My $3 {Yard Sale} Faith

I wasn’t looking for it.
I almost missed it.
I’d passed it by earlier on my way to something better.
But there it was buried among the knickknacks and Tupperware and mismatched linens.
I picked it up and saw it was only $3. Priceless.

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I Found Faith at a Yard Sale

When she saw I had her “Faith” she tried to explain.
“I really feel bad to sell my Faith,” she said. “It just doesn’t seem right.”
“I really, really need your Faith,” I replied.
“Good.” She smiled. “I’m glad you found it.”
You see, I’ve been a little low on faith lately.

I didn’t know it. I couldn’t see it.
I’ve been too busy trying to construct my manageable life. You know—the one that’s predictable and bears the illusion that I am in control.

Epic fail.

But in a crisis, He helped me see it and invited me to trust Him through it.
He showed me that my faith was weak. He showed me that I’d been focused on my circumstances and storms and what I thought I could do to manage and control it all.
He showed me that my greatest need was to keep my eyes on Him.
He showed me that I needed to replace my thoughts, my words, and my illusions with His Truth.

So I’ve been digging into His Word and re-focusing on Christ—the trustworthy object of my faith.

We are transformed in the truest sense by the renewing of our mind, not our wills (see Rom. 12:1-2). Jesus said that freedom comes through knowing the truth, before doing anything (see John 8:32). The truth that serves as the object and foundation of a Spirit-filled life is (1) the Holy Spirit indwells you, (2) He is the life of Christ in you, and (3) He is willing and able to produce the character of Christ through you. (Charles Stanley)

Here are a few things I’ve learned in the past few weeks:**

    • Faith raises us above our circumstances.
    • Faith enables us to be content even when life doesn’t make sense.
    • Faith keeps us strong even when we’re assailed by agonizing thoughts about what might happen or by what has happened.
    • Faith is believing God is true to His Word when my feelings are screaming something different.
    • Faith is a certain belief in what I know to be true but cannot, at the moment, feel or touch.
    • Faith is completing my small part of the picture/puzzle without being able to see the finished product.
    • Faith is believing that God will do as He has promised.

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I always love hearing from you so leave a comment and tell me about your faith.

**I’ve been encouraged by several books the last few weeks. Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow and The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley.

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