Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Faith is something that will never stop growing stronger in you as you continue and persevere at “walking” with Him. Faith is a muscle that strengthens with learning, adversity, sacrifice, and risk as you wisely obey His call and His direction. “Belief” in something is a heart/head knowledge and acceptance. Faith is ‘acting' on the promises and directives of the God who you “believe” in, and His Word that you “believe” in. It’s not just talking about your beliefs, but walking them out. Faith is active. It is acting like God is telling the truth…adapting your behavior, your decisions, and basically your whole lifestyle to what God has asked you to do. it often requires risk, but a risk that requires wisdom. We must know His truth to know how to step out in faith. The enemy is working overtime to keep you too busy or too fearful to take the risk. Don’t let him distract you. God is not worried about His reputation; you do not have to protect it; He is BIG enough to show off His glory and pour out His blessings as we walk with Him in faith, trusting He will do what He says He will do.
Faith does not control God. It doesn’t make God do something or not do something. It gives us “access" to what God has ALREADY intended to do for us! Faith does not focus on how strong “our belief" is, but it focuses on how trustworthy, true, and loyal HE is. It’s directed at and rooted in a “good God”. "God is good, and He is good at being God". If you tend to struggle in moving forward in obedience to God and His word, you do not need “bigger" faith….you need a BIGGER God. Your level of faith will always be tied to your perception of God. We need an accurate and honest view of the faithfulness of our God. And we, as women especially, need to move forward in faith despite what our feelings tell us. Don’t let your feelings overshadow your level of faith. We must walk BY HIS WORD and not let the enemy confuse, distract, discourage, disappoint, and frighten us, thereby wearing us down and watering down what we know to be true. You can know by the way you ‘act’ whether or not you are walking out and taking up the shield of faith.
A woman who extinguishes the fiery darts of the enemy with her Shield of Faith “chooses" to live with a steadfast confidence in the Lord and His promises. She “walks" onward in accordance with the truth revealed in His Word, and she “pushes” past her fears and/or doubts which the enemy uses to try to paralyze her in insecurity.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.” (Deut 7:9)