When I began The Faith Project I had no idea where the adventure would lead me. In the first post of the year, I shared two basic commandments for the year:
- To grow in faith and love for God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; with a desire to be completely devoted to Him in heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- To grow in the living out of my faith-filled love for God by loving others.
We’re halfway… Seriously, can you believe it?!
So far, you’ve joined me as I explored:
1. Freedom – to know that through Jesus I’m completely forgiven.
Freedom, real freedom in Christ Jesus, is an amazing gift from God . . . one to wholeheartedly embrace 24/7.
Living in that freedom means rejecting the enemy when he challenges me with old guilts, celebrating God’s grace and mercy, and sharing it by loving and forgiving others the way I’ve been loved and forgiven.
I am learning to resist the enemy when he challenges me with the past and I’m intentionally celebrating the blessing of the freedom I enjoy through Jesus.
We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law. Galatians 5:1
2. Love – to reach out through acts of service and share God’s love with others.
Learning about God’s love is easy. Learning to love like Jesus . . . that’s harder. Digging into loving difficult people, strangers, or the people who confront me, that’s hardest.
I’m so thankful for God’s faithful forgiveness when I fail to love well and for the blessing of opportunities to try again tomorrow. I want to love better even when it’s hard.
Love is not a warm fuzzy feeling, but participation in God’s activity on earth.
“Love God and He will enable you to love others even when they disappoint you.” ~Francine Rivers
3. Wisdom – to dig deep into God’s Word and commit more of it to memory.
God wants you and me to be faithful and wise, loving and obedient. He wants us to trust and obey, to seek truth and to be still in His presence. Because He knows those are the things that will make us happy. Without them, well . . . it’s harder. No. Scratch that. It’s almost impossible.
I will continue to spend time with the Lord and ask Him for wisdom. I want to get better at memorizing His Word . . . and will continue focusing on that in the weeks ahead.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. Proverbs 3:18
4. Prayer – to spend more time with God in intentional conversation.
Three things I learned digging deep into prayer:
#1 JUST PRAY! The more I have made prayer my focus, not reading about it or talking about it but actually doing it . . . the more I’ve looked forward to spending time in prayer.
#2 Be yourself! God hears every prayer. He knows your heart and mine. He loves us and wants to spend personal time with us.
#3 Trust Him! Pray in His will. Pray for His will to be done. You and I can trust Him. He sees the beginning from the end. He wants and knows how to accomplish what is best in out lives.
I don’t think I will ever feel like I spend enough time in prayer. That “pray without ceasing” thing. I want that!
“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude — an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.” ~Arthur Pink
5. Humility – to focus on who God is, His holiness and His character and why I need Him.
I think humility has been my favorite so far. I had a very limited view of what it means to live out humility before that month of study. I’m still working to apply all I’ve learned.
You can learn more about that here… 10 of the Most Important Things I Learned and You Need to Know about Humility.
The #1 thing I learned about humility…
Humble people don’t think they’re humble.
6. Patience – to learn more and better understand the act of waiting on God.
This month has been the hardest so far. I shouldn’t be surprised. Patience is hard and I think I’ve had mine challenged in every possible way. Whew! I’ll admit, I’m glad this month is over.
I will never practice perfect patience and living in this sinful world needs patience. So, with God’s help I’ll take it one day at a time and ask God to strengthen me and give me all I need to follow where He leads me and wait when He asks. Because…
Living outside of God’s will and timing is never a plan for long-term peace and joy.
6 Months Into the Faith Project
This has been more of an adventure than I imagined.
As I hoped, my faith has grown. I’ve learned so much especially in the areas of freedom, wisdom, and humility.
I’ve learned I need more patience—NOW.
I’ve learned every aspect of my faith begins vertically and is then lived out horizontally.
My faith is growing. The living out of my faith . . . whew, is being challenged.
So, I think The Faith Project is exactly what I hoped it would be and I can’t wait to see what the next six months will bring. I hope you’ll stick with me as we dig deep into:
Stillness – to listen for His voice and know His will.
Goodness – to obey God’s daily will for my life.
Peace – to commit to completely trusting God’s will for me.
Worship – to focus on praise and worship – remembering it’s not about me.
Gratitude – to thank God for countless perfectly chosen blessings.
Joy – to take delight in Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us.
Meanwhile, I’ll take a stand with Rev. Charles Kingsley, and say…
“I do not want merely to possess a faith, I want a faith that possesses me.”
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