I'm learning a lot about faith of late. I believe that faith and focus go hand in hand. I must keep my focus on Jesus to keep my faith in Him strong. I have never, ever doubted the existence of God or that Jesus came to earth to die for my sins. My belief has been unshakeable, but what about my faith?
Let's just say that it's deepening as I become more focused and more reliant on Him for the strength I need. I just need to put my foot out into the Jordan in an act of faith and let Him do the rest.
My 24 in 2010 scripture memory verse for the 15th of April talks about faith in Jesus. My focus has shifted to Him as the ultimate comfort for the lack I've felt in my life. I am finally feeling - not just thinking about, but feeling - His power in my life. Over the last few weeks I have literally cried out to Him on a weekly basis to help me, to give me strength and to take the pain away. But as my reading of Revelation revealed to me two nights ago, the pain is purposeful.
"...God's holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus." - Revelation 14:12 NLT
I don't 'do' patient very well, nor do I 'do' persecution, obeying and maintaining. I am learning though. Slowly, but surely. As I feel myself exiting the wilderness that has been my life for the last 40 years, I can feel myself becoming more patient, tolerating persecution better, obeying what He wants me to do and maintaining my faith in Jesus.
Jesus the Gentleman loves me. God the Father adores me. The Holy Spirit guides me. I ask you, what more could a girl want in life at this point in time?
Thank You Heavenly Father for Your Word and the wisdom it bestows on me right when I need it, and right on time. Enduring persecution patiently is a strengthening tool that You use to help us maintain our faith. It works and it's perfect, just like You. In Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen