Faith is not a sentiment. It is a call for action. Too often we let the life happen and we wander without thinking, even without praying. But then we are in danger to get where the flow takes us and not where we want to go. We need to put our faith in action. We need to start our days by praying for guidance, for wisdom, for direction.
Tommy Barnett states “I’ve discovered it is not sufficient simply to try to take time for quietness but that I must, with all diligence, make time. Whatever keeps me from prayer, solitude, and the Bible, however good it appears, is my enemy if I am to be God’s devoted friend and follower.”
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. (Hebrews 11:1-2, MSG)
Once we have (re)grounded our life in Jesus Christ we are ready to go on with our lives as directed and guided throughout the day. We are ready to bring our faith into action.
When we are focused on God we can by an act of faith tackle whatever is thrown our way.
When we are focused on God we can by an act of faith follow Christ in everything we do.
When we are focused on God we can by an act of faith be bold in our callings.
What have you done by an act of faith? It’s our calling as Christians to act by faith. It does take a lot of courage to follow Christ and do what we are called to do. But we do have a lot of great examples of faith in the Bible. Their message to us is clear: Be bold! Be strong! Be courageous! Walk by faith! Act by faith! God is with you!
Help us to take our faith seriously
and put it in action.
Give us courage to act by faith
not just believe in our hearts.
Fill us with your spirit!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What is your act of faith today? How are you going to live out your faith today?
Be blessed, fellow pilgrim! Be bold! Be Strong! The Lord our God is with you!
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