In a moment, you’ll get the 4 keys. First imagine with me:
In place of watered-down Christianity, people would see Christ in us, in you. Wouldn’t you reach out to the hurting, the poor, to HIV-positive babies? Wouldn’t you embrace people who look different from you or who smelled like cigarettes?
With open arms, you’d welcome the outsider, wouldn’t you?
Even if she wears designer clothes. Or tattoos.
You’d share God’s love at shopping malls and office buildings, jails and nursing homes, hospitals and orphanages, universities and kindergartens. Everywhere.
The gates of hell would tremble. Oh yes!
I know you want this type of mountain-moving faith. A faith of victorious belief.
Here are 4 keys to living a victorious faith.
Faith is believing in the Word of God. Do you believe the Word–that is, the Bible–and all it says about God and about you? You are chosen, loved, forgiven, and a daughter of the most high God of love and holiness.
Faith is acting upon your belief. One thing I share with my counselees is believing the Word can be tough sometime but acting on your belief is tougher. It shows whether your belief is true.
A couple summers ago, I drove six hours alone to a writer’s conference. So what? you may ask. When I zoomed by Honda on the highways, I acted in faith that God is with me even if I had a panic attack. If you’ve experience panic attacks, you know this terror, a terror I wish on no one.
I had been plagued by highway driving phobia since my late 20s. Now was the time to act on my belief. What belief do you struggle acting upon? What is one step you can take toward acting upon your belief?
Faith is acting on your belief no matter how you feel. Was I scared during my drive from my home to the conference? At times, yes. I felt tense and edgy and shaky every so often and especially when the traffic got heavy or I had to make highway changes.
Yet I chose to act of my belief in my fear.
I could have let my fear keep me home. And, sadly, many times I’ve made the choice to let my feeling rule me. When have you given into to your emotions? Which emotions tend to get the best of you? What can you do differently and honor God?
Faith is knowing God promises a good result. What do people say about life and lemons? When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. God promises much, much more than a refreshing beverage. He promises that faith in his Son Jesus brings everlasting life now.
In fact all of his promises are wonderful.
He promises provision and protection and peace as well as loving discipline, abundant life, and hope.
Savor this familiar scripture:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11, ESV
Crown of Victory
In ancient Greek athletic games, winners were crowned with wreaths of leaves and received praise and honor. Jesus also wore a stephanos, a crown of thorns, and faced crucifixion. The people mocked him, believing that the King of the Jews had been defeated.
In rising from the dead, Christ won the ultimate victory over sin and death.
The New Testament uses the word stephanos to describe the crowns that await believers. The apostle Paul wrote:
And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8, NLT
Did you get that?
All who believe in God get the crown. Not some or few, but you and me too. While you look forward to the crown you’ll receive in heaven, live victoriously now.
Believe the Word of God and act on it, no matter how you feel, knowing God promises a good result.
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What gets in the way of acting on your belief?