What Faith Does
I remember sitting in a hospital room with my baby girl wondering if we would ever make it home. She had just been readmitted after only four days at home after the last six-night stay. My little girl was getting worse instead of better. My five older children were at home muddling through the homeschool day as much as possible without me and my husband was desperately trying to hold everything together and support me as best he could.
I remember sitting on the bench that made a bed in the window of that hospital room when I was suddenly overcome with feelings of fear and dread. I questioned nearly every choice I had made to up to that point.
I was clearly in a battle, and I was losing. I was physically exhausted and mentally discouraged when I cried out to God to remember His promises to me. That is the moment when the tide of the battle turned. As I prayed scripture after scripture aloud in that hospital room, I remembered that I was not relying on my own abilities but on the faithfulness of a living God. It was then that I pulled my shield of faith up over myself and let it bridge the gap between my circumstance and God’s promises to me.
When we allow our faith to be active, it accomplishes much in any situation.
What Faith Does
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Faith Focuses our attention on Jesus rather than our circumstance. It blocks out the distractions around us and allows us to move forward in our purpose. Because our focus is on Jesus, we have peace in the midst of our circumstances.
2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith and not by sight
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith Allows us to walk in victory even when we may feel that we are defeated or when we are discouraged. Faith in God’s promises that we are “more than conquerors” allows us to walk boldly in faith without fear of ultimate defeat.
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Faith Infuses our situations with hope. When we are faced with only what we can see, by faith we have hope beyond this world.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Faith Transforms our prayer life. When we have faith, not in ourselves, but in the one who hears and answers our prayers, we can pray in faith, and our prayers become powerful.
Mark 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Faith Heals our hurts. By faith not only our physical ailments can be healed but also the wounds of our hearts.
When we, as God’s children, operate in faith, the gap between our own limitations and God’s infinite ability is bridged.