Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. - Hebrews 11:1-3I was cleaning some stuff out of the refrigerator the other day and making space for new groceries and such. I made sure that everything was able to fit that needed to be refrigerated or frozen so that nothing would spoil. It occurred to me that I put a lot of effort in making sure that my food doesn't go bad because that's just wasted money and time (I hate grocery shopping). I received a revelation from the Holy Spirit about my faith...
We talk about faith and having strong faith and the importance of faith but so many of us don't do what it takes to preserve our faith. The word tells us that we need to walk in faith and love and have faith in calling those things that are not as though they are (Romans 4:17). We're on fire for a little while and then it starts to dwindle and we still go through the motions of going to church and we Amen and high-five on Sundays and keep it pushing. It is important to do what we need to do to preserve our faith. It is perishable if you don't take care of it. If you don't put ice cream in the freezer it melts and becomes flavored milk and it is no good. If you leave milk sitting out it spoils. Leave a box of cereal on the shelf too long and it gets stale. We can't do this to our faith. We need to spend time in the word feeding our faith, spend time in prayer fueling our faith. Spend time building our faith.
as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, - 2 Peter 1:32 Peter lets you know that God gave us ALL the tools we need to build our faith and walk in the ways of the righteous.
Exercising our faith is important to. Calling situations to life, sowing into someone and/or the ministry. Being led by the Holy Spirit and obedient in making a move that you wouldn't otherwise do without a back-up plan. When we don't exercise our faith - like our bodies - it becomes heavy our of shape and it becomes harder to exercise it or even be in the mood to. When we allow our faith to get bent out of shape it gets heavy with burdens, stress, doubt, depression and all the weights of the world settle in and make it hard to speak life. It makes us not want to get up and go to church, bible study or anything else. It's not even about satan getting in our heads and making us feel these things - we're doing it to ourselves.
I encourage your family to exercise and preserve your faith. Don't let your spirit man get bent out of shape.