To continue with yesterday’s topic, faith is most definitely NOT based in human power or will.  We are told in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”  Faith is most definitely a gift from God, His Spirit placed within you, but faith also requires you to give up something to God in return for His work in you.  At the moment of your salvation, you gave up trust to God.  You relinquished your will and your control of your life to God and allowed Him to place the tiny nugget of His Spirit within you that would grow over time. As you learn to live by His ways, over time, and as you submit different areas of your life to God’s control or Lordship, through each teaching situation or trial, God has an opportunity to build up His Spirit in you piece by piece.  The ultimate goal is that His Spirit will consume every area of your life, but that you will willingly submit each piece of it to Him, bit-by-bit, and that you will do the work that He directs you to with all of your heart and strength, giving Him an opportunity to train up your character and build your spiritual strength.  Over time, your character will become more like God’s character in all the various areas of your life, your heart, and your mind.  Everyone has a unique spiritual journey after the point of salvation because God adapts His template or plan for all people.  He graciously and generously adapts it to your unique talents, desires, personality, background, etc.

This faith will most surely build up over time as He adds to the tiny seed of His Spirit, bit-by-bit.  Jesus used the metaphor of the mustard seed to convey how God would put a tiny piece of His Spirit in us and how that piece would grow over time.

In Matthew 13:31-32, we are told, “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” 

God’s work in us over time can build up to ever greater possibilities of service and accomplishment just as the tiny mustard seed grows into the great, expansive tree.  As He builds more of His Spirit into us every day, we become more capable instruments in His hand, molded to His Will, wanting what He wants.  Furthermore, we grow to desire what He desires not because He has forced us, but because we have discovered over time, as He has given us spiritual “eyes to see,” that He loves us with an all-consuming love, that he wants what is best for us, and that His Way or Plan is always better than our way or plan.  His plans are more transcendent and all-encompassing than our plans.  His insight and wisdom are many, countless levels above our own human wisdom.  Once we realize that His way is best, most of us will just wisely submit to God’s plan. But I recognize that there are times in which we let our pride, desires, emotions, or will get in the way and withhold from God control over certain areas of our life for whatever misguided reason.  So He may have to convince us over time that we need to let go of whatever thing we are clinging to, maybe even pry our metaphorical fingers off of it.  Thankfully, He is very patient and gentle with us, so long as we have good intent and are truly doing our best. 

I pray that you will seek and find God’s will for your life. 

 


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God is always with us though it is a good or bad time. Never think that bad time is tough, think that god is taking an exam of us. Have faith in God and let the things happen peacefully.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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