I remember the first time I was asked to have faith. I was 7 years old and I really wanted a doll for Christmas, not just any doll, it was a doll that all of my friends had. These dolls were expensive and I knew my parents didn’t have the money to buy. My parents told me to ask God and have faith. I prayed “God I want this doll.” Simple and sweet. On Christmas morning my family and I were in the living room and the doorbell rang and it was my friend, Rachel. She had a gift for me and guess what it was? It was the doll I wanted for Christmas! Rachel had no idea I wanted a doll, nor did she know that my parents didn’t have the money to spend for a doll. How cool is God for showing Himself faithful to me at the young age of 7?!
I want to talk about faith today because as a follower of Christ if there is one thing we need, it’s faith. A Christian life without faith is boring, just like an oreo without filling is boring. I think so many times we think there is some kind of secret sauce to living for the Lord when it’s actually as simple as having faith. So, let’s look at what faith is.
Hebrews 11:1-11 NLT
FAITH IS the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
TPT: Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.
Hebrews 11:33-34 TPT
“Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality! It was faith that shut the mouth of lions 34 In their weakness their faith imparted power to make them strong! Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle…”
Faith is your trust and confidence in God’s power and ability to bring to reality what you’ve been having faith for. There is a story in the book of Matthew that talks about two blind men who received their sight from Jesus. Jesus heard them shouting for healing and I love what Jesus asked, He asked: “Do you believe that I have the power to restore sight to your eyes?” They responded with a resounding YES and as Jesus placed His hands over their eyes He said, “You will have what your faith expects!” I love how this story paints a picture of what it looks like to have faith. You will have what your faith expects.
What are you believing for? What are you expecting God to do?
I am not here to say that I am perfect in this faith journey. I am on this faith journey with you. It’s not always easy. It’s challenging sometimes. You might want to give up. Even Jesus’ disciples were known for their lack of faith at times. There was a time when Jesus asked His disciples “Why would you let doubt win?” (Matthew 14:31) There have been times in my life when it’s been easier to let doubt win, but I know that when I have faith in my God, I have confidence in the Lord that He will heal, restore, redeem, deliver, guide, give peace, joy… and whatever else I may need that lines up with the Word of God.
So, have faith today. Don’t throw in the towel, Don’t give up. Get your expectations and faith up. If what you’ve been believing for hasn’t come to pass yet, then keep on having faith! God will get you through it. He is faithful and all of His promises are yes and amen.
Matthew 17:20 NIV
20 He told them, “It was because of your lack of faith. I promise you, if you have faith inside of you no bigger than the size of a small mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move away from here and go over there,’ and you will see it move! There is nothing you couldn’t do!”
Valley Youth Staff,