“But the righteous will live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4 NASB).
The beginning of a new year causes me to evaluate where I am and where I want to go. I realized that my physical and spiritual muscles have become a little soft. Soft may be desirable in pillows and toilet paper, but not in body tone or faith.
Just as my body requires fuel and exercise, so does my soul. Studying my Bible feeds my faith, but I need to exercise that faith to stay strong and continue growing. Knowing the perils of fragile faith and the benefits of firm faith motivates me to exercise my faith muscles.
Below are two lists to help you take inventory of the condition of your faith.
- Worries, frets and forgets we have a Father who knows our needs. (Matthew 6:30, Psalms 23:1)
- Is timid and fearful (Matthew 8:26)
- Is easily sabotaged by distractions (Matthew 14:30-31)
- Quickly forgets God’s history of faithfulness (Matthew 16:8-10)
- Limits our spiritual power (Matthew 17:18-21)
- Limits our options (Romans 14:1-2)
- Believes what God says (Matthew 8:5-10)
- Provides deep healing of body and soul (Matthew 9:2, 22, 29, 15:28; Mark 2:6)
- Restores our sight — Literal sight in this passage, but also spiritual sight (Luke 18:32)
- Grows stronger in impossible circumstances (Romans 4:19-20)
- Expands our personal freedoms (Romans 14:23)
- Is demonstrated through obedience (Romans 16:26, Hebrews 11)
- Is based on God’s power not man’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:5)
- Has Christ as its object (Gal. 2:20, Hebrews 12:2)
- Is bold (2 Timothy 1:7)
How did you do? If you, like me, checked too many in the fragile faith category, don’t fret (see #1 in fragile list!). Instead, create a plan to renew your mind and and strengthen those faith muscles. When will you read your Bible? If it helps, write it on your daily calendar. What will you read?
Because faith is living, it needs constant care. Just as we eat, sleep, exercise, and practice good daily hygiene to enjoy physical health so we must work to maintain vibrant faith. No one brushes her teeth and says, “Good, I never have to do that again!” So it is with faith. Moment by moment, opportunity by opportunity, I must choose to walk by faith or, by default, I won’t.
My goal for this year is to consciously choose faith! Let’s pray for each other, that this year will be a year of strong faith—faith that says, “Wow, what a Savior!
Happy New Year,
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