3 Ways to Grow in Faith by Jill Monaco

I want to have faith like Abraham. 

But when life is hard … kids are crying … bills are due … you haven’t showered in days … faith is the last thing you are thinking about! 

Even though Abraham is known as a great man of faith, he failed many, many times! I love that part of his story because it gives me hope that I can be a woman of faith despite my failures in seasons of discouragement or doubt. 

One verse on faith I don’t particularly like is found in Hebrews 11:4 “But faith is the assurance of all things hoped for but not seen.” I think the part I want to change is the part that says “not seen.” I want it to say, all things hoped for that will be seen soon!

As a life coach for single women, I like to ask questions that reveal what is going on in the heart. Because life is so busy they tend to overlook their own needs for the needs of others. When the heart is ignored, it can become hurt and betray itself. I think that’s why the Bible says the heart is deceitful. Because it reveals something is going on but not its not always the truth. When we find out what we believe in our hearts, we can defeat lies we believe in our minds and embrace truth in our spirits. When we know the truth it will set us free. 

But we must have faith that God is in the midst of our messy lives. 

When I remember what Abraham had to go through one thing that always stands out to me is that he didn’t give up believing God, no matter how bad things looked. He believed in the Promise Maker even when he couldn’t understand how the promise itself would come to pass.  I think that is why he is an example of great faith. 

Abraham persevered in:

Trust

Romans 4:20 says, “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God. Fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” 

Abraham was 100 years old and was believing for God to fulfill His promise. In his weakness he still trusted God (“no distrust”) and didn’t doubt (“convinced”). He knew God was able to do what He promised. I think that somewhere in his life he plain out KNEW God! As I grow in knowing God I grow stronger in believing in His promises even when I don’t see it. I don’t grow more convinced of the promise of God, but more convinced of God is who He says He is! The promise isn’t the important part. God is the important part.

Righteousness 

Romans 4:3 says, “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 

Aren’t you glad it doesn’t matter what you DO? I praise God that He doesn’t give to me because I am good. I am reminded that my righteous relationship with God (because of Jesus) brings glory to God. Not my works or perfect execution of service or tasks. 

Hope

Romans 4:18, “In hope he believed against all hope.”

Abraham couldn’t see the way the promise would play out. But, he believed! I don’t know about you, but when I believe something, even if I can’t see it … supernaturally that belief (faith) bears the fruit of hope. Hope drives out everything that comes against it. Faith fueled by hope is the reason single moms are so strong. They have to have enough hope for the littles that count on them.

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God is pleased with you. Faith as small as a mustard seed is just looking up to heaven with a sigh. 

He has faith in you. 

 

jill-monacoJill Monaco is an author, speaker and life coach. As the Founder and CEO of Jill Monaco Ministries, a 501c3 non profit that publishes the online magazine SingleMatters.com. She is also the creator of the interactive coaching program for singles From Looking To Loving: Find the Breakthrough You Need So You Can Have The Relationship You Want. She  developed the Freedom Coach Model and loves helping people find freedom and purpose so they can live a life they love. As a teacher and speaker, Jill is known for captivating audiences with her high-energy, humorous approach to life’s serious issues. You can learn more about Jill at www.jillmonaco.com

tlsmfinal-smallThe Life of a Single Mom Ministries is a global nonprofit committed to seeing no single mom walk alone. Having served more than 46,000 single mothers and 1,500 churches, the goal of the organization is establish support groups for single mothers in cities around the world, while also empowering single moms to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially, and parentally. For more information, visitwww.thelifeofasinglemom.com

 

2017-01-16T16:32:28+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Jill Monaco|0 Comments

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