Resetting Faith Expectations
Broken things are an opportunity to make something better than before. I have faith in this, I trust God… with my art. I now know that when something goes wrong—or differently than I planned—He will give me ideas to make it even better. But, I confess, that I can have a hard time with this in other parts of my life.
I know from Scripture that God uses everything for good which my mind understands, but my heart can falter. And I don’t even know I am slipping until Holy Spirit points it out.
I’ve discovered that I need to redefine faith in my life. I need to reset my expectations. I feel I need greater faith because I’m not seeing some prayers answered regarding my health and finances (I’m just being real here.). Greater faith means getting closer to God by hearing His Word.
Listen to Hebrews 11: 1–3 titled, The Power of Bold Faith (The Passion Translation):
11 Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. 2 This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. 3 Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.
Holy Spirit asked me to answer the question, “What does your faith look like?” I was surprised that it was a hard question to answer. So, I defined faith in my life. I felt around for the parameters of the box I had put my faith into—And was again surprised. I thought I had a lot of faith, but it turned out that I only had faith in certain areas like art.
I have faith in art-making, because I have failed so many times only to recreate the work and like it better. When I make a mistake, I ask God what to do. I invite Him into the work, and it becomes exceptionally better than before. His ideas are wiser than mine and He’s much more creative (Just saying.).
So today, I have opened my faith box up and I’ve let go of more limitations than ever before. I’ve pushed back the walls as far as I’m willing to go.
What does faith look like to me? It’s a warm blanket on a cold night. It’s a friend calling to say hello. It’s rejoicing in the suffering. Faith is a rejection of the devil and love for Jesus.
Faith is letting go and letting God. Scripture tells us, it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains.
My new faith expectation? I expect to move mountains.
Matthew 9:29, The Passion Translation (TPT): Then Jesus put his hands over their eyes and said, “You will have what your faith expects!” ♥
† By God’s grace.
Matthew 9:22 The Passion Translation (TPT)
22 Just then Jesus turned around and looked at her and said, “My daughter, be encouraged. Your faith has healed you.” And instantly she was healed!