Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Where Do You Put Your Faith?

“People say all the time, ‘Just believe. Just have faith.’ I want to ask, ‘Believe what? Have faith in what?’ Those are very important questions, because just believing is a faulty method for overcoming fear.” (Micca Campbell, An Untroubled Heart)
So…where do you put your faith?

Do you put your faith in yourself? Others? Fate? Luck? Or maybe a little of each for good measure? When we place our faith in any of these we set ourselves on unstable ground.

As imperfect humans, we disappoint ourselves and others, just as other people disappoint us. At times we think we can handle it all on our own, but can we? We struggle to even live up to our own expectations, so how can others live up to our expectations?

Fate and luck depend on something unknown, something abstract that we cannot define. They have no substance, no solid ground. If we put our faith in these, how do we really know what we’re depending on? Or where we’ll end up?
“Faith is not a principle of ‘name it and claim it,’ It’s based on the person of Jesus Christ.” (Micca Campbell, An Untroubled Heart)
Jesus is the only one worthy of our faith, hope, and trust. When we put our faith in Christ, we find ourselves on a firm foundation that will not change. He is the most solid ground we will ever find.
For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 1 Peter 2:6 NASB
Christ is the solid foundation, the cornerstone, of our Christian faith, and He is the only One I want to put my personal faith in.

Does faith in Jesus mean life will always go the way I want? No, Scripture tells us that in this life there will be trouble. (John 16:33) But I know Jesus walks with me to comfort and guide me.

Relying on anything or anyone other than Jesus leaves us tossing around in the wind, without an anchor to keep us grounded. Jesus is our anchor. Whether the winds are calm, or the storms of life are upon us, He is right there with us. He knows where we’ve been and where He plans for us to go. Our faith in Him keeps us calm and secure along the way.

Our lives are not left up to chance. God has a plan for each of us. (Jeremiah 29:11) Sometimes it seems like nothing is happening—like we’re just waiting, but we don’t know what we’re waiting for. It may feel that way, but God is at work! During that time of waiting, God is preparing us for what He has planned. And what He has planned for us is better than anything we can imagine.


Thanks for visiting today! We’re in Chapter 3 “Fashioned for Faith—Not Fear” of An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell
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In Christ,
Laura

11 comments:

  1. As the song goes, "On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand". Although, I can't say that I am always quick to have the faith I need.

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  2. And a big Amen to that. Very well said. Jesus is our everything.

    Blessings,
    ~Rosann

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  3. Ladies, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment! God Bless!

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  4. Great Word, Laura!!

    I've found that instead of rehearsing my problems or running ahead of God by trying to figure out what's in my future, rest comes when I acknowledge that God IS in the details of my life and He wants the best for me.

    Most would say "that's easier said than done." But choosing to have faith--just doing it--just taking that step to trust God is what releases faith's magic making what's hard to do easy. Make sense?

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  5. Absolutely makes sense! Having faith and completely trusting God in all areas of my life, doesn't mean I won't be disappointed or sad. But knowing He's in control reassures me, and my faith grows even stronger. I find hope in looking back at how He's answered prayers and taken care of me in the past. I have no reason to question if God is in the details of my daily life!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting Micca!

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  6. "Relying on anything or anyone other than Jesus leaves us tossing around in the wind, without an anchor to keep us grounded."

    This is so true. Too many times I have tried to rely on my own abilities and I fall short. Jesus will never fail us.

    Great post!

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  7. He's an anchor and I'm really grateful for that....

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  8. Thank you for so beautifully articulating this, Laura! I'm happy to find encouragement from this online study.

    I've found myself obediently waiting on God but at the same time excusing things in my life... Unknowns bother me so, I try to figure out my future! It's pointless. God's been so patient with me. He's teaching me stuff and thanks for the reminder to be single-minded and depend on Him 100% in the big and small stuff.

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  9. Hi Sherry,
    I'm so glad you're enjoying the study!
    I also find myself trying to figure out what the future holds, what God is moving me towards. Usually, when I look back, I see that where He moved me was not where I expected. It's better!

    Thanks for leaving a comment!
    In Christ,
    Laura

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  10. Boy, Laura, I couldn't agree more. It isn't enough to just have faith. Everyone has faith in something or someone. Thank you for telling it so well where that faith must be centered.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!