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“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” – James 1: 2-4 (NLT).
When I first read this verse many years ago, I thought to myself, “What? How do troubles, joy, and faith fall into the same verse?!” In my mere human mind, I couldn’t really wrap my mind around this. However, in many ways, this verse became the catalyst to diving deeper into understanding of how the trials of life were perfecting my faith and how our faith is ultimately defined as trusting in His power no matter what.
As a woman who has faced trials in various seasons of my life, I can truly say that our God is a God of miracles. However, when there’s still “one thing” we’re hoping for Him to deliver, we may find ourselves tempted to judge God’s faithfulness by the one thing He hasn’t yet answered for us versus remembering all of the other times He has shown Himself faithful.
During this season of infertility, I have found myself guilty of succumbing to feelings of fear and worry that, for whatever reason, God didn’t want to answer this specific heart desire. Knowing that my spirit was weakening with unstable faith, I started searching His Word for answers and also looking to Godly counsel in Christian devotionals, books, and conversations with my trusted small group friends.
Ephesians 3:20 became an anchor verse for me as I found solace in His Word. It was a scripture of positive affirmation that boldly stated God is able to do immeasurably more than I could ever truly ask for or fathom according to his power that was at work within me.
In Hebrews 11, so many verses start out with the phrase “by faith” followed by the acts that the great Noah, Abraham, Enoch, and so many others were able to do to glorify God’s kingdom. It made me wonder, “what ‘by faith’ moment would define me?”
Sisters, let me just say it this way…there is power in our faith because it glorifies His power. This confidence that we have in Him ultimately defines us as Christians.
The Message translation of Hebrews 11:1-2 says it this way:
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.”
Though feelings of doubt may creep into our mind when we’re unsure of God’s plan for us, the beauty is that faith is an action, an identity, and an existence that chooses to trust in His power even when feelings of doubt, fear, or anxiety come into play.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” – 2 Timothy 1:7
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I read scripture and worry about how I’m interpreting it. However, there are some verses in the Bible that make the intent as clear as day. In my mind, I imagine Jesus to be a pretty straightforward person because He wanted to see as many people come to Him as possible. When I reflect on the previous verses, I have no doubt that God wanted to be as clear as possible on how important and powerful faith is in our lives. Though we know that our God is all powerful and will ultimately do all that He pleases according to His will, it’s important to understand that our faith in action is a form of worshiping Him and inviting Him to intercede on our behalf.
A powerful level of faith also puts us in a position to bravely step up to risks of faith…situations where we are able to exercise our faith and confidence in His power.
We may take a risk of faith by going out of our comfort zone at a social function and asking God to use us to witness to someone. We might also exercise the power of our faith after healing from a loved ones’ death and another person observing how God is working in our lives. We are called by His Word to share our faith in order for others to draw closer to Him. If you heard of God performing a miracle of healing or redemption in a loved one’s life, wouldn’t that increase your faith?
Don’t let the enemy try to deceive you with fear or lies that your miracles at not worth sharing. There is power in sharing your faith in Him so that He can continue to do immeasurably more.
My sweet sister, I challenge you today to build your faith daily, providing a platform for God to do immeasurably more in your life and the lives of others.
3 Keys to Increasing Our Faith:
1. Understand the importance of faith in scripture
2. Document and reflect all the times that God has been faithful in your life in the past and in Scripture
3. Share your faith by word and actions
Father God, I pray that you would use my every day circumstances as a way to grow my faith. Lord, I ask that you move in our lives in a way that we would not take even the smallest miracle for granted. Father God, I ask for strength among my sisters in Christ…Lord that you would give them a healing and a freedom from any past hurts that are affecting their current level of faith. Lord we know that it is YOUR power that is at work within us, and that our faith can provide a platform for You to do IMMEASURABLY MORE according to Your will. Father God, I thank you for Your grace, Your mercy, and always for Your gift of salvation. – Amen
Sheena Gregg is a Christian, wife, and passionate friend to as many as she can meet. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, she works daily to help her patients and loved ones establish a healthy relationship with food and recognize that God gave us these gifts for both nourishment and as a gift of celebration. with God bringing glory to every heartache, Sheena has battled and won against her own bondage of an eating disorder and continues to hold tight to His promises in her current chapter of life with infertility. She takes confidence in His words “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well” He so beautifully promises in Matthew 9:22. Craving God Ministries gives Sheena an opportunity to expose the miracles and freedom that can be found while beautifully broken in all circumstances. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17