It’s Time to Turn on Your Faith

I cannot begin to tell you how much I am enjoying preparing and presenting to you our current worship sermon series Faith Works.  The book of James teaches us to practice our faith daily in the circumstances of life. We know very well that faith is important. Scripture teaches us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). We know, as well, that we are to exercise that faith in the life God has given us. We know all this…

The problem, however, is that so often when we face serious challenges to our life, we bail out on our faith. As soon as we are shaken by some ominous threat to our well-being or to one of our loved ones, we find it easy to opt out on the exercise of faith. Admittedly, faith is easier in the abstract when we are simply conjecturing over what we might do if faced with certain adverse sets of circumstances. It is far more difficult, however, when serious troubles actually hit home. The thing is—that is the very place and time we are supposed to practice our faith. Too often, it is at the moment we need to turn on our faith that we turn it off instead.

When my children were still quite young, I took my kids snow skiing for the first time. Rhonda was already a good skier and I had skied for years myself, but this was our first family experience on the slopes and so I determined to record this moment in our family history. I had a new video camera and it was the perfect sunny day to do so. Unfortunately, somehow I inadvertently turned on the camera before I got in position on the slope. So for the next hour I turned off the camera when I thought I was recording and turned on the camera when I thought the shot was over. At the end of the day, I had no video of my family skiing, only a recording of the snow around my skies.

In like manner, I suspect some of us are turning off our faith at the very moment that we need to turn on our faith. Could that be true of you? Think about it: what troubles are you facing now in your life that are serious challenges to your faith? What are the areas of your life where you find it difficult now to trust God? Maybe you can pause to think about this…

Okay, here is what you need to hear—these areas of concern are the very ones where God wants you to turn on your faith. This is where you need to target your faith. Trust the Lord here and relinquish the results to Him! It’s time to turn on your faith!

Begin with a prayer: Heavenly Father, these are the things which make me anxious and fearful… (Confess them). This is where I need help. Today I choose to trust in You! I will be open to Your directions and obedient to Your commands, but I will rely on You first and foremost. Thank You for releasing me from feelings of anxiety and for enabling me to practice my faith. May whatever happens in my life be to Your glory and honor. In Jesus’ Name! 

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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