November 9, 2020
Forty Days of Proclamation: Faith
Mayce Nierenberg DelValle
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11 1.
When the word “faith” landed on my heart last October, it didn’t come as a huge surprise as I try to live life by the motto “faith over fear”. What I could not possibly know at that time was how much my definition of faith would change in 2020.
There are 2 definitions when you google the word faith:
complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
This is where I was prior to 2020 and…I should add, my definition of faith never included the word “complete”. In fact, I never really understand who or what I had faith in. I just knew that I had a choice between believing in the good or believing in the negative.
strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
This is my current definition; one I believe I live out and could in fact see interchanging the words” strong belief” with the words “complete belief”
You see prior to November 2019, I was not a believer in Jesus. I was raised Jewish. I always said being raised Jewish was not something that defined me. If you asked me to name 3 things about myself, being Jewish wouldn’t be one of them.
Some of you reading this may not be able to relate. I know many of you have been believers since the day you were born and some of you may have been saved later in life. But what I want you to get from reading this is that my faith now defines me. It is something that I take seriously; it is something I am proud of. My faith has been tested this year, as many of ours has. What I have learned through these tested times is that I would not have been able to handle things on my own…my biggest lesson this past year is that when I put my complete faith in Jesus, the burdens are not mine to carry. Oh my goodness…..what a relief!
As the header verse states, I am certain of what I do not see. I am certain that our Creator knew that this was the year I needed to turn my eyes up to Him. I have been faithful in exploring my faith this year. I have immersed myself in reading the bible and although it took me 9 months (hmm…is that a God wink that it takes 9 months to fully birth a child of God??) I felt so complete when I accomplished that goal. I pray and worship every single day. I have not missed a Sunday sermon since last Thanksgiving and my children are currently attending youth group at our church too. As my pastor said this past week our devotion determines the destiny of future generations.
Perhaps you are reading this post and already have a strong sense of faith and have been a devoted believer, what is it for you to do? Let me share this with you, my definition of faith changed because I had believers who prayed for my salvation every day. Some of you reading this may have been a part of that prayer circle. What you can do, today and every day, is to continue to let your faith shine in a way that attracts others to you. Let them see that there is something in you that they don’t have, something that they want. That is what happened with me. My faith grew because of the strong faith of others.
For further reading:
John 7:38, Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.
Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him
Dear God, I thank you for your faithfulness. I thank you for lifting the burdens everyday so we as believers do not have to carry the load ourselves. God I am thankful for those in my life who continued to shine their light so brightly that I was attracted to them and wanted to explore my faith on a deeper level. Dear God, I pray that each of the ladies reading this today feel a renewal in their faith and that they will follow the promptings and remain obedient as the Holy Spirit guides them to share the Good News of Jesus with those who need it. Dear God, may our devotion impact generations to come, our children, and our children’s children. I am thankful for you God, I have hope for you and I am certain in you even though I cannot see You…I feel your presence God and will continue to turn to you every day. It is in Your precious name and for the Father's glory I pray, Amen .
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