You holding your phone and being convinced that it won’t explode in your hand; that’s faith. Sitting in your chair at work and not even considering it may break; that’s faith. Driving down the highway in your car to work convinced that you will get there safely; that’s faith.
Everyone has faith. There’s not a human being that does not have faith.
Faith is the conviction that something is possible. (Hope is the expectation that it will happen). It is not a genetic mutation that only a select few are predisposed to receive. If you believe that a thing is possible, then you are exercising faith.
Faith is a Muscle
Muscles have to be exercised or else they lose strength.
A self-proclaimed atheist once told me that he didn’t have any faith. That I was somehow better than him because he was born without it. I pointed to a science exhibit we were both observing about the human body. Reading the labels, I told him that just like everybody has the muscular system, every human also has faith.
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.Romans 12:3 (NIV)
Faith has been given by God to every human. The only difference is how much we have individually and intentionally strengthened our own. No one is superior because they have it. We all do! Because He’s good, it would be improper for him to have an issue with humans that don’t have the ability to believe in Him.
In your muscles lie the ability to perform every action well. In your faith lies the ability to believe that all things are possible.
The harder something is, the more faith it requires. The more it requires you to recall to your memory what things you believe are possible. This is no different than the struggle between walking to your car and running a mile. Your body can do both, but how you’ve exercised and prepared will determine the ease of completing that task.
If what you’re facing seems to be too difficult for you to believe otherwise, and you don’t like the options reality is presenting, try this faith exercise. Say this out loud.
“I believe the ground I’m standing on is solid. I believe that I will eat tomorrow as I did yesterday. I believe that [insert challenging feat here].”A Faith Exercise by Marcus Battle
That might have been tough to do, but don’t you feel the strength from declaring what’s possible?