How do you react when life seems to keep getting more difficult? I often hear the comment, “the more I try, the worse things get”. All of us have felt this way at times. It can be so frustrating when you feel like your prayers aren’t being heard. Discouragement sets in when you feel like your efforts to be a ‘better Christian’ don’t seem to be making a difference. Our faith is not something that we can earn, like a job promotion. Faith comes from our heart. Faith comes from deep within…from surrender…from absolute trust in God…and from a real relationship with Jesus. Faith is what molds our hearts and heals and directs our minds. Faith means we don’t have to understand why things happen to us…we believe and trust that God will help us press through it. There is a life journey we will all go through. They will be different journeys for different reasons. We cannot stop life difficulties from happening to us; but we can control the way we react to them. We can make a difference in the direction of our lives, by the way we learn to live. Live by faith and not by sight. Live by believing that Jesus is with you and He will carry you one step at a time. Trust that God loves you more than anything you can ever imagine. Know that you can face anything…when you allow faith in God to be your foundation.
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” ROMANS 10:9-11
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7
God is with us.
© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light
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