Encountering Faith

God gives us his gift of assurance that his kingdom is everlasting and his dominion will endure for all generations (Ps 145:13).  Faith isn’t generated, for we’re one body, and partake of one bread (Rom 10:17).  We must ask for wisdom without wavering and we’ll receive it (Jas 1:6).  Job when he was faced with misfortune didn’t blame God foolishly, but responded with unwavering faith (Ps 27:1).  The Lord is our light and salvation whom should we fear?  Though our justification by faith we’ll have peace when we access his grace (Rom 5:1-2) being confident of hope not seen (Rom 8:24-25).  With the Lord at our sides it’s better to trust in him than in others (Ps 118:5-9).

In our journey we must be prepared to take a leap of faith.  We’ve to be witnesses we embrace it in our simplicity.  Iyanla Vanzant (b. 1953), an American inspirational speaker and lawyer explained, “In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer.  Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’  Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’  What I’ve discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.”  Vanzant has confidence in the power of prayer.  She knows it’s real because it works.

Be Faithful

Mother Teresa (1910–1997), an Albanian Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary was mindful about what she had to do.  She encouraged us to: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  For reasons, small circumstances come our way.  Our response must be through the gifts of faith when we embrace tasks to help the poor.  These can be either in big or small projects.  Our walk beckons that we do our best when undertaking these tasks.

It’s always right and just to communicate with enthusiasm.  Saint Augustine (354–430 AD), an early Christian theologian and philosopher described the right attitude when he explained, “Pray as though everything depended on God.  Work as though everything depended on you.”  This is how our faith grows.

God: Our Creator

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931–2015), the 11th President of India, observed, “God, Our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability.  Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.”  People of prayer must have great faith.  They bring before their creator their pleas to be acceptable by him in their simplicity.  They know that God hears their prayers, listen to their requests, and answers petitions.

In bringing our prayers to God, great are those who believe in his mercies, and goodness.  Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), a French inventor and Christian philosopher assured us: “In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”  Believers only have to ask their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and their requests will be heard.  For best results, believe and ask in faith.  Wavering minds can be grounds for disappointments.  One way or another, the Lord will answer us.  We may receive exactly what we ask for, or, on some occasions, we’ll be surprised in the way our prayers are answered.

Encountering God

The Bible is filled with God’s promises, but we encounter faith in Jesus Christ – his life, death, resurrection, and ascension.  This occurs when we participate in the gifts of the Eucharistic feast.  Dwight L. Moody (1837–1899), an evangelist and publisher was sure: “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”  We can always depend on God.  It’s through faith when we aspire for goodness, truth, and are touched the divine (Jn 3:18-21).  It’s strength to trust in him and not ourselves.

 

 

 

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