Feed Your Faith (Boot Camp for Creators & Dreamers #4)

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Got faith? Of course you do! But are you careful to feed your faith? To help it grow stronger? Unlike little babies, spiritual faith won’t cry when its hungry. So you need to remember to give it regular feedings, even if you don’t think these feedings are necessary.

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So, what food should you consume?  The “bread of life” — which is the Word of God! (See John 1:1 and 6:35)

“Blessed is the person who … delights in the teachings of the LORD and reflects on His teachings day and night. He is like a tree … that produces fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither. He succeeds in everything he does.” (Psalm 1:1-3 GW) How’s that for building strong faith?

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105 NLT)

Yeah, and what’s my faith gonna look like when it gets bigger? Relax. Your faith isn’t like “The Blob” or those alien pea pods in the sci-fi flick Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Fully developed, your faith will look like … well, what do your hopes and dreams look like? We ask because “…Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 KJB)

Reading God’s definition of faith helps us understand why having faith (and feeding it regularly) is essential in the pursuit of dreams and goals: faith allows us to “see” the finish line — long before we get there — encouraging us to stay on track and not give up, even when (to our physical eyes) our circumstances and chances begin to look bleak.

Whether we’re expressing our creativity, or chasing our dreams, or just coping with life, the Apostle Paul admonishes us to “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) When we do this, we stop focusing on the situation or the problem, while keeping our spiritual eyes on God the Problem-solver, who is able “to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)

Faith can strengthen and equip us in many ways. We’ll discuss several in future Boot Camp sessions. For now, however, we submit the following:

Faith can feed your dreams and nurture the vision. It fuels the flames of hope, enabling you to believe in what would otherwise seem impossible. And during the midnight hour, in the barren wilderness of despair, when your “impossible dream” seems to be getting further away than ever and you’re tempted to believe all is lost, faith can reassure and sustain you for the long haul. As Corrie Ten Boom wrote, “Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.”

Do you have an “impossible dream”? Are you wrestling with the creative process or struggling to succeed? Are you dealing with a bad situation or facing an uncertain future? Feed your faith and your dreams. Read the Word. Accept its truth. Own its promises. Fully expect to see God’s favor, blessings, and the fulfillment of the vision.

Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval.” (2 Timothy 3:16 GW)

More Boot Camp for Creators & Dreamers next Thursday.

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Got Dreams? Got Faith? (Boot Camp for Creators & Dreamers #3)

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We’ve all heard it at one time or another. When we meet a seemingly insurmountable obstacle or suffer a bitter defeat, when things seem to be taking forever or our best-laid plans suddenly fall to pieces, some well-meaning optimist will say, “Keep the faith.” This is actually sound advice, not only for moody creative types, but also for anyone struggling to achieve a heartfelt goal or fulfill the dream of a lifetime. But you can’t keep what you don’t already possess.

Got faith? Actually, we all have faith — in something. Many of us have faith in our own flawed characters, strength, and abilities. What a let down this kind of faith must be, as we continue to make mistakes and come up short again and again. After all, that’s what humans do, and that’s why it’s important to have faith in One greater than ourselves.

Spiritual faith is what it takes for the long haul. But where on earth (pun intended) does it come from? Unfortunately you can’t grab it at Walmart or order a monthly supply from Amazon. No, faith in God comes from one place only. Um, God! In fact, He endowed each of us with this faith when He created us. How else could we ever put our trust in Him, or believe in anything?

We've been expecting you!
We’ve been expecting you!

Babies have faith the moment they’re born. How else could they survive the shock of coming into this strange new world, gazing up at the doctor and seeing for the first time someone who appears to be trying to hide behind a mask — as though anonymity were the best way to cover up their latest foul deeds? And why else would babies cry when they’re hungry, or want the squeaky toy daddy’s playing with? What makes them believe they’ll get either? Because, by faith, they already know mummy will take care of their needs.

Yes, we all come fully equipped to pursue our dreams. In His wisdom, “God has allotted to each [man, woman and child] a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3 NASB) A “measure” is a good starting point, but — because the harder things get, the more faith we need — it’s important to increase and strengthen our faith; to make it grow big and strong by FEEDING IT.

Spiritual faith only thrives on one kind of food, the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. As we devour the Word, our own faith in God’s goodness and His ability to fulfill His promises will grow — betterfasterstronger.

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“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 NKJV)

Okay, spiritual food to feed spiritual faith. But is this food both tasty and nutritious? Judge for yourself: “How sweet are Your Words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103 NASB)

“The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Mathew 4:4 NLT)

To be continued…. Tune in on Friday, for “Feeding Your Faith”

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