I don’t know about you, but I’ve always struggled a little with the whole concept of faith.
We’re told that we must have faith. (Without faith it is impossible to please God…) We’ve heard of weak faith and a lack of faith. We’re told that we need to have more faith but how? Where does it come from? How do you get it? And if you have a little, how do you get more?
If this has confused you like it has me, read on, because I’ve finally gained clarity around this issue of faith!
Here’s the deal: You can’t get more faith. You have all the faith you need. Faith is one of your faculties like Strength, Love and Wisdom and it just needs to be exercised.
Faith is your consciousness. The endless stream of thoughts that flood your mind day in and day out come from your Faith faculty. You might think of Faith as your habitual way of thinking or a stream of thoughts.
If you will notice those thoughts, you will find that your life is an objectified reflection of that stream of thought.
Hebrews 11:1 states: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What you choose to allow to flow in the stream of thought manifests as your substance or your life experience.
Your stream of thought really indicates what you believe in. Your experience and what manifests in your life is a product of that thought stream, therefore faith is the substance of what you hope.
As your faith becomes aware of the Christ consciousness and deeper truth, you can allow greater thoughts into the stream because Christ consciousness is the awareness that with God, nothing is impossible. Christ consciousness knows “Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened”. Christ awareness knows “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. Christ consciousness acknowledges “Anything you ask in my name believing it will be done”.
Observe your thoughts. Are they in alignment with Christ consciousness?
It’s quite easy to tell. Any thought that is in agreement with the idea of God providing all you could ever ask or think is in alignment with Christ consciousness.
Any thought that is rooted in scarcity, lack, limitation, doubt or fear, is not of God, nor is it in alignment with Christ consciousness.
So what do you do with those limiting thoughts?
First of all, recognize that your habitual way of thinking is your Faith. And YOU get to choose what it is!!!
This is important. You say you believe in God, you say that you believe in God’s provision, God’s will for your life, God answering prayers, and so on. But never mind what you say. Notice that stream of thoughts.
If you’re noticing thoughts of doubt that God will provide, that he’ll answer your prayers, that you’ll ever know God’s will for your life, – that’s your Faith.
Choose now what your Faith is. Do you really want to have great Faith?
You see, great Faith is Faith that has come into awareness of Christ consciousness. It is Faith that is taking on the thought stream of Christ consciousness.
When Jesus said follow me, he meant that we should be like him. Like him in Faith. Like him in Christ consciousness. Your habitual way of thinking, your thought stream should be a stream of Christ thoughts.
That’s something that anyone can do if they so choose.
A great place to start might be to just consider some of the promises of God that I’ve already mentioned here.
Compare your current thought stream to how it would be if you really believed those promises. If you really believed that God would give you the kingdom, would you doubt that God would speak to you? Provide for you? NO!
If you really believed God would provide, would you doubt you’d ever find a better job? A soul mate? NO!
Observe your thought stream. That is your Faith. According to your Faith be it unto you. As a man thinketh so is he.
You cannot receive or achieve anything beyond or outside your Faith.
If you’re unhappy with your relationship with God, stop thinking about being unworthy of hearing God’s voice. Stop thinking “I’m just a terrible sinner who deserves eternal damnation”. Stop thinking about dying and going to hell. Stop thinking that you have no idea how to connect with or please God. Stop thinking that you don’t have enough Faith.
These thoughts are your Faith and become your reality.
If you’re dissatisfied with your relationships, stop thinking that you’ll never find the right person. Stop thinking “I’m unlovable”. Stop thinking that no one is good enough, right enough, kind enough or crazy enough to marry you. Stop thinking about having no friends, always having abusive relationships and people always taking advantage of you.
These thoughts are your Faith and define your relationships.
If you’re hating your job, stop thinking about how bad it is. Stop thinking that you’re boss is a jerk. Stop thinking that you have no options. Stop thinking that the company is just a bad place to work. Stop thinking that no one else is hiring. Stop thinking that “I’m not smart enough, educated enough, to find a new job”.
These thoughts are your Faith around your job and according to your Faith, so it is.
If you’re distressed about your finances, stop thinking about lacking money. Stop thinking about debt. Stop thinking that you’ll never have enough money. Stop thinking that your paycheck is pathetic. Stop thinking that your bills are always more than your income. Stop thinking “Money doesn’t grow on trees”. Stop thinking rich people are bad or have gotten their money unethically.
These thoughts are your Faith about your finances and therefore your bank account reflects shortage, lack and scarcity.
If your health is failing, stop thinking about being sick. Stop thinking about all what type of disease that new pain might be. Stop thinking that you might have cancer or any other illness. Stop thinking that “It’s tough to get old”. Stop thinking that the body ages and falls apart and that sickness is the norm.
These thoughts in your stream are your Faith and become your experience.
By now you’ve got the picture and you’ve probably realized some of the thoughts you have and the effect your Faith is having in your life.
Does this resonate with you?
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