If you visit with me enough you’ll hear me talk often about what I call a real-faith. What is a real-faith? It’s a faith in the God of the Bible that is not based on perfection, legalism or works. It’s based on a genuine relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A real-faith is a daily journey with God. It’s learning to be content in all circumstances as Paul speaks of in Philippians 4:11. It’s knowing that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10) even in the midst of difficult situations. A real-faith says that when something happens that I don’t understand or even want to deal with, I will trust in the Lord and not on my own understanding or lack thereof (Proverbs 3:5-6).
A real-faith has good days and bad days. Days when our words speak healing and edify others, and sadly days when we lose our patience with each other and say something that warrants a quick apology. A real-faith engages the blessings and works through the challenges with God’s help. A real-faith looks to help others who are in need without looking for something in return. A real-faith says, I know that God is real and that He’ll never leave me or forsake me. A real-faith also says: Lord, increase my faith. It’s not a faith that says I will never fear, never doubt, never get angry, never get offended, never throw up my hands and say, when God is all of this going to change. No, a real-faith does do those things and more but quickly goes to God humbly and says, God please forgive me and thank You for allowing me to see Your heart and hand in every situation. Help me to trust in You.
Girlfriend, a real-faith is messy hair days, family moments that can bring you to tears and situations with people that cause you to pray even more. Real-faith is friendships that have ups and downs.
Real-faith is determined to walk the journey with Jesus.
Real-faith is determined to run a good race and fight the good fight of faith to the end!
And a real-faith is saying, we may look and sound differently, have different prayer and worship styles, read different versions of the Bible, go to different churches, eat different foods, enjoy different things but we have the common bond of our faith in the Lord and that is what is important, and as such, we must support and encourage each other as we encounter our real-faiths.
Real-faith means times when you love, laugh, cry, sing, pray, exhale and sigh. I’m thankful we are walking the real-faith together. That’s a beautiful and blessed walk!