Perserverance = Faith

Jesus encourages the application of faith for things which are seemingly impossible. 

How does faith operate? For a start, faith begins where our distrust ends. 

1 Corinthians 2:5 says that our faith does not “rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

Faith is based on who God is – His unchangeable character, His power and His Word. Faith is not based on our ability, our expertise or our acumen. 

Abraham exemplified this “illogical” faith. Hebrews 11:8 says that, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (emphasis mine)

Quite unlike Abraham, we want to understand all the pros and cons before we implement a decision, or even take a step forward. But faith is about implicit trust and obedience in a God whose ways are far beyond our comprehension. 

Like Abraham, faith will cause you do things which seem radical. It will cause you to look foolish. But, remember, such acts of faith propel the greatest breakthroughs. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 urges us to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Let’s unpack those verses:

Trust in the Lord – You and I are called to have complete faith in God

Lean not on your own understanding – Let go of your logic

In all your ways acknowledge Him – Depend on God in everything you do 

And He will make your paths straight – The consequence: God will provide a breakthrough . 

One of the greatest obstacles of faith is the human condition. It’s only when you let go can faith operate fully.

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