Friday, May 03, 2013

Faith to be Faithful

Being faithful has to do with faith and faith is steadfast trust. Faithfulness requires faith and faith is that element of virtue that does right when it cannot see right. Faith requires us to act as if the outcome is safe and secure when the outcome does not at all seem safe and secure. Being faithful requires us to persevere through struggles believing that God will be faithful to His promises.
         Fear and anxiety are the enemies of faith or perhaps a better way to say this is that they are opposites. Fear looks to an uncertain future and chooses to disbelieve in a good outcome. But God has made promises to us already about the future. He works out all things for the good of His saints.
         So, the issue is not so much what does the future hold but who is holding the future. If you truly believe that God is at work in the world and that He has chosen you out of the world, then your fear and anxiety about the future will be diminished by the degree that you hold this to be true. Faith in God’s power in providence, and his particular care for you in Jesus Christ, casts out fear and anxiety about the unknown.
         Let us confess our fears and anxieties and ask the Lord to increase our faith.

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