Overcoming Faith by Shauna Carrington
By Shauna Carrington
By Ana Werner
Faith and fear cannot co-exist! All throughout the gospels we read where Jesus was continually asking His disciples "Why are you afraid, where is your faith?" I know I have heard this a time or two myself. I believe we are in a vital season where the enemy is after our faith, but why? Well, according to 1 John 5:4 (Amplified), "For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith."
When God placed a measure of faith in you and I it wasn't just any kind of faith, it is 'OVERCOMING FAITH," a faith that overcomes fear, concerns and worry. You possess a faith that overcomes trails, distress and frustrations.
I love John 16:33, Jesus said, "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have (perfect) peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; BUT be of good cheer (take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted)! For I have OVERCOME the world. I have deprived it of it's power to harm you and have conquered it for you."
Here is the thing, I have to make a daily decision of who and what I will believe. I have to, on purpose, stay grounded in His word, His promise and lay hold of it by faith while continuing to war off fear because I can't operate in both! You too have a choice to make, life or death, choose life, which is Christ. I promise He will never let you down or forsake you! His love for you is unconditional and it is His pleasure to give you the Kingdom of God and the desires of your heart. Rest in His unfailing love today and be of good cheer, for He has already overcome this and you have overcoming faith!
Lamentations 3:22-24, It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. I love this passage of scripture because it reminds me that my God has set aside a portion, an inheritance for me. But how can we claim and lay hold of our portion if we do not know what rightfully belongs to us through the finished work of the cross?
Words are powerful! We must be aware of the impact the words we speak over ourselves and others. Our words bring life or death into situations and souls. Let's be vigilant about blessing and not cursing because according to the Word, we will reap what we sow and we will eat the words of our mouth. I don't know about you, but I don't want to eat words of hatred, bitterness, poverty, sickness or any other word that does not bring or produce blessings and life!
Did you know that God wants to bless you with fresh revelation daily? How do we receive this and what is fresh revelation exactly? Fresh revelation is wisdom and insight given to you and I as we, on purpose, position ourselves with earnest expectation, in a quiet place, away from all distractions to simply spend time reading HIs word and seeking Him (Matthew 6:33.) During your quiet times, ask the Lord to fill you with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, to give you insight into the ways and purposes of God for your day. He longs for you and I, on purpose, to set time aside, even if its 5 minutes to just talk to Him, sharing all that is in our heart.