DAY 6: “Where are you on the Faith Scale?”

“Thinking about a gas gauge if F is Full (Faith) and E is Empty. Where are you on the dial?”

If someone were to ask you on a scale from 1 to 10 how you would rate your faith, what would you say? Are you a 5, an 8, a 3?  Could you use a little boost in that department? Thinking about a gas gauge if F is Full (Faith) and E is Empty. Where are you on the dial?  Are you full?  Would you be in the middle?  Or are you closer to E?  Whatever you answered it’s important to ask yourself that question from time to time.  So often we just go, go, go and by the time we realize it our gauge has slipped toward empty and then we find ourselves racing to the gas station (The Word) to fill it back up.  This week we are going to look at how to keep our tank full of faith and avoid running out of gas.

The book of Hebrews is known as the “faith chapter”.  If you want to learn about the true “Hall of Famers of Faith” they are chronicled in this book.  Interesting thing…all these people were still living by faith when they died.  They did not receive the things promised them, they only saw them from a distance.   These acts of faith are what set them apart from the crowd.  So, how did they do it?  If they, did it, and God put it in the Bible for us to learn, then we can do it too.

So, what is faith?  Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” New King James (NKJ) version says, “So have you ever hoped for something and not seem it come to pass yet? “

In the New International Version (NIV) it says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  How can we be sure of what we hope for if we can’t see it?

The Message says, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”

So, if we can’t see it how do we keep our foundation firm?

As humans our first tendency is to go by what we see. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says we are to “Walk by faith and not by sight.”.  Well, that sounds good but it’s harder than it seems. This world is going to throw all kinds of things at us, and we need a good foundation to build on. Jesus is the Cornerstone and faith (trust in God) helps build that foundation. And in Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) it says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  I believe that you exist God, and I will gladly take a reward for earnestly seeking you! But seriously, God wants us to walk by faith first. It is opposite of what the world says.  If we walk by faith, then we are relying on what He says (His promises are yes and amen according to His Word) and not what man says.  If we walk by faith our eyes are on Jesus and not what we see in the natural. How could we not but be blessed?

Growing up I had dreams of being a singer and traveling around the world. After college, I did travel the world singing.  I lived in Los Angeles for a few years, worked in the Entertainment Industry but the one thing that I wanted most of all from the time I was little was to be a wife and a mom.  It seemed like I was achieving all my other dreams but not this one.  I literally saw everyone in the world get married before me including my 2 younger sisters. I hit 25, then 30. No husband in sight.  My faith was slipping a little on the faith scale.  I would have thoughts like “Somethings wrong with you, or you’re too old now and you will never find anyone.” I had to battle those thoughts in my mind constantly because I knew God had called me to be a wife and a mom.  My faith would waver a little when those thoughts would come. I would try to encourage myself with scripture and get around others who could also encourage me to keep building my faith.

I then had a revelation, and I changed my prayer from “God, where is my husband?” (a whiny little prayer) to “Thank you Lord that you are building something in me for my future husband and family. I thank you that you are building him as well and at the right time you will bring us together for your Kingdom purposes.” I realized I had been putting myself on the throne by not fully trusting God with prayers like these.  One night I got down on my knees by my bed and gave everything to the Lord. I had been trying to do everything in my own strength.

About 6 months later I was in a recording studio in Omaha, singing a jingle and God sent my husband Sean all the way from Miami to sing the same jingle with me.  How little did I know that after about 5 failed attempts to ask me out (he has a much more inflated number) I said yes, and the rest is history.  God’s timing is always right on time.  I never even thought or considered that I would marry someone younger than me and I would have to wait years to meet him.  God knew.  (Sean will say I had to wait for him to grow up.)  God had to convince me to move me back from Los Angeles. Glad a listened because I did not want to move back.  God had to bring Sean back from Miami and have us meet doing music which is what we were both created to do.  We have been making sweet music together for the Lord ever since.

So today, I have a few questions for you:  Are you walking by faith, or by sight or somewhere in the middle?  What are the promises God has given you that you haven’t seen come to pass yet?  Are there thoughts that the enemy is throwing at you to get you off course? On a scale of 1 to 10 where is your faith meter right now?

Romans 12:2 Amplified Bible (AMP) says, “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), fashioned and adapted to its external, superficial customs, but be transformed (changed) by the entire renewal of your mind by its new ideals and its new attitude, so that you may prove for yourselves what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect in His sight for you.”

The Message sums it up, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you.  Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life—and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.  Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.  Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it.  Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to it level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Say this with me:  Father, in the Name of Jesus, I give you my ordinary life and place it before you as an offering.  I fix my attention on you. Change me from the inside out. Help me to recognize what You want me to do and respond quickly to it.  I know your plans for me are good, full of hope and a future.  I believe your promises are true and you will finish what you have started.

Amen.

Shalom,

Mama Swan