Have you ever thought of faith as a verb instead of just any old word?
If you think about it, faith is always “moving” – imagine with me for a second: Faith (she) is a person. Faith loves to run around and go for one thing after the next. If Faith isn’t going to work, Faith is going to church. If Faith isn’t going to church, Faith is going to soccer practice, the grocery store or the neighbors house. Faith is always on the go. Not only that but when Faith finishes up at one place, she’ll say “Alright time to go to the next place, let’s get moving!” Now let’s say doubt, fear and anxiety is another person who we will name Troubles (he). Now Troubles is always jealous of Faith and he wants to make her just like him so he doesn’t feel so insecure about himself. If he can make her just like him, he won’t have to worry about her and what she is doing and what he is not doing. Troubles sees how fast she’s moving, going from one place to the next and how happy she is doing it! Troubles tends to move slower and is rarely happy – he is always complaining about his “troubles.” Anytime Faith and Troubles cross paths, Troubles tries to grab Faith to stop and talk to her but he can’t because Faith seems as if she is on a mission and is determined to get to her next destination, she doesn’t have time to stop and talk with Troubles.
Guess what I am about to say? It’s the same thing with us! Our faith should always be moving from one area of our life to the next. If faith grows stagnant, faith will begin to move slower and eventually will probably stop moving. Our faith needs an assignment! Just like Faith in the story had different places she needed to go, our faith needs somewhere to go. Find a situation in your life that you can attach your faith to and let your faith begin to move.
A verse that was brought up by a guest speaker at my church the other night was this, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 – So not only do we need to SPEAK faith but our faith needs to HEAR the word! When faith hears the word, faith begins to move! Faith in the story always said what? “Alright time to go to the next place, let’s get moving!” God’s got great things for us in front of us, not behind us. “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now is springs forward, do you not perceive it? I am making a way…” – Isaiah 43:18-19
Think of Troubles as the Enemy. The enemy wants to stop us and talk to us, to consider his way of life. The reason he does that is because he sees how much our faith is moving and he gets nervous when we put our faith into action. When our faith is stagnant, he isn’t bothered because we aren’t going anywhere. But when it begins to move the enemy notices it and tries to throw doubt, anxiety and fear in our path. BUT when we speak the word of God over our lives, our faith can’t help but move! So “Keep the Faith” (Michael Jackson song!) moving my friends . Let’s give our faith an assignment!
“Keep the Faith by MJ – Just for fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrmF0joul5s