By Faith

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Faith changes everything. In fact, the bible says, without faith it is impossible to please God.
Living by faith has been very hard throughout my life. Especially when faith leads me out of my
comfort zone and doubts flood my mind. Sometimes I walk in fear, rather than walking in faith. A
great war rages inside me, as fear and faith duke it out. I would like to say that faith wins out
most of the time, but truly, I am not for sure. I do know that my life has been transformed again
and again by faith. I am thankful for that and left wanting more.

When I think of faith, I often think of Peter walking on the water. It is one of my favorite stories in
the bible. Peter says, Jesus, if it’s really you, tell me to come and I will. When Jesus said come,
out of the boat Peter went walking on the water. It was only when Peter saw his circumstances
and took his eye off Jesus that he began to sink. Jesus said “oh ye of little faith why did you
doubt?”

Jesus took Peter’s hand and said oh ye of little faith. My question has always been if Peter had
little faith, what about the ones in the boat? In my life, I feel too often like the ones in the boat,
when I really want to be Peter walking on the water. I am in a season of my faith growing. Back
in the summer I talked about the times in life when we must take a leap of faith. I find that the
more times I leap, the more faith I have for the next leap. Not that it becomes easier, but my
faith has given me more courage. Like Peter, even when I have taken my eyes off of Jesus, he
has stretched his hand out to catch me. I am learning to trust Jesus more, even when I don’t
understand how or why. I guess if I knew the how or why, it wouldn’t be faith anyway. For the
true definition of faith is ” the things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” so if we can see
it, then we don’t need faith.

As we go into 2015, I hope to live my life more like Peter by getting out of the boat. As the war of
faith versus fear rages inside of me, I will try to have at least a little faith and take the first step
out of the boat. I will remember Hebrews 11and hope for the evidence of things not seen. I will
hope to live my life in a Hebrews chapter 11 kind of way.

I love Hebrews chapter 11. I love to go down the scriptures and look at them reading by faith…
By faith we understand the worlds were framed by the word of God, By faith Abel offered a
sacrifice, by faith Enoch was taken away, by faith Noah built the Ark, by faith Abraham obeyed,
By faith Sarah conceived a child, By faith Isaac blessed Jacob, By faith Moses was hidden, By
faith they passed through the Red Sea, By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, By faith, by faith,
by faith. I want that kind of faith. I’m renewing my mind and seeking that kind of faith. I just need
a mustard seed size right? Just think what our lives can look like with a little more faith. Be
blessed my friends.

Hebrews 11

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