Faith Remembering~ 21 days -In His Word 1-12-21

 This Devotional was written in January of 2006. This week our pastor Joe Skiles spoke on Make Room for Faith! I thought this was perfect to add in to a 21 days of devos for this year!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

Oh wow, we have a whole year ahead of us still, so much can go wrong it in! How can we keep up with all the things we have to do, the goals set, the ideals we have placed before us?  

Lets look—In His Word!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:16-17

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.    Romans 1:11-12                  


Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.        Romans 14:22-23


But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:  "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin."                             Romans 4:5-8


Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.                                                                                                                   Philippians 3:12-16


Some people are already overwhelmed with the plans they have for the year ahead. Even if it is laid out befor them in organized fashion they do not know where to start. It reminds me of cleaning one of my kids rooms when he had been sick.

As a small child my mother used to clean our rooms when we had a flu or cold and had to stay in bed. While we were asleep she would slip in and totally clean and I am sure disinfect our room. I recall waking to roses in a vase on my dresser as a child. The smell of freshness filling the room and not a speck of dust to be seen. 

Being one of those moms who is blessed to stay home with her children, I also have tried to do this. When my child was sleeping, no not in the same room, unfortunately I am not as quiet as my mother was! The child was on the couch, where he had zonked out with fever. I entered the room with garbage bag in hand, and ready to pick up a few items… little did I know a hurricane had hit in this child’s room and I could barely get in the door!

When this happened I had no idea as I knew it was clean just last week!

So I stool there wondering, where do I begin? How do I get through this mess? Is it even possible? There is so little space to put all these toys and papers and books…. How can I do it? 

Looking back on this situation I remember that I just dove in and began removing trash papers first. Then looked for water glasses, then certain toys etc etc.

In other words I tackled it one step at a time.

That is how we can tackle any situation that the enemy throws at us!

We take the time to do things step by step, we press on towards the goal!

I had to have faith to get through that battle of the mess, just as we have to have faith to get through the trials of the year to come!

F-Forgiving, forgetting the things which are behind us.

I could have been mad, and I probably was! I could have said forget it this kid could clean his room when he got better himself! But I didn’t. I chose to forgive his messiness and forget the past.

I could have allowed myself to stress over the mess, instead I chose to bless my child with freshness and a clean room. That is how God is, when we allow Him to cleans us, and refresh us with His Word, He can encourage us and help us to grow stronger!  If my child were stronger at the moment I would have made him do it himself, but when he was weak, I was strong and could clean for him. God does that too, but we have to allow Him to. When we are weak He will be strong for us if we allow Him to be, and have faith in Him!

A- Allowing God to do something

I stepped in when he could not do it. As I cleaned I prayed for him as well. My focus was not on myself but on the child, and how excited he would be when he found his room was clean! I also thought of how much easier it would be to heal in a clean room 

Remember 'faith without works is dead'. We have to show that we have faith by stepping out into it.


I -Involved-Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, Faith is a doing thing, we have to step out into it at times! It takes involvement on our part met with trust in God!

As I cleaned his room, I knew I was working against time. I only had so many minutes until he would wake up and be ready to go back to his room. I needed to get it done now! I had to trust God to help me complete the task at hand. At times we have to trust God to do what He said, even when it looks like an impossible thing to do!

 T-Trusting God to do what He said

I had to have hope! I had to hope for the time to be stretched and for my cleaning to be complete and also that the room would not be destroyed as soon as the child was well!  Often times we trust God to do something but when it takes longer than we thought we give up hope of ever seeing the dream come to pass, or the event happen, or the promise get fulfilled.  We have to have hope. With out hope, we have no purpose.  And hope is achieved by encouraging ourselves in His Word, in Worshiping Him, and in fellowshipping with others who may encourage us!  My hope was for an earthly achievement at that time, but even as I achieved the clean room and the cut flowers on the dresser… I hoped for my child to be well that much faster because of the cleaning up I did!


H- hope

When we have faith, we can truly move mountains in our lives. Jesus said that faith ‘as a mustard seed’ would cause a mountain to get up and move itself! The mountain of mess didn’t move it self but I managed to get through it in time for my child to rest and get well!

Jesus said many times that the person’s faith had made him or her, whole.  Though my cleaning a room may seem trivial to some of you who are going through major trials in life, it is a simplistic vision of faith. As you think on it a bit you will see that I followed an example set before me,  I pursued to accomplish it, and I that is what we need to do with faith. Jesus gave us many examples of faith in the Word. Hebrews 11 and 12 are full of these. Sometimes we make something harder than it really is, faith is simple. You simply believe!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.     Hebrews 11:1-3



Suggested Readings for this week;

Monday: Hebrews 11:1-40

Tuesday: Titus 1:1-2:1

Wednesday: 1 Timothy 1:1-19

Thursday: Luke 17:1-19

Friday: Acts 14:1-28

 Weekend readings: Matthew 8&9