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Faith is a Choice!

Faith isn’t the easiest thing to define. I think that faith is one of the most misunderstood words in Christianity. When people are in difficult situations we tell them, “You just need to have faith,” but often we don’t  understand what faith even is. Many people today think that faith just means hoping for something, but for us Christians, faith isn’t just a hope; for us, faith is a choice to have confidence.

Genesis 15:6 – “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” Abraham chose to believe the things that the Lord said to him; he chose to have faith.

So then, this is how I define faithFaith is a choice that we make to: 1. Believe that the things God says are completely true and 2. Trust that God will do the things He has said.

Faith isn’t a magical formula that happens when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It doesn’t mean that we never have doubts. Having faith means that when we have doubts, we choose to believe what God says instead of what our doubts say.

So when we have doubts,  let’s look to the word of God for our confidence. Whatever your doubts might be, find a verse from the Bible that tells the truth about your situation. For example– sometimes I feel abandoned by God; I doubt that God is with me.

I can tell you three places in the Bible where God promises that He does not abandon His people (and I’m one of His people): Deuteronomy 31:6, Deuteronomy 31:8, and Hebrews 13:5.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

So my prayer when I have this specific doubt goes like this: Lord, right now I feel like you have abandoned me. That is how I feel but Lord, I know that you have not abandoned me because your word says in Deuteronomy 31:8 that you will neither fail me nor abandon me. So right now Lord, I choose to believe what your word says even though I do not feel that way. I choose to believe that you have not and will not abandon me and I thank you that your word is true. Amen.

Choose today to be young women who choose to have faith!

Hebrews 11:1 – Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

 

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14 Comments

  1. susannah pemberton

    Posted by susannah pemberton on December 18, 2012 at 14:27

    thanks so much 🙂

  2. ams7298

    Posted by ams7298 on December 23, 2011 at 18:41

    Sometimes I seriously doubt… And then I get afraid that God is going to give up on me and leave me because I do doubt.. the problem is, I don’t want to doubt. I want to believe that Jesus is enough.. and I do believe that he is. Sometimes, I doubt though… like I’m not good enough. And it bothers me because I don’t want to. It’s like I’m in between, but I don’t want to be. I’m scared God’s gonna leave me & give up on me, but I don’t want him to. Someone please help?

  3. Posted by on November 26, 2011 at 15:47

    Faith is sooo hard!!!!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lilliterra on November 25, 2011 at 17:28

    I hate it when people talk about “blind” faith, like “just shut your eyes and beleive harder” like it’s some kind of fairy dust or something. That’s not what faith is about. Jenn got it right. Faith is a choice, it’s how you act, it’s what you do, not some sort of arbitrary beleif. We have a good reason for our faith.

  5. Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 23:47

    I feel like that sometimes too! I KNOW he’s there,but I just can’t feel him. This article helps a lot.

  6. Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 20:13

    Oh my goodness, this is exactly what ive been lookin for. Thanks SOO MUCH Jenn! 🙂 God sent me this article, I KNOW IT! 🙂 God Bless Ya 🙂

    • Posted by on November 26, 2011 at 20:03

      I’m so glad that this blessed you Britney!

  7. JessicaLS

    Posted by JessicaLS on November 23, 2011 at 16:55

    Wow! A couple of days ago, I was doubting God. I told Him that I read somewhere that “faith is a choice.” It’s your choice to believe in Him or not, regardless of what you feel. I told Him that I didn’t believe that faith is a choice. I told Him you can’t just have faith in something because you choose to. And, then I see this article two days later! I think God disagreed with what I said and told me this! 🙂 Thank you for the article, Jenn!

    • Posted by on November 26, 2011 at 20:02

      Jessica – I know how hard it can be sometimes. We doubt and we feel like we must not have faith because if we did, we wouldn’t doubt. We want faith to just be something that we have, that is strong all the time but it isn’t. Faith is harder to maintain when life gets hard. It’s easy to have faith in God when it seems like everything is going the way we want. The important thing is that we continue to choose faith even when doubt creeps in and life gets hard. I’m so glad that God led you to this article 🙂

  8. Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 23:07

    OMG thank so much the Holy Spirit really convicted me that I wasnt having a lot of faith i really needed this

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by girlygirl1234 on November 22, 2011 at 18:31

    Awesome Article! Another way to define faith is believing in things that we cannot see. We can’t see God but we need to believe that he is still there with us and we need to trust in him. [=

  10. love4494

    Posted by love4494 on November 22, 2011 at 17:17

    Great Article Jenn!

  11. Liliandil486

    Posted by Liliandil486 on November 22, 2011 at 17:17

    An example I like to think of to demonstrate faith is, “when you went to school today and sat down at your desk, you had faith the chair would hold your body weight.” You trust God without “testing the waters” or trying to still be in control 🙂 That’s how I like to think of faith. Great article!

    • jones.dana46

      Posted by jones.dana46 on November 24, 2011 at 22:43

      When we talked about faith in youth group this is the exact example my youth pastor used.