Human misery is too great for men to do without faith – Christian Johann Heinrich Heine
In this life, some things are made impossible to overcome or achieve, unless you have faith to believe in the impossibilities. Almost all things that are unseen, great, small, big; all of them require faith for us to accomplish, and manifest in our lives. Faith is the most important ingredient for our successes. Faith is the catalyst for things that look impossible in the beginning.
We all practice faith; we just don’t know about it. And we practice faith on daily basis. We go to bed in the night, and by faith we believe we will rise up in the morning and accomplish our plans we have made for that day. When we get sick, we go to the doctor, sometimes to the pharmacist hoping they will tell us what’s wrong and give us medication, or cure. By faith we believe we will be okay, and healed, but not until the doctor says, ‘this one needs a miracle,’ and then fear creeps in, and make our faith irrelevant. Therefore, we are now required to increase our faith in order to cope with the circumstances we are in.
Most companies, organizations, inventions, and et cetera, all of them started because someone or some people had faith enough to believe in something, and took action to make it happen, or to see it happen.
We all practice faith daily, sometimes without even knowing it. We live in uncertainty most of the time. In many cases we have got no choice but to live a life of faith; however we define it.
Napoleon Hill said, “Faith is the ‘external elixir’ which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought! Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches! Faith is the basis of all miracles and all mysteries which cannot be analyzed by the rules of science! Faith is the only antidote for failure!”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Just a couple of months ago, I think in October 2016, our government made some changes in their databases. Therefore, we were required to go and make some amendments, and update our Tax Identification information so that the new system and database could have correct data of all our current information in order to utilize well the government systems. Since they made the announcements, I was hesitated to go. I have been inactive with my personal business. Since I started it, I haven’t made any revenue, so I didn’t know what it was going to cost me in terms of paying taxes, fees, and penalties. And it’s not like I have been totally ignoring my business, but I have been working on the side to find a better direction, to find ways to generate revenue so that I could keep it active when opportunities open for us.
In the Bible in the book of 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 7, it says, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” We basically not just walk, but also live by faith.
So this week I said, ‘It’s time to stop being afraid. I don’t know how much they are going to ask me to pay; it’s going to be alright.’ The deadline to submit our updated information, or any amendment was yesterday. So, I had to go if I wanted to reinstate my business.
Bob Proctor said, “Faith and fear both demand you to believe in something you cannot see. You choose.”
And the thing I like about life is that, sometimes we get second chances to pursue our dreams, or dream again, improve our lives, or do things right. In October last year, instead of being afraid, I should have taken the government process as a sign that maybe God is telling me it’s time to get serious. Perhaps He is restoring dreams, businesses, ministries, and lives for those us who gave up before.
In the book of James chapter 2 verse 18, reading from New King James Version, the passage says “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
If we don’t put our faith into action, then it’s not really faith; it’s just wishes. For some of us, we are required to start believing again, and walk by faith, and not by sight.
There is this story called, “The Child who Brought an Open Umbrella for Prayer.” It tells that once upon a time this village was suffering from a severe drought. And because of that the crops were dying, and the villagers and their animals had very little water to drink. One day, as a process to find solution to drought, the village Priest managed to gather all people in this small village at the village square to pray together to God to send rain. He told them when they come to the prayer gathering it would be great if each of them would bring along a token of their faith, so that their prayers would be done in sincere faith. When they came, some brought Holy Bibles, while others carried small crosses as tokens of faith. And when time came, they gathered together, and they all started praying with great faith and hope. Sure enough, within a few moments it began to rain. The whole crowd was overjoyed and began to dance happily. While they were doing that the priest noticed that in the midst of the joyous crowd there was one young boy clutching an umbrella that he brought as a token of his faith. The priest was amazed of this little boy, because he brought an umbrella in total faith that God would surely hear his prayers and send rain.
In the Bible in the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6, it says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
We can learn from this story that God answers prayers, and He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. But also it reminds us that our faith requires action. We can have faith on our ideas, our dreams, but unless we walk and live by faith and take action towards our faith, they are going to remain just ideas and wishes. Myself, this week I was once again reminded of that. In order to acquire the success I want in my business, I need to prove my faith by my works. My faith will be a catalyst for my business success.
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