One of Nine

My kids were each given a bonsai tree. Cause why not? They are pretty cool. Never mind I had to find a place to put them. Where I will see them 1,000 times a day. And maybe now and then I will water them. Who’s trees are these? I must ponder the depth of this thought.

As I was setting them up ever so gently I noticed they each had a little stone with a word. This one says faith. Faith is the only word. A one syllable word with a Mt. Everest meaning. A word so big some people run from it. Simply because they do not understand it. Those of us who claim to have it still struggle with it. Having it, sharing it, and living it.

James 1:6 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

We walk around sure of where we stand, but the next day something happens and we begin to doubt. We allow ourselves to get shaky. We stop walking on that water of faith and in a panic begin to sink.

God gave us Fruits of the Spirit. Faithfulness being one of those nine. Faith as small as a mustard seed. For where there is faith, there is hope. But we must have an open mind. Closed mindedness means a closed heart. Closed heart means lack of faith. An unwillingness to believe and have hope.

Our faith tends to waver in particular stressful situations. We let fear take over, and that my friends is from no one else but the devil. I believe our biggest fight is between fear and faith. To grow and to produce fruit for His Kingdom, we must win the battle with faith. Many times we just give in to the fear. Which really gets us, well absolutely nowhere. Back to that cruddy stuff.

Galatians 2:20 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Did you see it? I live by faith.

So though it seems a mustard seed at times, that seed is there. It can grow. Feed it. Water it. Claim it.

Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog

Here’s a good starting point. Of course, so is your Bible. ❤️

Where do you struggle in your faith?

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