Don’t stop believin’

Scripture

"While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official saying, "Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore." But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, "Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well." (Luke 8:49, NIV)
Observation

It has been some time since I opened on a musical note. I don’t know about you but I have this musical soundtrack that runs through my head during the day. It usually starts off when I first wake up and continues pretty much unabated throughout the day. So there are times, like when I’m reading scripture that certain songs just burst into my brain.

This scripture reminds of that song by Journey; cue the power ballad. But it also reminds me of the Pygmalion effect or as we more commonly refer to it as a self-fulfilling prophesy.  So for example, if I think I'm going to fail, in my heart I will have that tendency that will make me work to make that thinking come to reality. To avoid any negative expectations, we must always expect the best.

The Bible defines faith as "the way we see things." Faith is powerful and we need to use it correctly. What we see in this passage is the misuse of faith. Here the people thought the girl was dead, but the Lord said “do not fear keep believing.”

You see when we use our faith; we can’t use it in believing the worse. We need to use faith for good and for what's best and we must keep believing and hoping in the Lord.

I don’t know about you but it’s very easy to get into a routine. That’s one of the issues we have to guard ourselves against; a 'maintenance mode' life. If we think we're status quo and not growing we will have a tendency in our hearts that will create that reality. That is where the old saying that goes; “If you do what you always do, then you get what you always got” is true. If we're not careful, what we believe will come to pass. A definition for insanity.

But our future will be determined by the way we see it today. "As is thy faith, so shall it be done to you" (Matthew 8:13). We all paint our future with drab grays and diluted colors or as Yoda would say, “The future always clouded with emotion.” But God wants us to live in the light of faith and to paint with neon colors.
Application

To cooperate with the Lord, write down things the Lord places on your heart. Ask yourself the most profound questions you can, and then ask God to give you the answer. The Lord will tell you. When God speaks to you, write down what He is saying, and start in faith by doing it. By thinking positively and believing that this is a new season in your life your future will begin to unfold. I like this definition of "vision"; believing in the best optimum picture of what the future will look like.

How can I encourage you to practice to apply your faith? Faith is like any muscle, it has to be exercised to grow strong. We have to feed it the things that will make it strong - like reading the Word, journaling and praying every day. If you're serious about getting serious with God, then we must increase our faith by building towards our future.

Prayer
O God in Christ, I receive your fullness. Increase my capacity to believe, to obey, and to enjoy. I will not be content with hand-me-down truth or secondhand faith. I want it fresh and whole. Amen.