A Letter to a Father about Faith

As I write this letter listening to J Moss’s song titled “Faith,” my mind reflects back to hearing this song thinking to myself I like this song. I never believed it. Can you imagine that, a believer who doesn’t believe? I know that you are wondering how you can be a believer. Allow me to go further. Yes, I believe that Jesus died for my sins and got up with all power in his hand. I still believe that today. The problem was I didn’t believe in the finished works of Jesus Christ. Now I must admit I had no idea that I didn’t believe until I had an encounter with the Holy Spirit.
You see everyone would like to think of themselves as a pleasant or kind person. I thought it doesn’t hurt to be nice and that’s all good and well until someone would make me mad. I would get so upset and raise my voice and immediately after I would feel horrible. I would cry because I didn’t like to fight, I didn’t want to argue, but I would still react that way. One day I got into the shower, and I began to pray and talk to God and really ask him to teach me the keys of the kingdom of heaven. I also remember crying asking God why do I react this way knowing it makes me feel so sorry afterward. If I can be fully transparent, I remember crying and praying until I had no words left, and all I can do was groan. I’m not sharing this with you to tell you what to do or how you should pray but expose the desire I had in me to change. The answer came to me, and it was something I didn’t want to hear. The answer to my question was because I don’t believe.
I thought what every Christian would think. God, I do believe. The answer was no you don’t because if you did believe you wouldn’t respond or react that way. The revelation I received was that if you don’t even believe in yourself so how do you expect someone else to believe in you and how can you believe God.
I know it was shocking to me also. In the book of Ephesians chapter 2 verse 8 and it reads: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” This particular verse is letting us know that it is by the grace of God that we are saved, and it is nothing that we do or will ever do to qualify us, but it is done by faith or your belief in the grace of God for your salvation. Most Christians believe that God died for their sins, but often Christians choose to live under the law, not grace. There are some people who believe that if I do this right God will bless me or if I behave this way then God would bless me. No that’s not how God works let me explain further.
In the book of Galatians chapter 2 verse 16, it talks about the law and faith. “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. Even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
This verse says we believe IN Jesus Christ so that we can be justified by the faith OF Jesus Christ and not by works of the Law.
As I begin to read my word God gave me so much revelation about obtaining the keys of the Kingdom of God. You see I wanted to change, and the first thing God had to correct was my unbelief. As a believer in Christ, you must have faith at all times under all circumstances. The verse I’m about to show you slapped in my face when I read it, and I am going to give it to you from the amplified version of the bible so that you can understand the importance of faith. This verse comes from the book of Hebrews chapter 10 verse 38: “But My righteous one [the one justified by faith] shall live by faith [respecting man’s relationship to God and trusting Him];
And if he draws back [shrinking in fear], my soul has no delight in him.” As a believer, the only way to live is by Faith. God is pleased when we trust him and only him. The questions that come to mind as I write this letter is why not believe in the creator? Why not believe that all things are working for your good? Why not trust the Holy Spirit to change you completely and restore you back to your original intent? These are the questions that come to mind.
I know you’ve probably heard the saying “trust the process,” but I would go even further to say why not trust the God of the process.
In Matthew chapter 14 verses 22-33 it talks about Jesus walking on water and one of his disciples wanted to walk on water as well, and so Jesus granted him what he asked, but let’s see what happens in verse 30-31. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” In this particular verse, Jesus is telling Peter “O thou of little faith” meaning o thou of short-lived faith, not small faith. Peter faith was short-lived, and what happened in the story of Peter walking on water, he began to sink, but Jesus saved him. This particular verse lets me know that my faith in God should be unwavering and fervent always expecting the best from God.
The revelation of Faith I know have found in the book of Romans Chapter 1 verse 17, and it reads: “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “The just and upright shall live by faith.” (AMP)
The reason I write to you is that I don’t want you to walk around in unbelief anymore. You have to believe in the finished works of Jesus Christ and his redemptive power. I know some may be wondering what it this finished works of Jesus Christ. The first thing you must believe is in what Jesus said on the Cross just before his spirit left his body and the words he said was “It is finished.” What is finished? Everything you need in God. Forgiveness, grace, mercy, sins debt paid in full, wealth, love, joy, patience, sound mind, righteousness, perfect, success, longsuffering, forbearance, temperament, healing, and wholeness. I could go on and on, but all of these things are in Christ Jesus, and when you gave your life over to him this is the exchange. You gave him your life, and he gives you his character and nature, but the question is, do you believe? I will let you in on a little secret; there is a way to know if you believe in the finished works of Jesus and it is proven by the way we react to circumstances. For example, if you believe that God is omnipresent would you go off on that annoying coworker? If you believe God was in the bedroom would you lay in bed with him or her? If you believe God could hear your conversation would you be gossiping? If you believe all things are working for your good would you get mad and yell at others or would you be angry and sin not? I am giving you the real reality check that I had to give myself. I’m not ashamed of where God is taking me. I don’t care what it takes to get me to the will of God for my life. All I ask is for God to give me the capacity to receive on the level that he wants to give. Can this be your pray also? Will you believe?

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