Kimberly N. Alleyne
The Harvest Magazine, Publisher and Editor
Faith gives substance (or assurance) to our hopes, and makes us certain of realities we do not see–
The New English Bible with the Apocrypha
This thing we call faith is fascinating. What does it mean to have faith? How does it work? What does it look like?
Faith sits at the core of our love walk, our relationship with the Lord, and the expectation of His return. Believers cannot realistically go forward in faith if they’re guided by their earthly thoughts. Getting wrapped up in our thoughts defies the entire notion of faith because faith is not governed by what we know with our heads, but what we know with our hearts. Faith is a heart issue, not a head issue.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that faith is taking the first step even when you cannot see the steps on the staircase. Yes! That’s faith. It’s walking ahead even when the path ahead is layered in a fog of unknowns and when the surface of the path seems to change with every few feet .
Ultimately, my love walk sets the pace and tenor of my faith walk. It all goes back to my heart: I live out of my heart. I believe with my heart (see Romans 10:10). I forgive with my heart. Faith can only flourish where there is love.
Little love = Little faith. Great love = Great faith.
Great faith is active. Faith without action does not net much. In his letter, James wrote, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” James 2:18, NIV
If you are believing God for a new job, then put your active faith to work and start thanking Him as if it’s already done. Go ahead and start praying for your new manager and co-workers. Believing God for a spouse? Open a savings account especially for wedding expenses.
Show Him just how great your faith is.
Have faith that God will do what He said He will do because He will. He simply cannot do anything contrary to His Word. All of His promises are “Yay” and “Amen.” So when you ask Him, believe that He will do it and don’t waver. And confess it, too, because confessions are expressions of faith (see Mark 11:22-26).
Just as our confessions demonstrate our faith, so does our praise, worship, giving and service. But even in our praising, worshipping, giving and serving, we have to accept that a critical element of faith is dwelling in the center of God’s Will—that means yielding to His timing.
We have to hold fast to our dreams and desires—even the face of heart-numbing disappointments and confusing delays—and accept that God will bring it all to pass in His timing. Delays are not necessarily denials; we can use delays to increase our faith even the more by seeking God more. Have enough faith to make a season of delay one of productivity, purpose and praise. God does not waste anything: not a mistake, a broken relationship, tears, heartache, betrayal, and especially not our delays. Have faith that God will give you His best in every season.
When we demonstrate our great faith, God smiles. Even when we are unsure or fearful, we can pull up the straps of our great faith to descend the staircase —the steps will appear just before we place our foot down.
Great faith is now faith!