Where is Your Faith?

Written by Cherie Hill

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wherefaithIn times of disappointment, heartache, sickness or discontent when the storms of life are raging all around God sometimes feels very far away.  We can start to wonder why He let this happen, or why He isn’t doing something, right now, to stop it or fix it.  He could have prevented this storm and He didn’t.  As we come to the end ourselves in our storms of life, we angrily cry out, “Lord, don’t you care?”  And His reply is, “Where is your faith?”

If you are not currently experiencing a time of difficulty, or time of doubt and uncertainty, then PRAISE God! But get ready, because Jesus assured us in John 16:33 (NLT),

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world!”

Jesus in the midst of the storm

In Luke 8:22-25 and Mark 4:35-40 (NLT), we find the disciples with Jesus, in a boat, taking a trip to the other side of the Sea of Galilee . They might have expected this would be one of the most amazing trips they’d ever take, and it was; just not in the way they expected.

As they crossed the Sea, a raging storm came upon them, out of nowhere.
This storm brought these expert fishermen to the very end of themselves. They thought they were going to die. Have you ever been in a situation like that?  One where there seems to be no way out, nothing you can do to save yourself?  That same desperation is what the disciples must have felt that night.  The storm was too big.  We can look at their situation and think, “Didn’t they realize they had Jesus in the boat with them?” Listen, Jesus is in the boat with you too.

The disciples struggle to keep their boat from capsizing.
Finally, as a last ditch effort, turn to Jesus in anger, crying out, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?” As they look to Him, they find Him sleeping on a cushion, in the back of the boat. When we finally turn to Jesus, we too angrily cry out, “Lord, don’t you care?” As we look to Him, we find Him resting. We wonder, “How can He rest at a time like this?”

As the story continues, Jesus awakes and says to the storm, “Peace! Be Still!” and there was instant calming. A word from Jesus was all it took. The disciple’s desperation ceased and they were left in awe and amazement. We shouldn’t criticize ourselves too much for our lack of faith. The Disciples had witnessed the greatest miracles of Jesus, yet they were consumed with fear. Jesus was physically with them, and they waited until the last minute to ask Him for help.  We wonder, “Shouldn’t it have it occurred to them, to ask Him for help, right away?” We should ask ourselves that same question in the desperate situations we face. Why go through all the worry and struggle, when we can just ask Jesus to calm the storm?

We can declare, “It’s just not that easy.  Besides, Jesus was with them, physically.”
If we believe in God’s Word, if we trust completely in what He says, then we must know that He is with us too. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear for I am with you.” Matthew 28:20 says, “I am with you always” So the question is, do you believe He is? When we’re consumed with fear and doubt and the wind and waves are taking us under, we can be assured that Jesus is with us.

We know that we need to trust Jesus, but practically, how do we do that when we’re being tossed about?
Trusting in God means: seeking Him, entering into His rest, and trusting in His Word. Our faith requires action.

  1. Faith seeks God in all things at all times. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus was very specific in telling those who were heavy-laden and overburdened to come to Him. If we’re experiencing fear and doubt, it’s because we’re not trusting God. We can’t trust Him in some things and not in others. There’s no such thing as God being almost sovereign.
    If our situation needs a miracle, then we must realize that God is the only One that can perform that miracle. We must go to Him in prayer, casting all our cares on Him, and trust that He will handle it all, in His way, in His timing, which is always perfect. We must stop “laboring,” and start trusting.
  2. Faith enters into God’s rest. In a violent, life-threatening storm, Jesus was peacefully asleep. In our storms of life, we too, can enter into rest with God. We must stop trying to do what only God can do. Often times, we are to stand still and watch God work (1 Chronicles 20: 15-17). Most of the time He simply wants us to believe (2 Chronicles 16:9).Entering into God’s rest, means continuing to trust Him, even if, our situation does not change. We can’t change our circumstances if the circumstances we are in are God’s will. We must trust that He has promised to work ALL things for good (Jeremiah 29:11). We might not be able to see how the trials and tribulations of our lives can possibly be used for good, but God is sovereign, we are not; His ways are higher and His ways are far better (Isaiah 55:8-9).
  3. Faith trusts God and His Word. You can’t be an unbelieving believer. You either trust God or you don’t. You trust His Word or you don’t. Faith does not walk by sight, because every time you step out in faith, you can rest assured, you are going to be challenged with something that contradicts it. Faith is a choice, not a feeling.It is choice that declares, regardless of the way things appear, “I trust God.” Never forget that God sees your life from beginning to end.  He is all-knowing, all-caring, and all-loving. There is nothing in your life that goes beyond His control. Trust Him to bring about victory in your life. You won’t be disappointed (1 Chronicles 5:20; Psalm 22:5).

If you find your faith and fear colliding, look to Jesus. He has not jumped out of the boat of your life.  Seek God, enter into his rest, trust His Word.  When the storms of life hit you won’t have to dust off your Bible or go searching for a lost prayer.  You’ll know where you faith is.

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69 Responses to “Where is Your Faith?”

  • Leia London says:

    I posted a couple of days ago, in a complete funk about what I presumed was or more accurately, was not doing in my life, and I have come back to apologise, not only to anyone who may have read the post (I pray you all just rolled your eyeballs at it, and got on with worshipping the Most High!), but also to God himself for my remarkable lack of disbelief and faith in the face of everything that he has done for me, and is currently doing for me.

    The enemy knows our areas of weakness, and for me it has always been rejection and fear of not-being-good-enough. I was raised in a household where I was not shown love, encouraged, included or valued and as such, I made many wrong choices and sought love it wrong places, never believing that who I am was ok.

    Then God comes along and says to me, I love you, always have, always will, AND I even have a great plan for your life, which is why I have kept you all of these years.

    The thing is, as soon as my faith in God grows, and I start to move towards my destiny, and an effective prayer life, the enemy comes in with his usual crap – “Why didn’t God stop that from happening to you? Why did God do that for that person and not you? Why do you look like you do? Why aren’t you successful in that area yet when you’ve been trying for years? Where’s this anointing on your life that you’re believing God for? LOOOL…”

    Yeah, that’s what he does. And I cannot stress enough that when God is taking you somewhere, the devil will attack you out of NOWHERE to cause doubt, fear and disbelief. Always be on your guard people! As 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. Let not your destiny be stolen, let not your faith be shaken. Let not your fellow believer stumble! I am guilty of this, and ask for your forgiveness.

    I would like to thank God in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross at Calvary, for me for the following, which is a just a tiny portion of what he has done for me:

    My life
    My perfect health
    My child
    My job
    My family
    My home
    My friends
    food on the table
    money in my bank account
    my car
    my pastor
    my church family
    travelling to and fro every day without harm
    a sound mind
    the beauty of the world
    his mercy and grace
    his forgiving heart
    his love for me
    his sacrifice for me
    his unconditional love for me
    protecting me from those who planned to hurt me
    keeping me all of these years
    his amazing plan for my future

    THANK YOU LORD!!

    In every circumstance, thank Him! Praise his Holy name. He is the Alpha and the Omega.

    Amen

  • Leia London says:

    Also, it would be great to see the testimonies of those who had previously posted, waiting on God for urgent miracles and answers…

  • Leia London says:

    I’m really struggling with my faith right now. It’s difficult to believe God for his promises when he does not come through for you when you need him to. Yeah, yeah…God’s timing is not our timing, We haven’t prayed enough, tithed often enough, forgiven enough, confessed enough, believed enough.

    Well frankly, I’m tired of jumping through God’s hoops, like a show-dog waiting for a treat should get the combination right!

    It’s painful and rejecting when you see total atheists being more fruitful than you who is trying hard and praying for open doors, only to encounter silence and stagnation. Yeah it’s ok atheist – you keep your mansion in Bel-Air, I’ll just eat my mayo sandwich and struggle to pay my bills cos I’ve got a mansion in heaven!

    My question is – what are we Christians actually supposed to be trusting God for? When he doesn’t come through for us when we need him, what should we believe? When people who despise him and do not declare and stand on his promises have more fruit than you, what should you take from that?

    It’s worse to believe in God’s promises & receive continual disappointment, than believe in yourself and not quite hit the mark sometimes…

  • Susan says:

    Kara,

    No matter what sin you have done but at least you have realized it. That is imporatnt and the goodnews is, if you are ready to turn from your sinful lifestyle(whatever may be) God is ready to forgive you. In the Bible in 1 John 1 :9 says. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins(A) and purify us from all unrighteousness. So, please confess all your sins(verbally) ask Jesus to forgive you. He will completely forgive you then no need to think about that. And commit your life to Jesus/surrender completely to HIm and start a fresh life. Start, spending some time reading God’s word(Bible). God will speak to you through the Bible. Start attending a Bible based church.

    Please log on to this link and you can get many useful stuff.

    http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/discoverpurpose/

  • Kara says:

    I found this website not by chance, but for a reason. I am in the deepest financial trouble I have ever encountered in my life. Car repossessed, house threatening foreclosure. Barely enough money to pay bills and put food on the table. Months ago I lost my way a bit with God (I have been a born again Christian for 30 years). I sinned and although I feel awful about these sins, some I still find myself committing (lies…lies that I think are protecting others. Meaning, I cannot bear to tell my family the truth of my situation). I know God is saddened by my actions these past few months but I still need him now more than ever. I basically need the biggest miracle financially that could come to me. But I am scared…scared I have made too many mistakes and that my cries (literally, every day and night) are not heard.

    I ask for forgiveness but I don’t know how to fully walk away from all this sin either. So, I continue to struggle.

    Thank you for listening.

  • Susan says:

    Paula,

    I am so sorry to hear this. But, let’s approach the Creator of this universe. Let’s ask for His mercy for your situation. In the Bible in 1 Peter 5:7 says, Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    Let’s pray,

    Father God, I commit Your child and her need in Your hand. Lord, You are only person who can help her. Lord, have mercy upon this child of Yours. Open some doors for her. Fill Paula with Your peace and Lord, help her to trust in You totally. Remove all fear from her life and strengthen her. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Paula, keep us updated about your situation.

  • Paula says:

    Please help me trust God. I am about to be evicted…nowhere to go, no job. I am so frightened. I do not want to be homeless. If things do not change and we are kicked out I am praying for more time. amen

  • Susan says:

    Samuel,

    I know it is not easy. Let’s trust on Jesus. But, I want to tell you Samuel, you don’t get upset about this(it is easy for me to say) because God is in control of every thing. Anyway Samuel, we don’t know God’s ways. Let us pray for a good outcome but you be strong and know that whatever happens it for the good only.

    Father God,

    I pray for Your precious child’s situation in Your hand. Lord, bless Samuel and I ask for Your mercy. Lord, he should not waste his time and year and I ask for Your favor on his results. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Susan says:

    Lings,

    So happy to read your comment because this article helped you. Lings, you must read Psalm 91 and 121. How God protect us. When Jesus is with us, we don’t have to fear. He sends His angels and protect us.

    You can also visit http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/discoverpurpose/

  • Susan says:

    Joyce,

    I would like to pray for you. Before that let me tell you something. God’s ways are not our ways and God’s timings may differ from ours. First we must see, are we in tune with God…? are we walking and living the way He expects? Are we spending our money the way He expects. etc…But still He is a God full of mercy and He loves you Joyce. Let’s ask God for a breakthrough.

    Father God,

    I pray that You bless Joice’s finance and meet all her needs. Lord, help her to manage her money the way You expects. Lord, fill Joyce with Your peace and I pray that You guide her. Thak You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Susan says:

    Faraja,

    I would like to pray for you. Faraja, nothing is difficult for God. Our God created this universe. His creation and His ways are beyond our imagination. Why not trust Him my friend.

    Father God,

    I thank You for this time. Lord, I pray for Your child, Faraja, and I pray for her healing. Lord, You are the best Doctor and we trust in You. Lord, first I pray for her spiritual healing. Help her to experience Your love. Lord, reveal Yourself to her and heal her completely. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
    Faraja, I would encourage you to log on to http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/discoverpurpose/

    Let me know how you feel.

  • samuel says:

    I am samuel from Ghana west Africa…..Am a final year student studying BA. Publishing Studies….one of my lecturers told me yesterday that I have failed in his subject meaning I won’t be able to graduate next month….Please pray for me I need a miracle now……thank you….

  • lings says:

    Please pray for me

  • lings says:

    thank you, it helped. Fear overcome me, it took away all my peace. Ur article help me reassure that Jesus is in contro.

  • Joyce Ponder says:

    I’m believing a miracle is on the way … in JESUS name … AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

  • Joyce Ponder says:

    Joyce P.,
    I’m in a financial situation & need a supernatural miracles to be performed “NOW” today. I know that our God is a right now God & can work this out. Please pray with me.

  • Aldo says:

    Faraja, I will certainly pray for you.

    Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love for Faraja. A love so great it is unfathomable. Help him to grasp the magnitude of that love. Help him to comprehend the sacrifice You made for him in sending Your Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die for his sins, and the sins of all mankind. Lord, touch Faraja with Your healing power. Heal him of whatever the authorities have said he has, and give him peace in his heart about it. Let him realize that Jesus Christ, Your “only begotten,” has taken upon his body on the cross of Calvary, not only all his sins, but all his sicknesses, all his deceases, and all his infirmities. Help him Lord, to have a relationship with You by accepting and receiving Jesus as his Savior and Lord, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

    Faraja, here is some info which I gathered from an online site: https://www.focusforhealth.org.

    What is Hepatitis B?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered this essential information in 2013:
    Hepatitis B is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis B virus. Severity can vary from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact with an infected person or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment. Hepatitis B can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby at birth.

    The two types of hepatitis B infection:

    Acute or overt is an active infection when a person is not only infected with hepatitis B but also shows signs of antibodies that are fighting the virus.
    This type of infection lasts less than 6 months.
    According to the Hepatitis B Foundation, most adults can recover from the disease:
    “90% of healthy adults are able to ‘recover’ by getting rid of the virus […]. Once a person has recovered, they are no longer contagious and are immune to future hepatitis B infections.”
    There is generally no treatment other than rest and supportive measures to manage any symptoms.

    A chronic condition is identified when a person is infected with hepatitis B for longer than six months.
    This can also be an occult (hidden) infection, which means the person no longer has antibodies, but the virus is still replicating slowly.
    The person might not even be aware of the presence of the disease.
    About 10% of adults who contract hepatitis B will develop chronic hepatitis B.

  • Faraja Mwasambungu says:

    Please pray for me i have been told i have hepatitis B

  • Faraja Mwasambungu says:

    Please pray for me..i have been told i have hepatitis B

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