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Welcome to Belovedgems, a blog about building a bridge between faith and mental health. The author rooted in her faith , her old-soul leads her into adventures to seek spreading hope into the world through a couple of written words.

Faith to Respond

Many times we say that we are Woman of Faith or Men of Faith.  However is our faith actually applicable to our everyday life or do we just pull it out during an emergency? Is your faith a lifestyle or just something you use to identify yourself with others.  

Amazingly enough, the opposite of faith is when we place ourselves in a place where faith is not required. When we secure our future, and we leave no room for God to work in our lives that is not faith.  When we want to take control over our timelines and plans, we have no faith that functions.  Having doubt does not mean you have no faith. However, the lack of faith it wants the certainty that you so much desire.

Faith is not an emotion; it knows that God is in every detail of your life regardless of your circumstances.  It means that your faith works in the middle of your doubts and the middle of your fears.  It is about actually having faith that is applicable in the small decisions of our lives as it shall apply in the big ones too.

Any occasion requires faith.  During these occasions, God will convict our dysfunction.  God utilizes these opportunities to heal deep issues of the heart.  Which is why we should reach out for a faith we can access all the time.  Our faith should work even when our body does not work.  Our faith should work even when we are facing our fears.  Our faith should work even in the middle of depression.  Our faith should work even when our children are misbehaving.  That is unshakable faith, a faith not based on the outcome of the occasion. Our faith is to change our outlook during the season.  

In Mark 3:5 we see that "...he looked around at them (the Pharisees) with anger, grieved at their hardness heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."  He stretched it out, and his hand was restored."

What is interesting about this story is that Jesus required the man first to RESPOND to his faith.  He asked the man first to stretch out his hand.  He required the man first to take action in faith before seeing the outcome of the situation.  Many times we want restoration before responding.  But, we know that Jesus is commanding something different.  He requires us to take effort first by responding in faith.  By responding without knowing if it is going to all work out at the end.

 As the man stretched out his hand, Jesus restored and healed Him.  Is it only when we respond in faith that we can see the plan in our life.  It is only when we walk in faith blindly and trusting the Lord that we see the goodness of Him.

God first stretches us out in a particular occasion because He is waiting for us to RESPOND. God will always require us to do something that we have not been able to do. Faith will require us to do the impossible. 

What is your faith calling you out to respond today?

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