What is FAITH?: Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. Faith is the reason we remember great people who lived in the past, in order to believe that better people will come into your future.
We all need Faith from time to time. It is vital in our daily lives. The more Faith we have, the more peace we will experience. But it is not just faith that we need, it is RADICAL FAITH that we must hunger for. Radical faith is strongly believing when all hope has gone, when you have failed several times, when it feels as if you are last in line. We all need radical faith to persevere and push on. It will hurt when you desire certain blessings and it doesn’t come when you want it, but we must realise that Gods’ timing is not our timing. Remember rejection does not mean that you are not qualified, it just means that God is protecting you for something better that He has in store.
If everyday we woke up with a smile, to acknowledge our fears and get on with our day, it will make such a big difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. When people see that we have been through a lot of struggles, and they question you, you should have the opportunity of expressing your Faith to them. People like this need to know that they are not alone. Let your peers or work colleagues around you know that they are one step away from being happy, and that is through having radical faith! It is easier said than done, but this is one of the areas that we will be tested on. We must remember that Gods ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts.
God will make a way where we least expect Him to! He is the God of the 0 hour and will show up whenever you need Him. I know it can be very easy to go to a best friend, or a partner, or a family member; even a work colleague. All these things are good, but it should be God that we seek all the time! Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides”.
This scripture is expressing the importance of making God our first priority. Let us remember to always put Him first in all we do, and everything we desire will surely be added. Even when you see other people being blessed with what you desire, trust God and have Faith that He will give you yours. In the good times and the bad times, learn how to ignite your Faith! Remember that the enemy wants us to give up, but we will not because God is on our side, and He will make a way where there seems to be no way.
If we refer back to the book of Job, when he lost literally everything! His friends betrayed him, he felt alone, but instead he trusted in the Father, and received double for his loss. His Faith was so radical that nothing moved him. Yes he cried, but God heard it, and answered Him. It takes a lot in someone to put their whole Faith in God, and it does open doors of opportunity. Without Faith, you cannot please God. We cannot be paying our tithes and offerings in fear, thinking that we won’t get a greater return. We are not just giving to receive, but are giving to be a blessing unto God and to those around us.
God is good all the time!! I have to constantly say this! The enemy has lied to us far too long! We have been reluctant, but now its time to fight the enemy back! Whatever you desire, say it with FAITH that it is already done; in fact praise Him that He has already blessed you, even if you cannot see it! When I have job interviews, I say ‘thank you God for allowing me to receive that job’. At times I did not get it, but it still doesn’t stop me from praising Him. Why? Because He knows the right job for me. This is why the enemy wants us to look to what others have, but if we keep doing that, it will make our Faith weak and eventually you will be giving the enemy an opportunity to play with your mind. God knows the right blessings for us at the right time, because it is not how far, but HOW WELL! Faith never knows where it is being led but loves and knows the one who is leading.
I know at times the process can feel long and we all go through times that we feel so low. We tend to question ourselves: “What is wrong with me?”, “What am I doing wrong?”. But when the testimonies start flowing, we will understanding the dynamics of how God works. He loves to hear our prayers, but we need to have Faith that whatever He gives us is for our best. The parable of the five talents in Matthew 25:14-30 talks about three people that had different talents. One received FIVE, another received TWO and the third received ONE each according to his own ability. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. Also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. The one that received one talent could have extended his one, but he lost his focus. You see in life, when you lose your focus, its not a good sign of success. His focus was on the fact that the other two had more talents than himself, but should that be an issue?
When people are being blessed, should that be a problem? Why not have Faith that God will give you your own blessings? When you invest too much in things that are not of God, it can become an issue. I always tell my friends to focus on things above (heavenly things) and not beneath (earthly things). Do not get me wrong, we do need things; clothes, shoes, food, cars, jobs, etc; all these are from God, but my main point is not to forget who gave us these things. Let us have Faith that our future will be more better than our present! Faith can move your mountain, if you truly believe! I know we cannot see it, but as it says in His word, WE LIVE BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT! So we should not be afraid of the things you cannot see now, because God has got us covered! Keep your eyes on the Father and He will also keep His eyes on you! He has your back and He loves you dearly!!! You may feel alone, confused, afraid, worried, anxious, depressed, stressed, tired, unwell, lazy, weary, but God understands all these things. God will place someone in your life that you can count on! He is always there when you need a friend. Lets help one another with our Faith! Let us shame the enemy and put him to shame, and triumph in RADICAL FAITH!
I know the feeling of fear. I know it can raise its ugly head, but acknowledge it, and do what you need to do!! No matter what it is! Taking a test, going for a job interview. You may not have all the skills, but because you made an attempt, God is sure to bless you with your heart desires! Don’t ever doubt yourself! You are stronger than you think! Do not allow people to remind you before you remind yourself! Look into the mirror everyday and tell yourself “I have Radical Faith!!!”. Do not give the enemy any opportunity! Instead stand in Faith even when you are having the hardest time of your life!
Keep the Radical Faith! The most amazing things in life tend to happen at the moment you are about to give up on hope! (Anastasia Dermentzoglou).