Endless Faith

Out of the heart of my young adult daughter, comes her faith in Jesus…

Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Adriana Shaw

What does it look like to faithfully walk with Jesus?

When one chooses to analyze the depths of that question, a curiosity is bound to arise. The thought of how can a sinful, imperfect, person have a relationship with the most loving, compassionate, and perfect person to ever walk the earth? Lately, this question has led to my assurance to be accepted by Christ is to be loved in inconceivable ways.

The closeness between Jesus and us can be likened to the bond in one’s earthly relationships. In a relationship, a man and a woman take time to understand the soul of their significant other. Both encourage one another, press on through the uncertainties, develop trust and honesty, and learn to value the other person. And yet, how is it possible to take two differing individuals and form such a bond of love? Through faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, the Word says “For we live by faith, not by sight” (NIV).  Now look at this scripture closely, what is the consequential action at play: to live. Understanding how to have faith is the key to living the purposeful life God intended for Christians to have. Additionally, faith is the key to reciprocating Christ’s pursuit after us in our relationship with him.

To have faith is not just to believe but is an act of persistent refining. Meaning, in order for one to achieve anything that is good, they must work hard and go through a series of work to be successful. Ergo, one’s faith must undergo tests! God in his care and compassion for us allow each of our faiths to undergo tests throughout life. If one endures the test, their faith is made stronger. Currently, my faith is being tested through the different activities in my personal life. This season of my life has been the most my faith is being made stronger. Now, in my weakness and stress I could complain. I could quit. I could crumble and just say “God, I love you, but I don’t think I can press through this!” And yet, it’s in those quiet thoughts where He bore this message of learning to have endless faith in him. Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (NIV). In this scripture, God conveys to us the result of faith: to have the confidence to believe in his power. To have confidence in Christ (as my mother has taught me), is the ability to have effective faith in the promises of God. When you are going through a tough time, and the feeling of drowning seems imminent, it is the belief that God will see you through that will cause you to journey onward. It’s the belief in him that instills the bond of love between you and your savior, Jesus Christ. He wants the very best for your life and to learn to depend on him to fight your battles. When you allow your faith to grow in Jesus, you can step back and say the words of second Timothy in chapter four verse seven: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (NIV). Press on through your faith in God, and he will never cease to see you through.

God’s Blessings.

 

Adriana_WWWJesusAdriana Shaw.  A 20-something, Jesus-loving, college student majoring in nuclear medicine. She enjoys expressive writing, singing in worship to the Lord and hanging out with friends. Adriana has a heart to help other young women and men to see their potential in God. She is also the youngest daughter of Lisa Shaw.

 

21 Responses to Endless Faith

  1. Adriana, baby girl, I’m so proud of you and the young woman that you are becoming in the Lord.

    You said it perfectly when you said: “When one chooses to analyze the depths of that question, a curiosity is bound to arise. The thought of how can a sinful, imperfect, person have a relationship with the most loving, compassionate, and perfect person to ever walk the earth? Lately, this question has led to my assurance to be accepted by Christ is to be loved in inconceivable ways.”

    We are indeed LOVED by JESUS in incredible, unconditional ways that we often can’t fathom. I’m grateful….

    Thank you for sharing!
    Love you.

  2. I was so excited to read your first post Adriana! It was beautiful. Your words are beautiful. Isn’t it amazing how Jesus showers us with His love and grace. Yes we walk by faith and not by sight. Thank you for the encouragement to fight the good fight and finish the race.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Thank you Ms. Debbie, and yes His love and grace never ceases to amaze me. I’m blessed that you were encouraged, may you have a peaceful week as well!

  3. Very encouraging words today Adriana! I like how you reminded us that we have to have faith not only in our relationship with Jesus Christ, but also in our earthly relationships with the people in our lives! Sometimes we forget that! May God bless you in your walk with Him today!

  4. Young but very insightful! Bet you’ve heard that before 🙂 I can see your walk influencing many and your faith in Jesus taking you places beyond your imagination.

    love~Tammy

  5. Adriana, this post is wise beyond your years. You have written such powerful Truth here, and written it in a powerful way. It is amazing, isn’t it, that our perfect Lord loves us the way He does. It truly is an unfathomable thing. And it is that love, that unchanging love, that gives us such hope in this life, and such confidence in the life to come.

    Thank you for sharing. I leave here greatly encouraged today.

    GOD BLESS!

    (Mama Lisa – you must be so proud!)

    • Good to hear from you Sharon and thank you for the encouragement to my daughter. She’s off line this week handling finals in college.

      And yes, I’m proud for sure! 🙂 Blessings to you and I pray all is well.

  6. Sweet girl, if I had understood what you understand at so young an age, I would have spared myself untold griefs! I’ve no doubt you will achieve your worthy & lofty goal of helping other young people achieve their potential in the Lord. No doubt it will cost you plenty, but your joy will abound; and so, too, honor & glory unto the Lord. We need women like you seeding such rich truths among today’s youth. God knows they are vulnerable to the seeds being sown by a world gone astray. Thank you for being faithful to His call!

    Love,
    Kathleen
    (aka, President of the Lisa Shaw Fan Club)

    • Aww, Kathleen, then we’ll both be President of each others fan clubs. 🙂

      Adriana is off line this week dealing with her finals for College but thank you for loving on her!

      Love you!

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