Did you set a goal or some goals for yourself for 2017? I did! I’m a goal setter anyway and the first of the year makes it that much more exciting. I love the start of a new month and even the first of the week is an energizer for me. I keep a journal with all kinds of lists going all through the year.
I wanted to share one thing with you today that is on my list of goals and that is, to be more grounded in my Faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
I felt it important to share that with you in hopes that you will make that one of your goals as well.
To be honest with you, there are some crazy teachings going on out there in the world and yes, even in churches across our country. Social media brings it all out even more. Articles are passed around by people that we don’t have any idea who they are, but yet, we will read and actually believe what they are writing even when it contradicts the Word of God.
Recently, a very popular author shared her thoughts on some issues that totally didn’t line up to God’s Word. Granted there are many people that do this, but what I was most amazed at were the comments I heard and read by people that you would think would know better. The sad thing is they don’t, because they don’t know their Bible. Since then, I do not read comments anymore on articles on controversial subjects or in the political world. I get too bogged down and waste my time reading people’s comments that don’t have a clue or want to have a clue. I just move on. Don’t let the negativity and the nay-sayers waver your faith. Surround yourself with wise people who strive to glorify God in their daily lives.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
I don’t want to be like a leaf floating in the wind; whichever way the wind blows, I’ll go. No, I want roots planted deep and I want to stand tall and strong in my faith and my beliefs! I don’t want to be swept away by the latest craze of style of belief or whatever. The only way I can prevent that is by staying in God’s Word for myself. That is how my faith grows. Also, reading and listening after people that I know their teaching lines up with the Word of God. You may say, how do you know that they line up with the Word of God. Because, I know His Word.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
All that to say, I want to be strong in my faith. I don’t want to waver when I hear someone belittle or poke fun at who God is. I will stand firm on my beliefs because my faith is strong. Having a strong faith doesn’t come by accident. You grow your faith by spending time with Him. If you read after, study and listen to people who are confused and struggle in their walk, then you will too. If you read after, study and listen to people who don’t even believe in God, you won’t either.
What will it take for you to be stronger in your faith? Whatever your answer is……START TODAY.
Begin by reading your Bible. (If you don’t have a Bible, let me know, I will get you one) Just start. Begin in the Gospel of Luke to get started and find out who Jesus is. Each day I do my best to read a Proverb, a Psalm, a chapter in one of the 4 gospels and then I read a chapter in the Old and New Testament. There are so many ways you can get started in reading daily. If you need ideas, let me know.
Get in a Bible study on a subject you need to grow stronger in. You don’t have to do it in a group if you aren’t able; study on your own. Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment as you study, read and grow. Hopefully, you have a good church to go to and are being fed strong serious Godly teaching. If not, find one!
Have a great 2017 and may this be the year our Faith will become stronger than ever.
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Happy Goal Setting!
Happy New Year!
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” I Corinthians 16:13