Determination & Faith
The power to change the world
What are you determined to do? What are you going to do or get no matter the odds that you face, or the obstacles that come in your way?
Your determination will decide the fate of your goal, the faith that you have will fuel your determination. So how much faith do you have and how determined you are will most ultimately decided your fate.
There is this awesome story of a women who encountered Jesus to see that her daughter would be healed. Now this woman had in many ways no right to seek Jesus out as she was a Canaanite, and woman. Back then women were not supposed to talk to men. This did not matter to her one bit, she was determined and believed that Jesus could solve her problem. So facing many obstacles and never taking no for an answer this woman received what she was asking for and her daughter was healed. Jesus was amazed by her faith. So take your attention back to the questions that you were being asked at the beginning of this article. Is there anything that comes to mind, is there anything that you are going to do no matter what? If there is how determined are you, how much faith are you going to apply to it? When you answer these questions you can then and only then know if you will get it done. Looking at the things we want to do and realizing that they are going to be hard is a lot like our relationship with Jesus. We know we have it and we know we want it to grow, but sometimes we just don’t know how to make it happen. This is because we might not have given enough thought to the obstacles that are going to come our way as we seek to grow our relationship. Relationships are hard at best, they require time and energy, if they are going to grow and survive. If we want our relationship with Jesus to be something more than it is currently we are going to have to apply determination and faith to it daily.
If there are things that we want out of life we must apply determination and faith to them so that we might be able to achieve them. I will assure you that their will be obstacles that come and people who will tell you that you have no right to achieve such things, but you are empowered with the Holy Spirit and that changes everything. Check out
Romans 8:37-39 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. When you start to realize the power that is in you through your faith that you have in Jesus, you will realize that all things are possible. To strengthen our relationship with Jesus we must realize that depth of the relationship that He wants to have with us. All the power on the earth and in the heavens will never separate us from His love. That is a power source that you can grow in and from. Increase your determination and your faith and you will achieve things you never thought possible!
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A Power Source within you
When you hear the word faith what comes to your mind. For most of us we think of blind faith but that really does not define faith. Because faith in not blind. Faith sees everything, faith sees more clearly than our eyes see. Faith with our eyes increases our vision and our understanding of the world around us. So here is a question for you to think about, “When was the last time you did something completely out of faith?” I have to admit that is a pretty hard question. But it is a question that is worth asking. When do you use your faith to see the world around you differently? God has a lot to say about faith, and the Bible makes it very clear that faith is key to pleasing God, because without faith we cannot even believe in God.
So if you have faith how much do you use it? Do you see it as a power source within you? Something that you live by?
Tonight we are looking at faith and what faith can do in our lives. Many of us have faith that Jesus is God’s Son and that He paid the price for us and we are forgiven because of our faith. This is a good thing, this is an important thing. But some of us have only used that portion of faith we have gone deeper to understand the power source of faith.
How do you achieve the things that you achieve? Do you do it in your own strength? Or do you pull from the power source of faith. Many of us just get things done by our own strength and our own abilities. This is cool and this works but what if you were to pull from the power of faith? What if you were to try things that scare you to death, and you did it from faith? God has made it clear that because of our faith we have conquered the world, but if we have beaten the world then why do we all struggle? Check out this promise from God.
1 John 5:3-5 3 Loving God means obeying his commands. And God's commands are not too hard for us, 4 because everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world-- our faith. 5 So the one who conquers the world is the person who believes that Jesus.
Wow if you believe in Jesus then you have the power source of faith inside you and that power source allows you to conquer the world. Now if you can believe that then you can believe that you can achieve anything that you set your heart to. When you set out to achieve it you must pull on your faith. Pulling from faith is really easy but you have to make it a practice a thing that you truly seek to do. Do you do what you do and think about God and His promises that you can do it? Or do you just do things out of habit and action. Pulling from your faith defeats fear and leads you to trust and lean on God. When I pray for healing for my children’s bumps and bruises that happen, I need to pull on my faith that God heals and takes away the pain, I must pray as I pull on my faith, not just pray to say the words, I have to believe. My faith in my belief is me saying that I believe God at His word and that is pulling on the power source of faith. Your faith will grow as you pull on it, as you tug on it and depend on it! Faith is a power source so use it!
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Written and Posted by The XGT Experience Team of leaders