Faith

My faith is that Jesus Christ is the son of God Jehovah, the Creator of heaven and earth. This is what I believe in. God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us. No-one on earth has such love as to take their one and only child and offer him/her as a sacrifice. Yet our heavenly Father did that for us. Because of this, I believe in love. Love for God and humanity. I frequently quote from the book of Proverbs:

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Bind them around your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart”, and the love as described in 1 Corinthians 13.

By God’s strength, my faith has helped me to triumph over personal trauma, trials, and tribulations. My attitude is one of humbly walking in my calling and purpose as God continues healing and perfecting me in the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is not easy as I also sin and falter, but by His grace I am able to stand up, clean up my mistakes and continue the walk with Christ. I remind myself that my Heavenly Father loves me so much that He will never remind me of my sins. I do not have to walk in condemnation as I strive to live a Godly life.

What are your beliefs? How do you live your life when trials and tribulations challenge you? Who do you go to? How do you exercise your faith? Do you sometimes feel hopeless or faithless as you walk in your life journey? Please share some of your faith challenge moments with us in order to encourage others. How did you conquer these?

I would like to share more of my trials and tribulations, so be sure to check back and have a look at my blog. Let us share so we may encourage others in faith.

Please share your story with us so we may encourage others in faith.

I believe the more we share, the bigger the difference we can make in other people’s lives.

Some of our shared stories

  1. FAITH, so simple yet sometimes so seemingly difficult.

    As vulnerable babies we take our first natural and significant leap of faith into the world and onto a lifelong journey of faith. I suppose one can argue that we did not have much of a choice, but I am sure deep down in our little hearts there was great excitement and courage to enter the big world, outside of our mothers’ comfortable wombs. Faith requires courage and vulnerability.

    As a baby and toddler faith came easy as I was lovingly nurtured, protected and passionately loved by my parents. I experienced their joy and gratitude in every interaction with me. I felt safe and confident, I suppose I completely just trusted them. I remember when my father held out his arms, shouting “JUMP”, I just jumped, with great excitement and absolutely knowing that he would catch me, which he did every time.

    Then I grew up and things changed a bit, or rather changed a lot. All of a sudden it was not just about my parents anymore, but more about others. More so before I came to know my Savior, but also after. One of my great mistakes or challenges was developing “faith” in people, wanting to please, impress and live up to envisaged expectations. So much so, that my personal sense of worth and achievement was determined by how I perceived how certain people perceived me. The root of which I today believe was pride, maybe that was my “Pit” or “Prison” for many years well into adult life.

    In a way those people or organisations became idols of a sort. I eventually learnt that faith in these idols always led or ended in painful, stressful, and thankless labor with no worthwhile, long lasting rewards.

    Thankfully we serve a Good Good Father who sent His son to set the captives free. Faith in Him is induced by love. He is easy to trust and He offers immeasurable rewards. Today, I know that I am defined by no human being, my definition is in Him alone as He planned my life – as described in Ps 139, and many other places in His Word.

    Faith has a whole new meaning for me now. Its foundations are cast at an empty grave and the knowledge that “He created my inmost being; He knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I can praise Him because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; I am His workmanship and His works are wonderful, I know that fully well.”

    My faith is further anchored in Christ’s prayer for me as in Eph 1:17-21 where He prayed that I may be reminded of “the hope to which He has called me, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people and in me, and His incomparably great power for me who believes. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion.”

    Then He went further and prayed for me in John 17:20-23 praying: “Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May (Peter) and they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given him and them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

    There are many more such awesome confirmations of His love, His power and His purpose for me and for you. All of which are more than enough reason to have complete faith and trust in Him, so you can courageously and passionately jump when He says jump; and to be set free, as He today still comes to set the captives free.

    I have also learnt that prayer and supplication activate and grow our faith in our Awesome, Mighty and Good Father. I have been blessed to see many prayers for favor, for protection, for wisdom, for healing and for forgiveness being answered. This grows my faith, to have more faith and to live the purpose my Father has called me to.

    I believe that easy, uncomplicated, consistent, child-like faith in Him, is probably one of the greatest acts of love and gratitude, I can show my Father.

    God bless you as you simply have faith in Him alone and courageously act in faith throughout your life. Shalom!

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  2. I have always been fascinated by how God spoke to Noah and going to great lengths to tell him how big and high the boat should be. Noah obeyed without any hesitation because he knew who God was and how faithful he was. Two things stand out for me in this story:

    1) God prepared Noah and gave him the tools he needed to protect him from the storm – will come back to this at a later stage.

    2) Noah was stuck in the boat. It is said the rain carried on for 40 days and 40 nights (same amount of days Moses and Jesus were in the wilderness for: But that is not my focus here). It is also said that it took another 21 days before the water levels dropped. My curiosity has always been – what did Noah (and his family) do being stuck for 40 days? My guess – they probably prayed and worshipped God. Now at times, God will push us into the proverbial wilderness because like Noah He wants to protect us from the dangers that are lurking out there. But because His purpose for us is for something bigger and better – He will protect us.

    Let us allow God to take us into the wilderness to remove the noise from our lives so that we may hear Him speak. When you are driving and have the GPS on because you do not know where you are going, you make sure that its volume is loud and all other noises are quiet so you can clearly hear when it gives directions. Let us be like that with God. We will not hear Him amidst our noisy lives. Be blessed!

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  3. When I gave my life to the Lord at an early age, my grandmother reminded me that it will not be an easy road in life generally as I will still face challenges but she said I have to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Truly this helped me. Having been raised in a very poor family where most of the time we would go to sleep with no food, I realised that poverty was a way God was taking us through baptismal to prepare us for greater things. Every time I reflect on the life of Joseph in the Bible, one thing I have learnt is PPP journey [Pit, Prison and Palace]. In my faith walk this became indeed the three Ps. My Pit life was the extreme poverty I grew up in, with struggles to go through school due to lack of school funds, ill-health due to malnutrition, and lack of transport to school thus walking long distances come rain or sun shine. My Prison was when my marriages did not succeed as I had hoped for. My marriages were difficult, full of strife and all sorts of things. I had to work hard to raise my children alone and take them through university. My Palace was the elevation and promotion I received after my last divorce. God Almighty promoted me to become a successful business woman receiving recognition and awards across the country e.g. Top Performing Business Leader in South Africa award and being recognized as one of the Most Influential Business Women in Africa. So my message to all those going through the Pit or are in Prison at the moment is, be courageous, resilient and keep faith, God is with you as He will never leave nor forsake you. Keep faith in God Jehovah!

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