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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.

     

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    14 COMMENTS

    1. 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!

    2. 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!

      • 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 🙂

    3. 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.

    4. 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?

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