doing and being right. Faith is inseparably tied to the power of God.
Grace for saving and faith for believing, the gospel is good news for every moment and every life.
The foundation of faith is the gospel that demonstrates the power of God. In the Greek, power is translated Dynamis, which is God’s power for creating life, performing miracles and righting the crooked soul.
We make thousands of choices every day. Little things, big things fill up the decisions and choices that make the measure of a moment. From faith to faith, God’s righteousness is uncovered to our eyes, opened to our understanding with a progressive light.
In a moment, we respond with faith and we discover more of God. He reveals truth and faith grows. God graciously stirs up more faith when we embrace and live out the faith we currently hold in our hearts. It is the choice of a moment: to believe or not. To trust or not. Step by step and choice by choice we are walking into greater faith.
But the righteous will live by faith. In that small three letter word, but, is the choice of the moment. We can choose the wholeness of believing God, faith for every moment. Or the buts can become excuses and questions that turn our eyes away from Gods power and ability. When the excuses of our souls barge in, we take our eyes off God and we focus on the problem. The buts begin to bury our souls and faith grows increasingly weak.
Choose to believe in this moment.
The righteous–that’s you and that’s me–
See, it’s a living thing.
Faith is real life for whole living in every moment. It is God’s life, his zao, that brings joy and true life.
From faith to faith, we are learning that the word live means to enjoy real life, to know the vitality of God in our soul, to be active, powerful, and efficient, blessed eternally, to know true life and worth.
“For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 NIV
There is significance and worth embedded in these words that sprouts from faith that goes far beyond what we think—it isn’t a head thing. It is an everything kind of thing. How gracious God is to reveal Himself in ways that initiate and nurture faith that blossoms forth in true life.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38
Yes, living faith is the life of God made available to us by believing, made real in us by choosing faith in the moment. Living faith for one simple thing– it makes all the difference.
What one simple thing can you do today to choose living faith? What difference will choosing faith in this moment make?
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