common to hide in the shadows of doubt. We often exhibit some kind of fear –
either instilled at a young age or because of a subliminal act which caused us
to become negative. Living in faith or placing trust in something you cannot
directly touch sometimes seems almost impossible.
On the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught
of the futility of worrying about things you cannot control. He used the
example of food and clothing, but His message was unmistakable–seek the kingdom
of God, trust in your Father, and He will provide for you!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or
drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and
the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or
reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you
not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a
single hour to your life?
One of my favorite sayings is “where
there is fear there is no FAITH.” You can’t have both fear and faith! But, sometimes
in life, those weakened by illness need a little support from those whose faith
is a bit stronger. I find myself in a position, more times than not, administering
to those who need help. God often speaks in scriptures of our duty, as
Christians, to bear another’s burdens and give encouragement to others. It
shines the example of His precious love. Having faith for two is so essential.
Jesus cured the lame and sick in the
name of God. He never questioned this gift to heal the sick nor the strength of
His conviction, which came from His Father. We have the same capabilities,
believe or not, if we overcome our fears; for example, can you imagine how
Moses, an ex-murderer, felt when God asked him to lead all the Israelites out
of Egypt and across the Red Sea? He must have been scared out of his wits, but
he had enough faith for all forty thousand people to succeed.
What about Noah? He
was mystified by God’s request to build an ark because God was going to flood
the earth of all sin. Could he hold the faith for two? The townspeople laughed
and mocked him as he built the boat which would carry the future generations of
life. Through the worries he faced, his mission was successful anyway because
we are here today to relay the bible story.
On a personal level, my wife held the
faith for two as she sought to find me after a thirty-two-year hiatus in our
friendship. She finally found me in 2016, and God supported our dream of
publishing my book and having a beautiful marriage. Our story of incredible
odds leads me to believe it was only God involved in our success story. As many
of you know, my wife had a scarf with a severe health issue. I know there were
times her faith wavered amid a grim diagnosis; but I carried her, in my faith
for two, and God took care of the rest.
We should examine ourselves and understand
we have the strength to carry our loved ones through difficult times. Staying
in prayer, uplifting each other’s spirit, and asking for God’s guidance will
supply you with everything you need. It is empowering to know God will transform
our body and soul when we carry the faith for two.
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