thoughts on faith

“we can not base our faith on what He appears to be doing or how dramatically He answers our prayers- because faith founded on God’s apparent actions is not faith at all. Attempting to exercise our faith according to what we can see cancels out that very faith…Moses built his faith on WHO God is, not what God had done.” -Beth Moore {Whispers of Hope Pg. 112}

snow fall

i’ve been thinking a lot about faith lately. for some reason, i’ve felt encouraged to examine my faith at the end of another year. this post over on desiring God talks a little bit about what i’ve been going through{and says it way more beautifully than i ever could!}  at the end of another year, do you feel like you’ve grown spiritually? like you’ve grown closer to Jesus? we as Christians should be taking steps forward in our faith every day right? 365 days is a lot of steps forward…

but sometimes it feels like i’ve taken that many steps backwards. you know what i mean? sometimes i get frustrated because i read verses like this:

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him…” Hebrews 11:6

lamp post

but then, i’m reminded that faith is a gift. a gift!  it’s like joy, which was my word for 2013. which is a gift given. not something we can grasp on our own. it is not something that we can grow on our own. it is based on WHO GOD IS. not what He has/hasn’t done and not on who we are. in fact, as we are being made more and more into the daughter or son of God that HE created us to be, our faith is being made more and more into what God desires!

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6

HE began a good work in you and HE will bring it to completion. HE has given you faith and HE is working every day to make your faith stronger and as He makes you more into His image. it is His gift and He is working to make it perfect up until the day of Christ’s return.

and so i’m encouraged. at the end of another year, my faith, this gift, is being perfected by Him who gave it to me.

in His work, in Him alone, i rest my joy.

front porch snowfall

xoxo-kimberly holderman

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