Hello again! Welcome back! So, previously I mentioned 2 new paths that God currently has me on. I already told you briefly about Glorified Fitness Incorporated (GFI), but the other one is where I am a Deaconess in Training at my church Faithful and True Christian Ministries. While this path is a little less outside of my comfort zone, it is still a path that requires obedience. Fortunately, this path is beneficial to me as I work through the struggles of staying on the straight and narrow with my GFI path. Working to become a Deaconess is keeping my faith strong as I learn how to be a better Servant for the Lord.
Some of you may or may not know that Faith is a recognition and acceptance of reality as it truly is. For example, we can only see the tip of an iceberg while standing on the deck of a ship, but we can have faith that if the ship crashes into that iceberg it will likely sink because the reality is not what we can see, but the reality is the huge block of ice that is beneath the surface, and THAT is what will tear the ship apart. Likewise, speaking in terms of my Faith in God, I can only see so much in this world, but the reality is that there are things seen and unseen that God is protecting me from. The reality is that God is in control of it all, and as long as I can put my trust in Him, I can successfully walk the path He has me on. That is how I am keeping the faith.
Something else I learned, that is helping me keep the faith is by seeing the beauty in my obedience. The bible talks about Obedience being better than Sacrifice. Well, I am sacrificing a LOT to follow my new paths, but my sacrifice is wrapped up in my obedience. If I did not choose to be obedient, there would be no need for the sacrifice. While people tend to think (me included) that the blessings come from sacrifice, I now understand that when we sacrifice as a result of being obedient, that is from where the blessings truly flow!
So, how is my obedience helping me keep the faith? It is quite simple. I seek the face of God and all of His righteousness. I ask Him to fulfill the desires of my heart. He answers my prayers as He sees fit, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, sometimes in my favor, sometimes not. Whatever the case may be, He ANSWERS my prayers, which lets me know that He is still with me and He still cares about what I am doing. Who would want a father who does not care about what his child is doing? Not me! I want my Father to come and see about me and place his arms around me to comfort me in times of trouble, to give me a pat on the back when I am being obedient and following His orders. I long for the day when I meet Him in the sky and he tells me, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” He is watching my every move and it pleases me much to make Him happy because I know He is going to give me the greatest reward when all is said and done!
Ok, I seem to have gone off on a tangent. Let me reel it back in… Bottom line is that while it may be difficult to keep the faith, it is POSSIBLE to keep your faith when you stay close to God and you work to be obedient to His commands. Being obedient will require some sacrifice, but it will all be worth it in the end. Look at Jesus. He was obedient to His Father and paid the ultimate sacrifice, so it will be worth it to us ALL in the end.
I hope this message was helpful to you. I hope you come back next time. Until we meet again, I pray blessings for your life!