Thursday, August 19, 2010

Author and Finisher of My Faith

I trust.
I still struggle at times.
I have faith.
But God is my source of strength.

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:2

At this moment in my life I find myself always asking God for the application of His word for my situation right now. Application, application, application. How does your word address my problem?

Whenever I listen to a sermon I look for real life application. Educated theological terminology doesn't get it for me if the Pastor, minister or exhorter of God's Word can't bring it home, sort of speak, and make it real to an actual situation, then I am left with questions. I am always seeking the Holy Spirits guidance for divine discernment. I always prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the word to me and how it applies to my circumstance.

Being in physical bodies we can feel both hot and cold. Yet I question, how can I trust, have faith and still at times feel...defeat?

Life can be difficult.

I have determined in my heart, mind and soul that the words in Hebrews 12:2 are so true and I see them in action.

During times of not being at my best, I understand that God is the finisher of my faith. Faith is a gift. I have been blessed with that gift. And during the times when I doubt or simply feel too tired to go on, He is my strength. He alone carries me. I am reminded of this quote:

Any good deed that I do, any righteous choice that I made, is because God is at work within me. -R.C. Sproul

How true these words are. I am thankful that Jesus really does love me! I thank God that He loves all of us, especially in our weakest moments.