Courage is a vital element to use our faith. I commonly hear people regretting not having launched out into something because they lacked the courage to do so. Take courage, we just have one life here on earth to be strong and strive for our dreams. It’s your decision if you're going to be a spectator standing by the sidelines or a player conquering every mighty work He's promised us.
We've learned about faith from different people in the Bible. The Canaanite woman who finally got her miracle because of her insistence and courage, the centurion who meant serious business in his faith, stretching it to the max by using his authority to call for the Lord Jesus and ask Him to heal His servant. With these examples of faith, we as children of God and co heirs with Christ should also be totally persuaded to approach Him in all things. Ask of Him trustingly, not only to do away with your bad situations, but also to replace them with good ones. Change the way you believe, in order to change the way you pray. This in turn will change the results you get in life.
God has given each of us a unique measure of faith. First of all to believe in our own selves and in the gifting and capacity He's given us 1. However in order for us to use our faith in courage, we must first believe that God has made us unique for every circumstance in life we face. There's not a problem you can't face and overcome, because our loving Father has given us the exact measure of Faith needed to be successful.
We read in the Bible how Jesus talked to Simon about the temptation he was going to face 2. Jesus told Peter he would be sifted, but that He would pray that Peter’s faith would not fail him, because that was the key element he was going to need to overcome that challenge. When you truly use your faith, not even sin can hold you back. Press on and don't stop! Trust in Jesus with all your heart. He never condemns you, but always intercedes for you so your faith won't falter.
Every man and woman in the Bible had the exact measure of faith needed to overcome every obstacle in their life. Noah had the faith to build an ark, but not to have a son like Abraham did. It was that unique type and measure of faith that helped him overcome that specific challenge for his life. David was the only one in the Bible that needed the Faith to overcome a giant the likes of Goliath. And you need your own personal faith for every personal challenge in your life. Activate it and you'll discover how to face every situation. Those with faith are so much more creative and successful because they think differently. They defy reason and they focus on finding solutions to achieve what they envision in their mind. Faith is the equivalent of super-powered energy designed to reach our goals!
Men and women of faith also had the patience to work hard for their goals 3. By patience we understand that it is the ability to wait until you reach something you’ve believed for. Noah believed and he also had the patience to build an ark, though it took him quite a while. Abraham had the patience, throughout years on end, to engender a son. God’s promises can only be obtained thru faith and patience. Faith is seasoned with patience to produce hope. We must have faith and patience to overcome our problems and reach our dreams, though it might take time.
Patience is similar to the seasoning in each country’s typical-native food. We are all proud of it, though other countries might not appreciate its flavor the same. As children of God, we all have our seasoning: faith and patience. We believe that prayer will heal the sick, that sowing will bring a harvest, and that believing on the Lord Jesus Christ converts our heart. Perhaps it might not seem so good to other people, but to us it’s tastyyy! In the end, who cares what others may think as long as to us it’s true!
The Bible says that Abraham believed against hope, because it was literally impossible for him and Sarah to have any children by that point in time 4. This leads us to believe that faith’s seasoning is patience and even the risk of being embarrassed. Sometimes, you don’t risk showing your faith to avoid embarrassment however in the Bible, people believed and were willing to risk it all. What would Joshua have done, if after marching around Jericho 7 times, the walls wouldn’t have come down? What would Abraham have done if after announcing it so much, his son would have never been born? They might have been chided and ridiculed, however they were willing to lay it all on the line because of faith. Jesus Christ suffered the shame and reproach of the cross to save us. Then on the 3rd. day, the shame was over and the glory had come! He rose up victoriously from the tomb and took his rightful place at the right hand of the Father. That’s why He’s the author and the finisher of our faith!
When you start using your faith, mingled with patience, you run the risk of being embarrassed, but you should go for it nonetheless. It’s totally worth it. Be patient and don’t be worried about being ashamed or embarrassed for your faith. When we hold our healing crusades, we’re not thinking of the embarrassment we’ll go thru if the miracles don’t happen, because we trust wholeheartedly in the promises of the Lord, that those that trust in Him will not be ashamed! Take the risk! God will never leave you stranded; He’ll always be with you. God chose to share the stories from the Bible of people that trusted in Him so that we might follow their example and trust in Him in the same way. Believe and be patient because your story will also be told as an example of the faith that does mighty exploits for the Lord.
1 Romans 12:3 says, “ For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
2 Luke 22:31-32 says, “And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
3 Hebrews 6:11-12 says, “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
4 Romans 4:17-19 says, “(as it is written -I have made you a father of many nations) in the presence of Him whom he believed — God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, So shall your descendants be. And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb.”