Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all . . . not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father. Romans 4:16 (AMP & MSG)

I am “working” on a specific thing that requires faith; some things I do with great faith such as healing and health. Other things, however, not so much as I would prefer to see an aspect of its manifestation before I step out. However, those reconciled unto the Family of GOD by the blood of Jesus who have “ears to hear” through revelation of the WORD by the Teaching of the Holy Spirit know that ours is a faith walk (Joshua 1:7-8; Judges 4:4-9; 1 Samuel 17:45-48; 2 Chr 20:15; Esther 4:6-16; Isaiah 7:9b; Habakkuk 2:4b; Romans 1:17 & 10:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:37-38 & 11:1,6); and all reborn by the Blood were given the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). In other words, all of us begin with the same amount of faith which is strengthened by God’s mighty power within each one of us (2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 2:13 & 4:13). Therefore, to “let go and let God” isn’t synonymous with sitting on the couch and waiting for something to drop into our laps. Rather, our endeavor includes both comprehension and application of God’s Word because faith acts in keeping with the Word of God.

Faith is of God. Faith in God is to believe Him. Faith in God is to trust Him. Faith in God exhibits (an action) confidence that it is true unto you according to the Word of God. “35) So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!   36) For you need patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive the promise. Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT & MEV). Patience undergirds faith which acts on the reliability of God with confidence, fully trusting that God is true to His Word; that if the promise is of God, it is already done (Hebrews 11:11b; Isaiah 55:11 & 45:23), irrespective of what anyone else says, and regardless of what it looks like in the natural.

Doubt is the opposite of faith. Doubt is a cohort of the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Doubt makes a way or sets-up or preps for the entrance of fear – another cohort of the thief. Utilizing different tactics, the thief will whisper: “did God really say that?” and “surely that isn’t what God meant” and “surely what God warns shall not occur” (Genesis 3:1-4). Or the thief who is the father of lies (John 8:44) may attempt to convince that “the things of God don’t pertain to you” and “you’ve done too many ungodly things” and “God could never love you” and “just give up”. Or the thief will take an altogether different approach with “if that is true, do whatsoever you please” and “you’ll be far more successful doing things my way” and “go ahead, test God” (Luke 4:3-12).

Faith is the shield which covers us against the fiery darts of the thief, and the Word of God is the sword which we use offensively and defensively against him (Ephesians 6:16).

Speak the promise . . . Harriet