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Topic: Pigs Might Fly (10/31/13)
TITLE: Faith is Letting Go
By Jodi Gardner
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You may be asking, "So, you said faith is not of human power?" Romans 10:17 (NIV) explains faith come from "hearing the word of God." Faith is implanted in us each time we listen to His word, His whisper, and His guiding. Hebrew 11:1 (NIV) pronounces, "now faith means that we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see." The word "confident" is a form of "safety." If I continue to listen to God's word, I am increasingly secure in His direction and arms. Each time we obey Him, our faith increases. Without His leading, there cannot be faith in Him. I can have faith in myself of course, but then I just continue clinging onto my brittle rope. His word, His guidance and His love will not break. So no, I am not in control. The unhealthy things I hold onto for support take control from me. My brothers and sisters I ask you, what is keeping you from trusting Him, from letting go of your ropes and having faith He will catch you? I encourage you to jump into His word and explore His purposes for you. He will tell you how to let go.
Second Timothy 1:12-14 (NIV) clarifies, "I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you, guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit that lives in us." Please know, by no means am I saying hardships are God's punishment for not trusting Him. He did not say we would all live in mansions and eat from golden plates. He said He uses the meek and humble in this painful world to further His kingdom. Consequently, I have come to realize, though extremely scary and difficult, through the struggles of my life I can model His love to others. I am choosing to believe the traumas and poverties are investments into helping others not perish. This has given my pain new meaning. It has given me purpose and a sense of safety. But to do that, I had to let go of the pain, fear, self-will, pride, gluttony, anger, and the ropes of my past. Believe me, letting go has not been easy! And though I do not always see immediate changes, it is about the little transformations in me. The sense of purpose I now have on that cliff. And when I find myself on a new cliff, I will need to let go again. Faith is letting go of me and clinging to the faith He implanted in me.
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