Live in Faith

I, recently, got my hair done not by my usual hair dresser but by a different one – a beautiful and talented lady. Let’s call her Carol. I have been to the salon before but never served by Carol. I used to think because of her disability(deaf and dumb) that she handles all the simple tasks while the rest of her colleagues do the complex stuff. How wrong!  I had given a position that she didn’t deserve – I judged her wrongly😔  and on this particular day she did my hair. I almost wanted to reject her offer to do my hair, but her confidence made me keep quiet and believe she knew what she was doing. To be honest; she did a really good job, better than most hairdressers I have met, and she did it effortlessly. I think about her and thank God I met her because she taught me a few things:

•Live in Faith always. God works wonderously and powerfully when we live in utter and complete trust in Him. Matthew 9:1-8(Jesus heals the paralytic man). Matthew 9: 20-22( Jesus heals a lady suffering with severe bleeding problem for 12 years!) are just but examples of how God works powerfully when we invite Him through Faith.

•God does not need permission from our situations to bless us. He will bless us because He wants to and it pleases Him to do so. Our current situations that we think are disabilities to achieving our goals, are just but opportunities presented to us that enable us to meet our Maker(His love, kindness, mercy and grace) in a powerful way. Lack of this or that today, is not a disability to achieving our goals for we will still be what we are meant to be according to His will. God is God and He does not wait for the storm to calm down that He can bless us! He will calm down the storms Himself  and open another door😀😀 just don’t give up on Him. Trust Him, he knows your life and he is in control{ Isaiah 49:16}. Carol’s disability does not block God’s blessings on the contrary her Faith in God actually releases blessings into her life🙌🙌. Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith, let it be done unto you”. Amina

•Love yourself 😍. Be content with the way you are because when God formed you, He looked at you, felt you were complete and it pleased Him. {Genesis 1: 31 31 God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased}. Carol’s confidence shows she loves herself the way she is. She is content for she knows God did not create a mistake. Psalms 139: 13-16. 13 You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because you are to be feared; all you do is strange and wonderful. I know it with all my heart.15 When my bones were being formed you carefully put together in my mother’s womb,when I was growing there in secret,  you knew that I was there—
16  you saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began.” He created us out of love to fulfill a purpose according to His will. We are not a mistake. We are purposeful. We are loved😀😀

•Living in Faith releases the grace to hope and be peaceful hence stress free lives. Carol appears quite calm and relaxed when you meet her. Her confidence does not make anyone know she is challenged in speech and hearing. This is because of peace of mind. She can feel the love of  God the Father which is constantly with us.{Deuteronomy 7:9} Remember that the Lord your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his commands. We like Carol, should know that our Father in heaven did not abandon us on earth nor does He desire to humiliate us, but He created us for a purpose and will take care of us unto His glory. Amina.

•Jesus loves us;  each and everyone of us. We are purposeful regardless of how we appear to the world. Jeremiah 1:4-8 – The Lord said to me, “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations.” I answered,“Sovereign Lord, I don’t know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say that you are too young, but go to the people I send you to, and tell them everything I command you to say. Do not be afraid of them, for I will be with you to protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” God’s love is constant and is for all. He loves and He cares. So, I, like Carol choose to live in Faith that God will provide. I may not know how the future will turn out, but I know it will be just fine as long as I choose to walk with God and abandon myself into His selfless love, and if things do not work out as planned I believe He will provide a grace that makes it okay to be okay with His will. Amina.

I hope my experience with Carol has helped you to view situations from a positive angle and ignite your Faith and trust in God. May He continue to open our understanding of Him through our daily experiences. Amina. Now let’s look at some biblical examples:

• Jesus fed the 5000/- with two fish and five loaves{Luke 9:10-17}. Jesus raises Jairus daughter {Matthew 9:18-26}. Jesus heals the paralytic{Matthew 9:1-8}. All this out of Faith that His Father in heaven will come through for Him and He actually did in all instance that called upon his grace, power and love.

*David, while a young man shows us that Faith can truly defeat those things in our life that appear to be mountains. He defeats Goliath with a sling and 3stones. A giant who had come all covered up with armour!! 45 – David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

•Mary and Martha Lazarus sisters, knew that when Jesus saw the state of His friend Lazarus, things would change for the better and they actually did for Lazarus was brought back to life by Jesus. Alleluia!{John 11:1-44}.

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died! 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask him for.”

23 “Your brother will rise to life,” Jesus told her.

24 “I know,” she replied, “that he will rise to life on the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; 26 and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord!” she answered. “I do believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

Lazarus Is Brought to Life

38 Deeply moved once more, Jesus went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone placed at the entrance. 39 “Take the stone away!” Jesus ordered.

Martha, the dead man’s sister, answered, “There will be a bad smell, Lord. He has been buried four days!”

40 Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believed?” 41 They took the stone away. Jesus looked up and said, “I thank you, Father, that you listen to me. 42 I know that you always listen to me, but I say this for the sake of the people here, so that they will believe that you sent me.” 43 After he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 He came out, his hands and feet wrapped in grave cloths, and with a cloth around his face. “Untie him,” Jesus told them, “and let him go.” 

The lady who suffer from a severe bleeding problem for 12 years, had such strong Faith that just by a touch of Jesus cloak(garment) she was healed!  {Matthew 9:20-22} 20 A woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If only I touch his cloak, I will get well.” 22 Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, my daughter! Your faith has made you well.” At that very moment the woman became well.

These and many other examples in the Bible show how Faith in God can do wonders. Of the above examples one that stands out most is of Jesus Christ. He was able to do great and mighty things because of His faith in God. Jesus Faith in God the Father was strong and deep because of the relationship they shared. Jesus knew His Father and knew that He would never let Him down because of the love they shared. Likewise, our Faith in God is based on how we relate with Him. How deep we are with Him determines the depth of our Faith. So then it is correct to say that we need to work on our relationship with God to build our Faith in Him. I challenge you to pursue God, get to know Him for He is found by those who seek Him. “I love those who love me; whoever looks for me can find me{proverbs 8:17}. “You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.”{Jeremiah 29:13}, love Him for who He is not what He can do. Be obedient to Him- follow His ways and teachings, let Him be so close that you can’t live without Him. That is how Jesus was with His Father while here on earth. His Father in Heaven was His everything:- His joy and laughter, His peace and strength{Matthew 4:4}. Desire a healthy and strong relationship with the Father in heaven for He says He will never reject anyone who goes to Him{John 6:37}. This way, I believe it will easy to understand how He works, his attributes and you will discover a life of Faith may not be such a challenge after all rather one of grace, peace, power and love. Alleluia. Amen.

*Amina is kiswahili for Amen.