“My faith just doesn’t seem to be working.”
Have you ever thought that? Have you ever wondered where you are missing it as you watch people slay their giants left, right and centre, but your giant is still breathing down your neck? And it’s not like you’re not trying. You are praying and declaring and standing and believing, but it just doesn’t seem to work.
About ten years ago, I found myself in that place. Tired of constantly fighting, but unable to get my giant to move just one inch to the side. If I did manage to get him to move a little, it was only temporary. He would soon be back in position tormenting me.
I would read Psalm 103, where David lists all the benefits of being on God’s side. I would read it and think, alright, I am forgiven, but where is my healing? Where is my deliverance? Where is my provision? Why am I not feeling like my youth is being renewed?
Is there something wrong with ME?
On the verge of giving up on the good fight of faith (that honestly, wasn’t feeling that good) I went to the cinema one rainy afternoon in 2010 and as I watched the movie Tangled, everything started to click into place. I started realising that I had been occupied with the wrong story. There was a bigger reality at play. A spiritual battle, that I was ill equipped for and even though I had done all the right things, my actions were rendered powerless, because my faith wasn’t activated.
Galatians 5:6 in the Amplified Classic Edition says that our faith is activated, energized and it works through love. I have discovered that this is more than me just doing things out of a motivation of love, but actually requires me to be filled with the love of God, Himself.
My faith wasn’t working, because I didn’t have a revelation of the One who was backing up my faith-actions. Things changed dramatically for me when I saw the face of my Father in the animated face of King Frederic. I saw love. I saw compassion. I saw grief. I saw a God whose heart was moved. A God who wasn’t indifferent or distant. A God who loved me deeply. It activated my faith.
David wasn’t intimidated by the giant in front of him, because he knew whose shadow he was standing under. He had an intimate friendship with the creator of the universe, and so can we. Sometimes we need to put down our sling and stone and go and sit in the shadow of the Almighty. That is where we are safe and secure. No giant will dare to be seen under that shadow.
When we are filled with love, we are filled with power. That is why we have to make sure that we are standing under the proper shadow. When we are constantly dwelling on the giant, we are standing under the wrong shadow. When we are dwelling on the faithfulness of God, on His promises, on the testimonies of His awesome power, but most of all, on His love for us, we are empowered to believe from the heart and not just the mind. When we hear His voice as He speaks over us, as He delights and sings over us, we can rise up and say: “What could ever separate me from the love of God?!”
All things become possible, because the power in us will be released and our giant will fall. It is after all, through His power in us, that He does exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can hope for, dream or imagine.
So, beautiful friend, put down your sling and stone. Go and sit under the shadow of the Almighty and let Him show you how much He loves you. For He really, really does love you, with a love that is not like any love you have ever experienced on this earth.
Make this your declaration:
God loves me. His love is activating and energising my faith. He is doing far above what I can dream or imagine, according to His power that is at work in me.
Thank you for your faithfulness and your heart towards us. You do not delight in our sufferings but are grieved by our heartaches. You also want to see our giants fall.
Help us to draw near to you and hear the words that you are speaking over our hearts. Activate our faith with your love. May we become people who are deeply rooted and securely grounded in your love, so that nothing can shake us. May we become bodies that are flooded with your love. Full of faith and power that moves mountains.
In Jesus Name
Today, I hear the Father saying: “Valiant One. My Faithful One. Do not be intimidated by the giant in front of you. I am so much greater and I am with you. In my presence you are untouchable. Stay. Abide. Listen, as I speak my words of grace, love and power over you. Fear has to go. Doubt will flee. Darkness cannot overpower the light. Remain in me, in my Word and in my presence. You are always welcome and dearly loved.” ❤
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