It's one, or the other. But, if we are honest, most of us live like 'it's one AND the other'; we believe a little, and doubt a little, and kinda sorta hope that things will work out at the end.
I won't even ask for a show of hands to see how many this is true for.
So, what is it then?
On September 16th, not so long ago, I came to the terrifying realization that I couldn't continue straddling the fence - either God's word was true, and I had to let faith and patience do their work (James 1:3,4), or we were never going to see lasting results in our lives.
I remember the day because it was the day before my husband's birthday, and I had just asked him to join me on a 40-day fast to fight against the same things we had already had numerous fasts over in the past - yet they were still plaguing our lives.
That day, a friend connected me to a Man of God. As was my M.O. I wanted prayer, deliverance, prophecy, Word of Knowledge, something! Something that somebody else saw and knew that I didn't, that they could speak, do over our lives to make struggles disappear.
Instead, this God-Man spoke the Word. He also prophesied which affirmed what the Lord had told us numerous times, but he mostly taught the truth of God's Love, God's Word, and the elevated position we now had in Jesus Christ as born-again Christians. He reminded me of our position, and power in God (Ephesians 1:17-23). He also emphasized that there are spiritual principles, and the need for practical application in our lives (Ephesians 6:10-18).
In summary, this is what he said, and has continued to say to me, since that day:
'Either the Word of God is true, or it is not. If it is, let faith and patience have their way as you continue to grow in the Word. If it is not, you might as well abandon the Christian life, and make your own plans to succeed in this world. But, you have to choose; you cannot live by faith, and unbelief at the same time.'
That day, on September 16th, on the eve of my husband's birthday, at a point where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of seeing us go around the same mountain for years, and watching us drag our children down with us, rather than choose to do what I had always done, without understanding, I chose a difficult path - to invest however long it would take, to learn the truth, and have faith in God's Word, so that me and mine could experience lasting peace, partnerships, and prosperity in our lives.
I called off the fast (I actually doubt that my husband was going to let me rope him into it), and instead, starting being a student of the Word. This meant that until I grew in understanding, my life may not show any immediate signs of change on the outside, but on the inside, I would be renewed in the inner man (2 Corinthians 4:16, Ephesians 4:23,24), and gradually, would mature in the things of the Lord (Hebrews 5:12-14), lacking nothing (James 1:2-4) - not because of a touch of a man or woman of God [I do respect, and believe that there is a place for that, as well as for fasting, and continue to be a grateful practitioner, and recipient of these graces] but, because I would have finally understood the principles, and applied the practices of the Kingdom of God, that activate and consistently deliver God's results in every area of our lives, to the glory of our God (3 John 1:2).
Not to say I have arrived, but my sister, I am pressing forward (Phillipians 3:12-15) and would like to share what the Holy Spirit continues to teach and reveal through His sons and daughters, and private fellowship, about how to have total life prosperity, in God (1Corinthians 2, John 14:16,17, 16:13-15).
1 John 5:4 KJV tells us:
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."
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