Having Faith

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While reading a devotional, entitled “Gold That Remains,” from the book Walk with God, the author, Chris Tiegreen, referenced Job 23:10 (KJV),  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Tiegreen continued by stating, “Just as the cross of Jesus revealed the character of God within Him, so does the fire of trial reveal the character of God within us. Are we patient? We and the world will only know it if our patience is tested. Are we loving? It will not be seen until we are confronted with hatred. Are we full of faith? There is no evidence until circumstances dictate against it.” So being purified, cleansed and regenerated help us to come forth as gold.

We all talk about faith.  Christians realize that faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the source of our salvation. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, Hebrews 11:1 (KJV). But what does this really mean? As we experience life and embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ, the essence of faith is more meaningful. Many scriptures can be found to address faith. Sometimes there’s a struggle because we usually think we need a lot of faith. Matthew 17:20b (KJV) says, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

We cannot predict when we will be called upon to show our strength, our patience, our love and our faith. Our family’s trial by fire experience enabled us to increase our faith in God, as circumstances dictated that we rise to a higher spiritual level.  After praising, praying, fasting, hoping and trusting that our precious little, baby girl would be healthy, happy and whole, the day finally came. We had to depend on the faith that had carried us for six months and surrender all our hopes and dreams to God in His Infinite wisdom and love for us. While waiting for our baby to be delivered, my daughter-in-law said to me, “I never thought that I would be going through this.” My reply was, “None us did. But the Lord has surrounded us with loving, caring people to help us through.” Even the nurses ministered to our pain and shared our sorrow and tears. Gabrielle Faith was delivered, not as we hoped, prayed and expected, but with splendor by the supreme power and glory of God. Gabby was favored with the sovereign honor, to bypass life in this unpredictable world and was delivered to Jesus as he gathered the lambs with his arms, and now carries her in his bosom, Isaiah 40:11.

Then there was a level of excitement that was diabolically opposed to what may be considered, natural reactions and expectations, while embracing the loving care of our merciful and awesome God. We were encouraged to continue to praise, pray, fast, hope and trust God, with even more enthusiasm and to share the zeal we had the day before we received the heartbreaking news. The only explanation for our reactions was the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, there are tears, hugs, pain, smiles, loving embraces and joy in knowing that God’s perfect will is done. Following the memorial service, I spoke to my daughter-in-law and Gabby’s other grandmother. They recounted the experience of Gabby’s grandmother waking one morning crying, while feeling something gently, moving on her bed. She said she heard a very small voice that said, “Grammy, don’t cry.” Her response was, “I can’t help it.”  Then the sweet, little voice replied, “I’ll catch your tears.”

Gabby’s father, mother,  brother, grandparents, and family, know all too well what is written in His Word; God never makes mistakes, all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  The name Gabrielle means, “God is my strength and courage.” He is our strength and courage, and Having Gabrielle Faith made all the difference.

 

While reading a devotional, entitled “Gold That Remains,” from the book Walk with God, the author, Chris Tiegreen, referenced Job 23:10 (KJV),  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Tiegreen continued by stating, “Just as the cross of Jesus revealed the character of God within Him, so does the fire of trial reveal the character of God within us. Are we patient? We and the world will only know it if our patience is tested. Are we loving? It will not be seen until we are confronted with hatred. Are we full of faith? There is no evidence until circumstances dictate against it.” So being purified, cleansed and regenerated help us to come forth as gold.

We all talk about faith.  Christians realize that faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the source of our salvation. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, Hebrews 11:1 (KJV). But what does this really mean? As we experience life and embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ, the essence of faith is more meaningful. Many scriptures can be found to address faith. Sometimes there’s a struggle because we usually think we need a lot of faith. Matthew 17:20b (KJV) says, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

We cannot predict when we will be called upon to show our strength, our patience, our love and our faith. Our family’s trial by fire experience enabled us to increase our faith in God, as circumstances dictated that we rise to a higher spiritual level.  After praising, praying, fasting, hoping and trusting that our precious little, baby girl would be healthy, happy and whole, the day finally came. We had to depend on the faith that had carried us for six months and surrender all our hopes and dreams to God in His Infinite wisdom and love for us. While waiting for our baby to be delivered, my daughter-in-law said to me, “I never thought that I would be going through this.” My reply was, “None us did. But the Lord has surrounded us with loving, caring people to help us through.” Even the nurses ministered to our pain and shared our sorrow and tears. Gabrielle Faith was delivered, not as we hoped, prayed and expected, but with splendor by the supreme power and glory of God. Gabby was favored with the sovereign honor, to bypass life in this unpredictable world and was delivered to Jesus as he gathered the lambs with his arms, and now carries her in his bosom, Isaiah 40:11.

Then there was a level of excitement that was diabolically opposed to what may be considered, natural reactions and expectations, while embracing the loving care of our merciful and awesome God. We were encouraged to continue to praise, pray, fast, hope and trust God, with even more enthusiasm and to share the zeal we had the day before we received the heartbreaking news. The only explanation for our reactions was the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, there are tears, hugs, pain, smiles, loving embraces and joy in knowing that God’s perfect will is done. Following the memorial service, I spoke to my daughter-in-law and Gabby’s other grandmother. They recounted the experience of Gabby’s grandmother waking one morning crying, while feeling something gently, moving on her bed. She said she heard a very small voice that said, “Grammy, don’t cry.” Her response was, “I can’t help it.”  Then the sweet, little voice replied, “I’ll catch your tears.”

Gabby’s father, mother,  brother, grandparents, and family, know all too well what is written in His Word; God never makes mistakes, all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  The name Gabrielle means, “God is my strength and courage.” He is our strength and courage, and Having Gabrielle Faith made all the difference.

 

 

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  1. Very touching and so true. We must forever hold on to our faith. It is a compound of belief, trust and an attitude of mind, will and spirit. Great article.

  2. It is not easy to acknowledge blessings as we experience sorrow, but if we have faith, it is possible. Thanks for sharing.

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