This post is long overdue, but every time I picked a date for it, I was unable to post on that day. So here it is.
As I mentioned before, I had been struggling to keep my faith alive for months until recently and it took a revival in my spiritual life for me to figure out why.
And the reason is frighteningly simple.
James 2:26 (King James Version): "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
So... yes... works is necessary. Not to get into heaven, but simply to keep your faith alive and thriving.
Does that mean that I could have saved my faith months ago by giving money to beggars in the street? ... Not necessarily. Because I haven't been called to give money to beggars in the streets.
I've been called to help the kids in my church's youth. To help the "newly" converted find their feet. To use my voice to praise Him.
In the past year, I for all intents and purposes was blocked in every way I tried to do the two former works I'd been called to do. And the latter... well, made me feel hollow. Because it's a bit hard to focus on praising when there's always someone trying to pull me down whenever I refuse to conform to their standards.
So yeah... I spent a year basically unable to do what I was meant to do and that knocked my faith down. Badly.
That changed a few weeks ago when a new youth pastor arrived. Although I'm sensing resistance yet again, I now see it coming, so I'm going to fight it with everything I have. And if that fails, I'll go around. But what I won't do is lay back down, because it's so not worth the aggravation caused by choking faith.
The fact is, my faith coming alive changed my life again, because I got the opportunity to serve under one of the three choir women most intent on bringing me down, and because I did it in a nice way, a peace seems to have been declared. So now I'm actually enjoying the choir again.
And I joined the Youth Band.
And I'm more actively involved in helping the youth.
My faith is thriving.
Does your faith have purpose? When you're young in the faith, your purpose is to learn as much as you can. After that, you'll probably discovered what you've been called to do. Is something keeping you from doing it? Are you/your doubts holding you back? Is there something you can do about it? Pray? Change your outlook? Move through your doubt?
I hope this gives you some help and answers, and if you want/need some prayers, please feel free to let me know.
Have a blessed weekend!