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Don't Give Up On Your Faith

Updated on July 25, 2011

My sister in Christ, Faithful Daughter http://hubpages.com/hub/When-Faith-Fails-You wrote a well written hub on the subject “When Faith Fails You.” There was a woman whose name is Renae that responded with a heart felt comment and she touched my heart; I felt her pain, discouragement, frustration, and desperation. I felt led to write this hub to encourage her and everyone who is going through trials and tribulation, to not give up no matter what you are going through.

God is the hope of all glory.

If you don’t know the Lord, the first step is to get to know him by believing that he is Lord, and he is just to save you from all sins and unrighteousness. Once you invite the Lord in your life he will fight for you and defend you from all things, you have his promises and guarantee.

For those that know the Lord and have a relationship with him and are going through the storms of life, continue to hold steadfast and remember that God is the peace in the storm. God will always deal with us first before he deals with the situation at hand because there is something he’s working out in us, being on the potter’s wheel is not fun but it is necessary in order to build our character as children of the King.

Satan will use your fears to mislead you from your destiny so give your fears and doubts over to God and let him root it out, 11 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.”

Story of Jesus, the disciples, and the storm

Matthew 14. Spoke about a terrible storm that was raging, the likeness of one that the men had never saw or encountered before, they were in the eye of the storm being tossed every which way and they were sure they were going to die.

Although the disciples knew that Jesus was on board and they knew who he was as well as all the miracles he had performed, their fear took over, gripped them and they panicked. The only thing they saw when they look at the storm was death; they forgot that they had the Master aboard.

We are no different today, we as human beings tend to give into our emotions very easily more than we call upon the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit-Power of God), and this is why God has to take us through the fire to purify us so the spirit will be more than the flesh. Jesus is in our hearts, he’s with us every where we go, closer than that you cannot get but yet we continue to panic and give fear first place rather than rebuking the Satan and stand on God’s promise. We ought to look fear in the eye and declare what God says like Jesus did when they woke him up in the boat during the storm, all he said was “Peace Be still” and the wind and the waves obeyed his voice and he calmly went back to sleep.

Through the storm experience the disciple’s faith got a major boost and they learn to have trust and confidence in Jesus like never before.

Jesus dealt with there fears before he dealt with the storm, he wants to develop you in him so your faith can increase and you’ll be strengthened and ready for the next attack. The only way is through the trails of life, it is in trouble we learn how strong we are because it takes strength to hold on to God and to trust in him during a crisis Isaiah 26:3-4 “He’ll keep us in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on him. Trust in the Lord forever; for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” Perfect peace (Jesus) will always cast out fear (Satan) Jesus is our perfect peace known as Jehovah Shalom; his peace surpasses all our understanding and reasoning, the only way to get this peace is through Faith. Remember Jesus is always there with you in the middle of the storm as he was back then with his disciples, so don’t give up or look back.

Don’t give up

I would like to encourage Renae and everyone who has lost hope and is struggling through the storm of life and don’t know what to do, please hold on and press through these raging waters because you will not drown; it only a allusion. Keep pressing through your pain, sorrow, and hurt even when you can’t see anything different or any way out. Even if you are unsure or don’t know what’s gong on act like you do know, and believe that God is near you and trust him to change, heal, and redirect your circumstances.

I known that this is one of the hardest step to take but if you put your faith forward God will move with you and for you, believe me he is there just hang on to your faith and don’t give up. Meditate on this scripture in 11Corithians 4:8 & 9 though “we are troubled on every side, yet we are not distressed; we are perplexed, but not despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”

Satan is a liar, he is the father of manipulation, and he does this in the minds of people, he also a thief too. According to John 10:10 “The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, kill, and destroy, but I (Jesus) come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” Satan wants to paralyze you with fear that you stay in your misery and don’t move forward, the key is not to listen to his lies no matter how difficult it is, but put the truth of God’s word in you daily.

The power of life and death in your tongue so use God’s word to fight against Satan, that’s the only thing that will destroy him and loosen his grip on your life. Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

I pray that you were encouraged through these words, the scriptures, and the music by Bishop Paul S. Morton “Be Blessed”

The Bishop has a powerful testimony, the devil tried to take him out and failed, he’s stronger than ever and this song was birth through great sorrows, adversities, and triumph. Praise God our Deliverer!

Be Bless my Brothers and Sisters.

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    • Sunita-Sharma profile image

      Sunita-Sharma 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

      Very encouraging hub!Reading such article gives strength, relief and peace of mind!

    • Barbsbitsnpieces profile image

      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      7 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @jagandelight...Yes, it's all about living the journey with God and for God. Thanks for sharing these powerful thoughts.

    • Trsmd profile image

      Trsmd 

      7 years ago from India

      You have to believe God, not just believe in God. The devils believe as the Bible tells us and that is not enough to save them.

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Isin82, thanks for the comment.

      I am happy that you found this to be a source of encouragement, it was to me too in writing it. We all have to encourage our self daily just like David did.

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      lsin82 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Great word. I appreciate the encouragement. You are right God is more concerned with dealing with us first instead of our situation. We just have to remember to continue to trust in God and His promises that all things are working for our good and that He will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Amen!

      GrowingDeeper, you are absolutely right. We should get into the practice of asking God before we do something, in this we shall know we will be prosperous as David when he finally asked God first.

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      GrowingDeeper 

      7 years ago

      A story that has gripped me lately is in 1 Samuel starting in about chapter 26 and ending in 30. David has a lapse of faith and gives into fear of Saul who he could have killed at any moment. He never consults God, just runs into the Philistines camp (the enemy) and actually fights for them. But, he and his forces lose everything as Ziklag gets burned. But, David doesn't respond in fear this time. It says he was distressed, but he encourage himself in the Lord. We need to learn the lesson from our lapses of faith and from David's to not run to the enemy hoping for relief from our problems but stand fast and turn to God and encourage ourself in Him. The story ends with David recovering all that was taken captive by his enemy just as God promised Him. We too can recapture what we have lost to Satan in our lives when we turn to God and follow His lead.

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      RevLady, thank you for your comments and your prayers. Truly we cannot survive the journey without God.

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      RevLady 

      7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Thank you for sharing His Word of encouragement and spiritual uplift. Truly God is working things out for our good, even when it does not appear to be so. Our testimonies emerge from triumph over adversities.

      Father God, I cannot survive this journey without You. The road is too rough to tread and the mountains too high to climb. Help me to hold fast to my faith in You. Give me the strength and courage to not resign under pressure. Keep near to me as I live the Christian life, trusting in the sufficiency of Your abounding grace; in the name of our crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

      In His name and for His sake,

      Forever His

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Tamarajo, thank you for stopping in.

      with that said I can relate even more to the scripture that say "all things work together for good for them that love the Lord and is called for his purpose."

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      Tamarajo 

      7 years ago

      A super encouraging and insightful article.

      "God will always deal with us first before he deals with the situation at hand ".

      Never thought of it that way.

      A truly blessed read.

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      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Yes, my sister, I loved the video... beautiful! People who are hurting have a special spiritual bond with each other; we know what each other are feeling. What an awesome testimony of Bishop Paul. Thanks for sharing. God love you! :)

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Faithful Daughter, thanks for stopping in.God speaks with one voice all for his glory.

      I am glad that you are in touch with renae, keeping encouraging and praying for her. God bless you.

      Did you like the video?

      That song just lift my spirit and bless me so, hope it did the same for you and everyone who listen to it.

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      lookseenow12, thanks for that post.

      Jonah is indeed a prime example of lack of faith due to fear, and tried as he did he could not run from destiny. he had to be obedient and tread the way that was ordered and look at the result it was nothing like he taught. That's God- his ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

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      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This has brought me to tears. As I read your words full of encouragement, led by the Holy Spirit, my spirit soared and was uplifted. Thank you for this Spirit-filled writing. I will share this on my Facebook account and post it on Renae's wall, and let her know that she is not alone, that she has friends in Christ backing her up. Thank you! God bless you!

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      www.lookseenow 

      7 years ago

      When I read you post I came across the account of Jonah, temporary lack of faith, suffering, and fear of man is what caused it for him. Did he make a change? The account is worth reading in the book of Jonah.

      Jonah gave up, at least temporarily, because of lack of faith. Instead of going to his assignment in Nineveh he ran away in the opposite direction on a ship to Tarshish. It cost funds, and a lot of wasted time. While on board the ship it took a violent storm, and for him to be tossed overboard to bring Jonah back to his senses. Here lack of faith gave way to a realization that faith without works is dead. He could have died by drowning too, but his faith strengthened when he determined to return to his wok assignment. When he got to where he had not dared to tread he immediately got the Ninehvites’ attention. Heretofore he had expected a hostile and violent response. Instead, something remarkable happened.

      “Why didn’t I think of this before, that people will listen?”

      A plan to trek three days journey into the city turned out immediate results with his proclamation spreading like wildfire. Before long, the whole city was talking about Jonah’s prophecy of doom. Now why was that, a lack of faith turned to faith shown by works. He showed his faith by his actions so that instead of a drowning—instead of faith without works being dead—he began to put faith in God. (Jonah 1:1-19)

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