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I’ll bet if you are like me, you would like to have more faith to overcome the situations and challenges that we all face in life. Trials are an inevitable part of life and I don’t think they are ever going to stop coming our way as long as we are here on this earth, do you?

That being said, how can we have more faith to deal with these trials? I would suggest the first step is taking a different view of the challenges we face. Instead of looking at them from a negative viewpoint, we can choose to think of them as “opportunities”.

Opportunities you say? Give me a break. Yes, opportunities. It’s called reframing; looking at something in a different light. Try looking at it this way: trials are opportunities to grow our faith. Now, doesn’t that feel a little bit easier to swallow?

When we take the negativity out of the challenges of life, it takes the sting out them as well. Now, I am not being a pollyanna and denying that pain, hurt, and grief often accompany trials, but I am saying if we choose (and notice I said “choose”) to look at them from a different perspective, perhaps we will be more likely to look for some positive outcome and that, my friends, is called faith.

So, the next time a trial comes your way, pause a moment before reacting negatively to say to yourself “I am going to trust God to work this out for my good.” Then maybe we can work up to asking ourselves “What could I possibly learn from this?”

If you want more faith, it begins with how you look at the challenges in your life.

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Want More?

I’ll bet if you are like me, you would like to have more faith to overcome the situations and challenges that we all face in life. Trials are an inevitable part of life and I don’t think they are ever going to stop coming our way as long as we are here on this earth, do you?

That being said, how can we have more faith to deal with these trials? I would suggest the first step is taking a different view of the challenges we face. Instead of looking at them from a negative viewpoint, we can choose to think of them as “opportunities”.

Opportunities you say? Give me a break. Yes, opportunities. It’s called reframing; looking at something in a different light. Try looking at it this way: trials are opportunities to grow our faith. Now, doesn’t that feel a little bit easier to swallow?

When we take the negativity out of the challenges of life, it takes the sting out them as well. Now, I am not being a pollyanna and denying that pain, hurt, and grief often accompany trials, but I am saying if we choose (and notice I said “choose”) to look at them from a different perspective, perhaps we will be more likely to look for some positive outcome and that, my friends, is called faith.

So, the next time a trial comes your way, pause a moment before reacting negatively to say to yourself “I am going to trust God to work this out for my good.” Then maybe we can work up to asking ourselves “What could I possibly learn from this?”

If you want more faith, it begins with how you look at the challenges in your life.

How Big is Your Faith?

Is it the size of a mustard seed? Bigger than a bread box? Or do you have great faith?

There are many examples of different amounts of faith in the Bible. Romans 12:3 says that everyone has been given a measure of faith. When Jesus healed the woman with the 12 year issue of blood he said to her “Take heart, daughter,your faith has healed you.” (Matt 9:22). He said the same thing after healing blind Bartimaeus (Luke 18:42). When the disciples were in the boat, the storm raging all around them, Jesus awoke and said to them “Oh ye of little faith” and then calmed the storm (Matthew 8:26). Jesus reply to the Cannanite woman with the demon-possessed daughter was: “Woman, you have great faith. Your request is granted.” (Matthew 15:28)

Then of course we have Abraham who was so secure in his faith that he was willing to sacrifice his own son to God. These people were all at different stages of their faith and so are we.

So, again my question for you is “How big is your faith?” I would suggest that our faith is directly proportional to how big we think God is. Ponder that idea for a while and see if your faith increases. Have you put God in a box? Is there anything God cannot do? Would you like to have more faith?

We’ll talk more about this next time; so until then, keep the faith and keep looking up!

How Big is Your Faith?

Is it the size of a mustard seed? Bigger than a bread box? Or do you have great faith?

There are many examples of different amounts of faith in the Bible. Romans 12:3 says that everyone has been given a measure of faith. When Jesus healed the woman with the 12 year issue of blood he said to her “Take heart, daughter,your faith has healed you.” (Matt 9:22). He said the same thing after healing blind Bartimaeus (Luke 18:42). When the disciples were in the boat, the storm raging all around them, Jesus awoke and said to them “Oh ye of little faith” and then calmed the storm (Matthew 8:26). Jesus reply to the Cannanite woman with the demon-possessed daughter was: “Woman, you have great faith. Your request is granted.” (Matthew 15:28)

Then of course we have Abraham who was so secure in his faith that he was willing to sacrifice his own son to God. These people were all at different stages of their faith and so are we.

So, again my question for you is “How big is your faith?” I would suggest that our faith is directly proportional to how big we think God is. Ponder that idea for a while and see if your faith increases. Have you put God in a box? Is there anything God cannot do? Would you like to have more faith?

We’ll talk more about this next time; so until then, keep the faith and keep looking up!

Fear or Faith?

Since we have been talking about making choices, I thought the blog entry by Michael Hyatt entitled “Which type of thinker are you?” was particularly timely. He is the chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers and his topic is about how we think. The verse he quotes is from Proverbs 23:7 which says “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

It was interesting to read the various replies. Some folks are abundance thinkers and some are on the fence, struggling to overcome depression and scarcity mentality.

I think it all boils down to whether one has a fear or faith-based belief system. People who are fear-based tend to have a scarcity mentality. They become victims. They hoard possessions and tend not to trust others. Faith-based folks, on the other hand, are positive people. They know that everything comes from God and God never runs out. They are givers and encouragers. They trust that things will work out for the good.

So, what type of belief-system have you chosen? Have you accepted by default the beliefs of your parents? Are you a scarcity or an abundance thinker? Write and share your thoughts with us!

Fear or Faith?

Since we have been talking about making choices, I thought the blog entry by Michael Hyatt entitled “Which type of thinker are you?” was particularly timely. He is the chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers and his topic is about how we think. The verse he quotes is from Proverbs 23:7 which says “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

It was interesting to read the various replies. Some folks are abundance thinkers and some are on the fence, struggling to overcome depression and scarcity mentality.

I think it all boils down to whether one has a fear or faith-based belief system. People who are fear-based tend to have a scarcity mentality. They become victims. They hoard possessions and tend not to trust others. Faith-based folks, on the other hand, are positive people. They know that everything comes from God and God never runs out. They are givers and encouragers. They trust that things will work out for the good.

So, what type of belief-system have you chosen? Have you accepted by default the beliefs of your parents? Are you a scarcity or an abundance thinker? Write and share your thoughts with us!

The Choice is Ours

We all make lots of choices every day. Some of them are minor like what shirt to wear or where to have lunch. Some may seem minor, but really aren’t. In reality, our lives as well as our destinies are made up of the thousands of small decisions we make every day.

Think about it for a moment. Choices about what to eat, what to spend, whether to exercise or read our Bible over time, all become habits. These habits can either benefit us or harm us in the long run. Daily choices of a donut over a piece of fruit, a Starbucks frappucino over a glass of water, or viewing hours of television over spending time with the Lord determine who and what we will become.

The same thing goes for our choices when it comes to having faith. We can choose to have faith in God or not. We can choose to have faith in ourselves or not. And we can choose to have faith in others, or not. It is totally up to us and the daily choices we make in this area will strongly impact who and what we will become. It will also impact who and what others become.

So today, dear one, will you choose faith? Will you choose to believe in God, yourself and your loved ones? As the Bible says “Faith is the belief in things not yet seen”. Because, after all, if we could see it, it wouldn’t be faith at all now would it? Until next time, choose to use the power of faith and keep looking up!

The Choice is Ours

We all make lots of choices every day. Some of them are minor like what shirt to wear or where to have lunch. Some may seem minor, but really aren’t. In reality, our lives as well as our destinies are made up of the thousands of small decisions we make every day.

Think about it for a moment. Choices about what to eat, what to spend, whether to exercise or read our Bible over time, all become habits. These habits can either benefit us or harm us in the long run. Daily choices of a donut over a piece of fruit, a Starbucks frappucino over a glass of water, or viewing hours of television over spending time with the Lord determine who and what we will become.

The same thing goes for our choices when it comes to having faith. We can choose to have faith in God or not. We can choose to have faith in ourselves or not. And we can choose to have faith in others, or not. It is totally up to us and the daily choices we make in this area will strongly impact who and what we will become. It will also impact who and what others become.

So today, dear one, will you choose faith? Will you choose to believe in God, yourself and your loved ones? As the Bible says “Faith is the belief in things not yet seen”. Because, after all, if we could see it, it wouldn’t be faith at all now would it? Until next time, choose to use the power of faith and keep looking up!

Live Free

As we celebrate Independence Day weekend in the land of the free and the brave, let’s pause to thank those who have given and are giving their lives so that we can be free. There is a huge price to pay for freedom as we know but sometimes forget.

Jesus paid the ultimate price for our freedom two thousand years ago. At that time, people thought he was coming as a king to set them free from Roman rule, but in reality, He came to set us free from ourselves.

Old ways of thinking are what keep us in spiritual bondage. Our negative thoughts hold us captive. How we think of ourselves determines how we act in life and the choices we make, doesn’t it?

Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about. Do you see yourself as accepted by others or do you have to do or be something to be accepted or loved? Do you see yourself as attractive or ugly? Rich or poor? Smart or stupid?

Here are some more things to think about. Do you see yourself as free to make your own choices or is something or someone in the back of your head telling you what to do all the time? Do you realize you have the ability to do and to be whatever you desire to become in life? What is it that is holding you back? Perhaps a bad childhood, negative thought patterns, or a lack of confidence?

As we celebrate freedom and independence, make a choice to be truly free in your own life. Let Jesus show you the reality of who you really are and remember “He who the Son sets free is free indeed.”

Live Free

As we celebrate Independence Day weekend in the land of the free and the brave, let’s pause to thank those who have given and are giving their lives so that we can be free. There is a huge price to pay for freedom as we know but sometimes forget.

Jesus paid the ultimate price for our freedom two thousand years ago. At that time, people thought he was coming as a king to set them free from Roman rule, but in reality, He came to set us free from ourselves.

Old ways of thinking are what keep us in spiritual bondage. Our negative thoughts hold us captive. How we think of ourselves determines how we act in life and the choices we make, doesn’t it?

Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about. Do you see yourself as accepted by others or do you have to do or be something to be accepted or loved? Do you see yourself as attractive or ugly? Rich or poor? Smart or stupid?

Here are some more things to think about. Do you see yourself as free to make your own choices or is something or someone in the back of your head telling you what to do all the time? Do you realize you have the ability to do and to be whatever you desire to become in life? What is it that is holding you back? Perhaps a bad childhood, negative thought patterns, or a lack of confidence?

As we celebrate freedom and independence, make a choice to be truly free in your own life. Let Jesus show you the reality of who you really are and remember “He who the Son sets free is free indeed.”