With Faith Alone.....
WOW! What a powerful statement! "With Faith alone..." Over the past few months, this statement has been coming to mind quite often. As I began to ponder these simple, yet Profound, 3 words, I realized they were words from the Lord Jesus Christ. "FAITH....FAITH...FAITH!"
The words continued to come to Mind as I continued with college, work and my daily activities. I didn't fully begin to comprehend what the word, "FAITH" meant until I realized the stress and burdens I was putting myself under. I was allowing my confidence in myself to dwindle as I stressed about numerous things including upcoming tests, reports, state board exam for my CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course and just the necessities I had to accomplish. FINALLY, the thought occurred to me, "What am I putting my FAITH IN?", myself or God??
It took months to get to the point of realizing what TRUE FAITH is!! In fact, I still have a challenging time accepting this as something I need to be trusting in God about.
The Lord's powerful words rang out in my ears and for the first time in awhile I tuned in to listen: "Now FAITH is being sure of what we HOPE for and CERTAIN of what we do not SEE!!" Hebrews 11:1
This verse has transformed the way I live, because "without Faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly SEEK HIM." (Hebrews 11: 4)
When we choose to WALK in Faith, we are choosing to GIVE Our Life to Christ and Trust in His UNFAILING HOPE and LOVE! What a step of FAITH!
This is what the LORD has been showing me these past few months and this is what has inspired me to FULLY PURSUE ministry by leaving everything in Washington including my family, friends, job and college and FOLLOW the Lord's call for my life.
For the next 6 months of my life, beginning in January and continuing until June, I will be attending YWAM (Youth WIth A Mission) which is a ministry organization that has bases throughout the world that trains people for ministry and sends them out to the nations. The first 3 months will be my Discipleship Training school in Kona, Hawaii which will be the lecture phase. In addition, I will be going on a 3 month outreach phase to some country overseas after the DTS to put everything I have learned into practice. I am so excited for the Lord to transform my life!! He has been reminding me of a verse that has been coming to mind nearly every day,
"Therefore, GO and MAKE disciples of all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to Obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
This is a passage of Scripture from the Great Commission, in which Jesus is sending out His disciples! Therefore, I am His disciple ready to follow in His steps! He is guiding me to take this next step-LEAP OF FAITH!
BY FAITH ALONE!!..