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You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
It is not faith alone, but your actions supporting your faith, that encompasses your true dedication and belief in God and what He can do to and for you. That’s why it’s faith walking and not faith sitting. You gotta put some action with it, put some elbow grease in the mix, showing God that you’re expectant but don’t think you’re entitled. Let’s break things down, using me and my life as examples to consider how we pray about money and resources, parenthood, marriage, and health and wellness. We’ll choose this approach in case certain scenarios aren’t applicable to you. If that doesn’t make sense, hopefully, it will shortly.
MONEY AND RESOURCES
I can’t just have faith that God will give me the money that I need to pay my personal and business expenses, and the other provisions that I need. I have to be proactive and receptive. I have to get up each day and work diligently so that I am doing my part and showing God that I’m serious about my life, my family’s wellbeing, my career, and in serving Him. Work must cooperate with faith.
I can’t just sit around praying and begging God to bless me with children, I must make sure that I am doing my part to be mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially healthy—and prepared to have, raise, and nurture those children. Coupled with my faith in Him, He will bless me with children, as He sees fit, in whatever arrangement that He defines. God has no time limits or boundaries. God isn’t concerned about my age and what doctors, science, or society says. God determines. My responsibility is to do my part and be patient.
I can’t just sit around and pray for a healthy, joy-filled, loving, honorable, impenetrable, and committed marriage— I must do my part to heal, nurture, love, commit, strengthen, protect, and grow within myself. I must be supportive, receptive, nurturing, understanding, compassionate, nonjudging, trusting, forgiving, and loving, to encourage—and receive—the same in return.
I can’t be hung up on the past, because God isn’t. He’s not still dwelling on what I or someone else should’ve and could’ve done, or what we did to disappoint Him. So why am I looking backward when the day is before me, and my future is ahead of me? What someone did to me, was done. Past tense. It doesn’t make sense to continue carrying around that weight. It doesn’t get me closer to healing, salvation, victory, or what God has planned for me. It’s just dead weight.
I don’t need to remarry to be happy and whole. I need to be in constant alignment with God. He makes me whole and complete. My marriage to Him comes before all human relationships. Whoever stands in accordance with that is one chosen by God to do so. It’s not for me to force or reconfigure a piece to try to make it fit some puzzle I’ve envisioned. When that piece is directed by God, it aligns without effort. Then there is peace.
With my faith and actions, I can put my trust in knowing that my human relationship and marriage (if God so chooses) will be as God envisioned. I must demonstrate through thoughts, words, and deeds, the very things that I desire in and from a life partner.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
My desire for excellent health cannot come from merely wishing or praying for it. What am I doing to reduce my risk of exposure to toxic things, environments, situations, and people? What am I doing to extinguish the toxic thoughts that creep in, with a seek and destroy mission?
Health is not just physical. It is spiritual, emotional, mental, and financial. It is inside-out and outside-in. It’s also the layers upon layers that we stand in strength or weakness. It’s the layers that we place or allow to be placed, by others, upon us.
COMBINING IT ALL
My actions, along with my faith, encourage me to trust and believe that the health, money, resources, children, and marriage that I desire—and need— will be provided to me as God intends for me, and only when He sees fit. Faith, is not only the believing in something, it is also the patience to wait, for that which we desire, to manifest fully—on God’s time, not ours. While we wait we must work with the greatest of passion.
Now let’s put some action beside our faith!
Father, I thank You for my blessings—past, present, and future. I thank You now for providing me with the money that I need to take care of my expenses and to provide the financial foundation and layers that will support and help build my legacy. I thank You now for providing me with the resources that I need to grow and become a better person.
To show my faith in You and my dedication to serving You, I won’t just sit around lazily expecting You to do everything for me; but rather I promise to get up each day and work diligently in both my personal and professional life. If I say I want more in life then I need to show You that I can handle more, by first taking care of what is before me.
Jesus showed men how to become fishermen so that they could catch their own fish, not just wait around for someone to provide them with the fish. I want to be that metaphoric and symbolic fisherman, who works hard through Your grace and will to provide for myself and my family—all while teaching those in need, so that they too will rise up to be fishermen.
I want You to know and see that I’m willing to do my part, Lord. I thank You for taking care of me Father, and for freeing me from the fear that tries to keep me prisoner in my own mind and body. I love You Father. In Your son Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
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