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.
Living faith bridges the gap between our need and God’s supply.
Choose to believe in this moment.
The righteous–that’s you and that’s me–
See, it’s a living thing.
Faith is for living life out of the shadows in the vibrancy of God.
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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This post is part of a series. Each post stands alone, but they are part of a larger idea. You can find the other posts here:
One Simple Thing: Living Whole
The Opportunity of This Moment
Simple Grace to Overcome Worry
Now Faith for One Simple Thing
This is good. I think that you’re right. Faith is a living thing. I know that I just need to take the first step, and I can trust that God will guide me as I go. The first thing though, is taking action.
I agree completely. As we act on the faith God gives, He gives us more faith. From faith to faith and it all leads to vibrant life in Him. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts today!
Lovely words with great images. We, too, are buried in snow, and finding grace to enjoy it.
Thanks so much for visiting today. I’m glad you were blessed. I had a great walk yesterday in the snow. The photos are from that taken with my iphone.
First of all, I love your pictures. You have me wanting to walk outside and take some more pictures of the snow. 🙂 And this? “Living faith bridges the gap between our need and God’s supply.” –> I love that! Amen. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.
You are so faithful to visit–I really appreciate the time you take to stop by, with all the folks that post on the link up. It’s always a blessing to see what resonates with folks.
Great words today, Ginger – faith is alive, God alive is us and His Holy Spirit moving within us. We forget to be active participants in it sometimes, don’t we? We get into that passive habit mode and just “do” faith instead of choosing it and living it out intentionally. Thanks for the reminder to get our faith on! 🙂 Blessed to be visiting from #tellhisstory again this week!
I like the way you worded your response, Tiffany. I’m always encouraged to see God add to a post through the insight of others. The adventure and fun of blogging! Thanks for stopping by!
“But faith is real and is one simple thing for living right now in this very moment.”
This plays so well into my One Word theme of “now” for this year. Choosing faith is always a now moment! Thanks, Ginger.
I noticed your word for the year when I was visiting your blog! I love seeing the way God is speaking themes through the body of Christ. I look forward to seeing more of what God gives you on this topic.
Beautiful post, Ginger. And how true! The more we step out in faith, the more faith He gives! Lovely thoughts to ponder here!
So glad you are joining your heart here. May God give faith that lives all over your life. Thanks for visiting today!
Thanks for visiting today, Ellen. May God bless you as you continue to walk in faith.
Ginger! Oh wow, Girl! You got it and then some. What a blessing you are…right down to my eyes seeing the snow steps (step by step in faith). I just love it. It’s like you’re reading over my shoulder as I journal. Wrote this today.
It’s merely called “Faith”
Not a coin used to buy
Not conjured up
It is real
An inner voice
Appeals to our senses
It is the sixth sense
Trust in what we don’t see
Confidence in what we don’t understand
An assurance in the storm
It is God given
Taste and see that the Lord is good
One taste. One see.
You describe faith as the choice to step closer to God or to let the world intervene and block us from that step. I love that faith bridges the gap between our need and God’s supply. Blessed you linked up with The Weekend Brew today.
What a gracious community of bloggers. Love The Weekend Brew. So encouraged by your thoughtful posts each week.
Excellent post! I so appreciate these words of worth. I will be featuring this post on Friday for Grace & Truth, thank you for linking it with us and participating! #GraceTruth
Wow! I’m thrilled to be featured on Grace and Truth. Thank you for the honor. I have loved keeping company with such wonderful bloggers and making new blogging friends. Yes, we are better together and there is true blessing in community. Thank you for honor of featuring my post.
Ginger. I must have done something wrong, My comment last week is still being monitored. Sorry. Hope it didn’t cause a problem
Sorry about that, I responded, which usually automatically sends it through. That didn’t happen. It’s gone through now. I LOVED the amazing poem you shared. I will treasure it!