In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV)
Faith is to the mind as love is to the heart. We know that when someone you love hurts you or leaves you, you become broken hearted. That is the same thing that happens to your faith, when things don’t go the way you want it to go, it affects your faith in God. I am here to tell you that faith eases a mind overwhelmed by the (hows) and the (whys) of a situation.
Faith brings peace to the chaotic thoughts, worries, and anxieties in your life. Faith is a soothing comfort to the racing mind filled with fear. Faith is a comforting blanket to the mind gone cold with doubt and negativity. Faith empowers a weak mind that does not believe it can overcome a challenge and reassures a gentle mind that is afraid to step out of its comfort zone.
When thought and action alone are not enough to face an obstacle or overcome a challenge, call upon the warrior known as faith. Ephesians 6:16 tells us, “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” For only faith can go where the rational mind cannot and see what the reasoning mind fails to see. This quote comes to mind when I think about my faith and my God, “All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. – Martin Luther
Heavenly Father, give us hope, give us patience to cope and a reason to keep holding on. Take our trembling hand and give us the power to not let go. Lord give us the faith that will allow us to climb that rope and pull our sister up as well. In your precious son- Jesus’ name. Amen!
Thank you ladies for your words of encouragement. Karema, there is more but it would be a book and like my blog not too many would read it. I’m still blessed and hanging on to my Faith 😃
-Crystal November 14, 2020
How wonderful this is! Thank you for encouraging and empowering us with God’s word. -Ruby Demouchet November 14, 2020
This year has been an entire year of things NOT going the way I want. I feel like there’s more to your story? If so I’d love to know more. It’s always good to hear what you write Crystal! Can’t wait to read the next devotion from you. -Karema November 13, 2020
This is a definite FAITH builder!!!! Thanks for the strong encouragement. -Deborah Smith November 13, 2020
Crystal, Thank you for this encouragement. I needed this reminder today! -Vonyee Carrington November 13, 2020
Thank you Dr. Hayes for those words and for sharing your platform with others. God Bless you. -Crystal Johnson November 13, 2020
Crystal I love the analogy of reaching out to faith as a rope! Thank you so much for pouring out your heart in this wonderful devotion. -Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes November 13, 2020