What If My Faith Fails Me?

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{Guest Devotional by Ellen Williams}

…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT) 

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Have you ever attempted to encourage someone with what Christ has done in your life? 

Or maybe you speak His promises, that gave you hope during a dark time, only to find yourself in another trial that is testing those very promises you just proclaimed?

This has happened to me so many times that it scares me to the point it paralyzes me.  Instead of just releasing what God has placed on my heart, I weigh it. Questioning, at what cost do I share this? 

I’m scared my faith will fail when it’s put to another, bigger test. 

Lord, save me from myself…

It is I who constantly try to thwart God’s plans for my life, and lives of my loved ones, in fear of what God’s plan entails.

God’s words flow into me, and I literally breathe them in, knowing that my very life and the choices I make, deeply depend on them.  His Word flows into me with purpose, to not only fill me up but to overflow into the lives He has placed in my path. 

God’s life giving words were never meant to be contained within me, or even filtered through me. 

Yet I contain and filter them even though I know that I do so against His will.  I filter them because I doubt and fear I didn’t hear God correctly, or worry what I heard will be questioned, and what-if I don’t know how to answer those questions. 

I restrain God’s word in fear it will be tested for authenticity. 

Then I’m reminded, Jesus initiated my faith and will perfect my faith, so really worrying that my faith will fail, is worrying that He will fail. (tweet this)

My spirit knows God NEVER fails. 

And that come what may God is ALWAYS good and only allows what He can and will use for my good.  But my flesh puts my face on His and therefore sees failure as being inevitable.

As I was typing this, the truth written on my heart began to come alive and whisper: 
Faith comes from hearing, Ellen! Even when it’s your own voice speaking of My unfailing and unending love.  

Don’t be fearful that you will be tested through a trial, but trust you WILL BE and look forward to that testing, because it gives you a clear opportunity to SEE with the eyes of your flesh that God went ahead of you.  

And God knew what you would go through and those words you said to someone else were also meant for you, because He knew you would need them.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for opening my eyes to see that Your faithfulness is fully displayed when my authenticity is tested. Give me courage to believe and fully trust in the very simple fact that whatever happens today you knew of in advance. And because You knew, You have engraved Your truth on my heart and given me the Holy Spirit to help me recall that truth exactly when I need it.  Lord, I pray Your love rushes through me so swiftly that I could not possibly contain or filter it, in any way, no matter how much my flesh tries to. Amen

Ellen WilliamsEllen Williams says, she was a girl who became a teenage mom, who became a teenage wife, who was out to prove “I” could do it...and God let me…knowing “I” would fail but that He would pick me up, dust me off and give me a hug while gently whispering “Let’s keep going E, but this time follow ME”. She blogs about her walk with the One who saved her and the mess of life WE encounter at who is leading e

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