Faith Alive

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:2-5

My husband and I are studying the book of James. Genuine faith is typed into the search field of our souls and the result is in: Faith Alive

Not the kind of faith we can all talk about easily with great knowledge and such perceived understanding. No, not that kind of faith. I’m talking about the kind required for true Spiritual living… a faith that reaches out past head knowledge and deep into a godly wisdom that is supernaturally inserted into the heart. Wisdom that comes from the life surrendered. The life untold… unknown to us… “just the next step, please” kind of life.

You see we pretty much had control of it all up until now. At least we “thought” so. The plan prepared carefully. The path treaded upon with confidence. Up until now.

There is change on the horizon. Not bad change, just change. Change that comes by trial… of course. Because that is just how God works. And change that surfaces a crazy, myriad of mixed emotions:  Joy and fear. Excitement and anxiety.

And right off you know we cannot have Faith Alive with the fear and anxiety.

And you know that we cannot have just the Joy and Excitement without Faith absolutely and completely Alive.

I know it too.

Faith Alive is joyfully accepting His plan, though it comes by trial, and with uncertainty… yet fully expecting with great excitement just what-ever He has for us behind the door of the unknown.

Because you know there’ll be something.

I like the way Warren Wiersbe lays out these verses in James…

Count (consider) – a joyful attitude: When we face the trials of life, we must evaluate them in the light of what God is doing for us. If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us. Outlook determines outcome; to end with joy, begin with joy.

Know – an understanding mind: God always tests us to bring out the best. The word trying is translated “approval.” God’s approval of our faith is precious, because it assures us that our faith is genuine. Patience is a courageous perseverance in the face of suffering and difficulty.

Let – a surrendered will: God cannot build our character without our cooperation. If we resist Him, then He chastens us into submission. He must work in us before He can work through us.

Ask (for wisdom)– a believing heart: We need wisdom so we will not waste the opportunities God is giving us to mature. Wisdom helps us to understand how to use these circumstances for our good and God’s glory.

It’s so easy to go the other way… the way of fear. So easy to sit in worry and wonder over security and happiness.

But I want Faith Alive.

Don’t you?

Linking up today with Tracy for Winsome Wednesday, Internet Cafe Devotions for Word Filled WednesdayWomen Living Well and Women in the Word.

 

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8 Responses

03.01.12

Faith Alive… Love that… My faith is alive and trust is formost!
Kathleen recently posted..True Contentment Requires TrustMy Profile

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03.01.12

Amen, I want faith alive, and thriving.
Denise recently posted..Word-Filled WednesdayMy Profile

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03.01.12

I love the book of James and this passage. I want faith that is alive and joyfully excepting His plans. Great encouragement!!
Jenifer recently posted..Love Came DownMy Profile

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03.01.12

I love those verses, I did a teaching on that very thing awhile ago. James teaches us that our faith must be unshakable. We just can’t praise God when things are good but we gotta learn to do it when things are bad as well. Because if we only praise God when it good then in reality we are not counting it ALL JOY! JOY means no matter what my circumstances are my JOY IS in the LORD>>>great post sis…nice seeing you posting again, I know you had to slow down for awhile and that is okay you be obedient to God He’s first and foremost. AMEN
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03.01.12

Hi Heidi – wow, when reading through this I know that my faith is, to say the least, very lacking. i love that first pic with the statement about faith. Awesome. Thanks for linking up again my friend
God bless
Tracy
Tracy recently posted..Winsome Wednesday – Positioned for Blessing!My Profile

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03.01.12

Great encouragement, Heidi! I love the book of James… and I want this kind of faith – trust without reservations.
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03.01.12

I love the sting of conviction that comes while reading the book of James. I love that you and Robert are reading along together. Awesome. Trust is such a huge thing. Trusting that God sees the big picture; allowing our needs to play second fiddle to the purposes of God. It’s never easy. But always worth it. I like the “consider,” part. It lets us know that it is a decision to follow in this way…that is wasn’t easy in the 1st century and still isn’t today:)

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“Faith is trust without reservation” – I’ve never heard it put that way. I like that. When I hesitate I lack faith. Definitely something to think about.
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