Declaration: We never lost faith

Posted 11/19/21

In the face of today’s challenges, deep down inside we declare that we never lost faith. Did faith get weak, and could we sometimes barely see our way? Yes. But we also knew and know that God …

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Declaration: We never lost faith

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In the face of today’s challenges, deep down inside we declare that we never lost faith. Did faith get weak, and could we sometimes barely see our way? Yes. But we also knew and know that God will make a way somehow. In the midst of it all, we proclaim our trust in the Lord. Alleluia!

Yes, there have been some tough and unpredictable times, but throughout the many despairing situations, we never lost faith. That’s a testimonial to God’s grace and provisions.

“In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed. Deliver me in Your righteousness” (Psalm 31:1). We declare that our trust is in the Lord, we are not ashamed to call on the Lord, and He will deliver by His righteousness. Storms have no respecter of persons; however, choose the Lord, not destructive coping mechanisms.

What always somehow shows up? Strength. Here comes joy with accompanying strength, and we are supplied with just a little more strength for another day. We have found ourselves lifting our hands singing, “In spite of it all, I have the victory!” Joy prompts a smile — even under a mask. The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

So in the darkest seasons, what else shows up? Memories. Memories of God’s goodness boosts faith. We remember past prayers, large and small, that were finally answered, so we keep it moving, chasing resilience and never losing faith.

Truth be told, our sense of security and safety is often threatened by challenges; however, we must approach situations from a position of stability called faith. The power of God keeps us moving forward.

Clearly, faith is not a false sense of reality. As stated, faith is not denying what is but accepting what is; faith is believing that God, with His divine intervention, will alter what is. Amen?

And so, we affirm that our faith is strong. Family, continue to view problems from a never-quitting perspective. Rise up and shine as lights in a dark world (Matthew 5:14). Never, ever lose faith.

Good old-fashioned advice: Continue to get up and show up, and watch God show out.

Prayer: Redeemer, our faith looks up to Thee. Thanks for strong faith that has developed slowly from exhausting struggles. Sometimes, we’ve taken leaps of faith. More often, it’s putting one foot in front of the other. We surrender our pain and anger. We surrender all. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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