Thursday, January 8, 2015

On-Point Insights: 'Faith Muscles'-4 Spiritual Growth

On-Point Insights: 'Faith Muscles'-4 Spiritual Growth: A fellow blogger { Susan Gregory } who is a Life Coach, Author and Keynote Speaker just recently sent me one of her prior blogs. It was an e...

'Faith Muscles'-4 Spiritual Growth

A fellow blogger {Susan Gregory} who is a Life Coach, Author and Keynote Speaker just recently sent me one of her prior blogs. It was an embellishment about one of Jesus' lamented utterances, "Oh Yea of Little Faith". Upon reading it I was both struck and  touched by the piece; and of her testimony about Really Getting It-on how we should learn to really "Trust God", couple with her careful researched exegesis regarding a real understanding and insights concerning "Faith Muscles".

I am compelled to share an excerpt with a bit of editing to integrate my own personal shaping and structuring.
Beginning with one of my favorite saying of encouragement that  I always share with others during mentoring and in ministry situations. Which is, "Practice The Presence of the Lord" When you do, {as I connect to an expression by Susan} you consecrate yourself unto The Lord through extended Prayer and Fasting and I also might add, "exercise the closeness of God through meditation".

If you want to make sure-You Do Not Miss God's Blessings; then you must "Practice His Presence", Listen for his instructions; to get a really good understanding, so you can, "Really Get It! Got It!

I think we can all agree that; a problem we as people have; is we don't always 'Get It'. Even though we profess to be believers in a source of  higher authority. After that being said, We're the same as those who Jesus lamented and/or proclaimed utterances about. When he said these words, "Oh, Yea of Little Faith"

However, I hasten to add, 'Little Faith" in Susan's words, "Doesn't mean small in amount, as we know it". Just Know-the Bible tells us we are given the same measure of faith. But one must do something with it, it is required that we take or exercise some action. This to cause an opportunity for growth.

Put another way, our measure of faith can be compared to muscles of the human body. If you look at two people, as they stand side-by-side both basically have the same capacity of muscles in their bodies. The difference may be that one of them may work and/or exercise to develop muscle mass. In order to get larger and stronger couple with endurance and stamina. While the other may make an effort to start but quickly stops. Thereby, no work, nor any exercising to develop muscle mass; which will cause them to have "Muscle Atrophy"-meaning, flab body appearance, no  muscle expansion or growth; remaining in a smaller weakened state-of being.

Plan Your Work-Work Your Plan
The same example can be attributed to our faith which is very similar to the muscles of the human body. The more we focus on;  and exercise our faith, then the stronger it will get. Lending itself to having more assurance and dependance on God's Truth,  His Character, His Nature, and His goodness-all to his Glory!

Only Put YourTrust In God...{Susan's Testimony-after hitting rock bottom personal and business}
A profound turning point in life is when you realize you have:
~Only One God To Turn To
~Only One God to Rely on
~Only One God to Help You
~Begin to Praise The One God -Who sees you through...Lifts you out of darkness and into the light


In Conclusion, Just know This: God Is He.. Whose "I AM", He Could be; He Would be; All That You Ever Need in Any Crisis!-in Life
So You No Longer need  to Consider, "Oh, Yea Of Little Faith" any more...
But Instead; You are becoming a stronger, growing "Faith with Muscles" person-the assurances for a Joy-Filled Life of great expectancy from God..Amen
Edited/structured by: Bishop Steve Braxton, Mentor, Life Coach, Author