Friday, April 5, 2013

Are You On The Roller Coaster Of Faith Or The Rock Of Faith?



Faith must be based on an unshakable God to be an unshakable faith.  It must be based on Who He is, not what He does.

Because if our faith is only based on what He does, then how will we hold on during the difficult times?  How will we hold on when circumstances seem against us?  How will we hang in there when we don't understand?  How will we keep believing that He loves us and is doing what's best for us when we're hurting or suffering?


We can't be sight based people, we have to be faith based people.  Our faith has to be based on God, not our circumstances.  Faith is a response, an action on our part.  We choose to believe.


If my faith is based on what God does, then it's going to be awesome when I see Him working.  I am going to be on top of the world and excited about what I see Him doing.  I am going to be filled with excitement and joy and life is going to be incredible!

But what about when I don't see Him working?  What happens when He's working "behind the scenes" and I don't see it?  What happens when it seems like He's inactive and it seems like He's just not there?  What happens to my faith then?

What happens to my faith, which is based on what God does, when it seems like He's not doing anything?  How will I hold on? 

How will I believe if I don't see Him doing anything?  How will I hang on amidst my doubts?

Welcome to the roller coaster that will be my life.  Up when I see God working, and down when it seems like He's not working.

What about when I see Him working but it's not in the direction that I want it to go?  How will I believe when it seems like He's not answering my prayers the way I want Him too?

How will I trust Him when He doesn't give me the job I want, or when my marriage is struggling, my child is rebelling or he didn't heal a loved one's illness?  How can I believe in His goodness then?  Where is God then?

But if my faith is based on Who God is, then I have an unshakable faith because I have an unshakable God.  He cannot be moved.

I will be able to trust in His goodness and love, even when things are difficult around me.  I will be able to trust, because my faith is based on Who He is, and I know He is good and I know He is loving, and I know He is faithful.

I have to look beyond what I see and beyond what I feel and believe in what His Word tells me is true.  I have to remember that faith is not sight based and just because you feel like He isn't working doesn't make that true.  You cannot base your faith on your feelings.

Feelings are not faith.  Faith is faith.   Faith is choosing to believe in God's faithfulness and what He has promised in His Word, regardless of what is happening around you.  You have to exercise your faith muscles, not your feeling muscles.

  God doesn't change no matter what the circumstances are.  Because of this, my faith doesn't change when my circumstances change, because my faith is fixed upon an immovable Rock.


So where are YOU today?  Are you on the roller coaster of faith or the Rock of faith?


Hebrews 12: 28, 29:  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,  for our “God is a consuming fire.”


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18 comments:

  1. Nan,
    I am on the Rock of faith, in spite of the roller coaster that surrounds me. Thank you for this today. We are in the midst of a great spiritual battle, and if you watch the music video on my latest post.....well, it's where life has had me for a while now.
    I thank God every day that He provides me the grace for each day, and that His mercies are new every morning.

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    1. Carol, I will be over there soon to check it out! I am sorry you are going through a rough time and I will pray for you! Yes, He is so faithful and every morning He renews our strength and our spirit to face the day! :)

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  2. I LOVE that He is immovable. So comforting!! Thank you - beautiful post. Stopping over from theunraveledmom.com Have a blessed day!

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    1. Yes He is, amen! Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. I'm definitely on a roller coaster although I'd love to be able to make myself be on the rock :)

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    1. I think we all have those roller coaster moments! The wonderful thing is that as we stay close to Him through prayer and stay in His Word, He is able to keep us on that rock! :)

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  4. I often think I am so firm and secure on that rock and am so surprised when I fall off it so easily. My weaknesses are frustrating but God is so good and gentle and kind to help me back up again! Blessings! From Rachael @ Inking the Heart

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    1. Yes He is! It is surprising when we fall off so easily and amaze ourselves that we were just standing so firmly on that Rock! It just takes taking our eyes off of Him for a moment, but as you said, He so lovingly helps us back up again!

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  5. Amen! A great post. You covered the questions I will often ask myself and hear others ask. Why can't I see God working? Why isn't God working? He is. He iS!! It's us who are blind.

    One thought was to encourage people to spend time daily in His word. We will easily falter in our faith if we are not spending time with Him.

    "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

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    1. Oh yes! When we take our eyes off of Him and put them on our circumstances, it is easy to see ONLY our circumstances.

      We need to seek Him and not neglect our time with Him as you said! Yet how easy it is to miss that time with Him if we're not diligent.

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  6. My sweet friend, thank you for this - I needed to read these words! I would like to pin the picture, if that is okay? Let me know if it's not.

    Love and hugs,
    Stephanie

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    1. I would be honored to have you pin it, my friend! Thank you! :)

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  7. As much as i love your humorus side, I love your serious side. This was a great post. Sorry to be reading it several days late.

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  8. No apologies needed my friend! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I still need to pop over and catch up on your blog! :)

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  9. I am preparing a devotion for a women's meeting this weekend and your message resonated with me because the focus, I believe, is faith because of the Word of God not the things he does. Reading your message today was encouraging in that route! Thank you! God Bless!!

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    1. Exactly. When we base our faith on what He does instead of Who He is, it's sight based, not faith based. We can't see everything He's doing so our faith does up and down like a roller coaster!

      Have a lovely meeting!

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  10. I'm definitely not on a roller coaster and I'd love to say I'm on a rock, but I can't necessarily say that either because sometimes I allow fear or worry into my life. I don't allow them to live here but every now and again I'll look up and realize they're visiting and will have to intentionally escort them out of my house :). But nonetheless, they do come and visit.

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    1. I love what you said, they may drop by for a visit but you don't allow them to live there. Sometimes they sneak in and sometimes I invite them in, lol! :)

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