Faith


You cannot please God without faith.

And real faith – the absolute confidence that God will do what He says – comes at a price; the greater the faith the heavier the price. But if where He leads there is no risk, then it’s always worth it.

Here’s another way to look at it…
The parachute doesn’t open until you jump. Pull the cord if you like or unpack it and fiddle with it, but it will not fully deploy until you’re outside the airplane, in the air. It requires the force generated by actually falling to push open the canopy. It takes a literal fall (the death plunge) to transform the chute into a life-saving plane of resistance.
Through faith that death plunge becomes a controlled fall, slow and easy, to be enjoyed (if you like that kind of thing). Bottom line, you have to believe before you jump, but you have to jump to get the result of what you believed.

Okay I get it, I have to jump first, but how do I get the BELIEF so that I CAN jump? Exactly! Trusting your life to a piece of nylon two thousand feet up requires some front end work. Gaining enough confidence that your chute will open and prevent you from dying begins with a commitment of your time. The time spent with an instructor learning the truth about what works, how it works, and for whom it works. Without experience you’d never go to the airport, hop a twin engine, throw on a random chute and just see what happens.

Likewise spiritual faith requires spending time with the instructor learning the truth about what works, how it works, and for whom it works. God is our instructor and His word is the testimony of truth. In order to believe it you must first hear it, choose to believe it, step an inch, hear it again, believe, then step a foot, and so on. The ability to Jump is just a matter of time. Believing builds on upon itself but it begins by hearing the truth. The front end work is your commitment to spending time hearing the truth.

This could be the part where you’re thinking “I already know this, it’s just too hard to understand” or “I know, but I just don’t have the time” or even this one “I know, but it’s just so boring”. If your faith is at this level then you are certainly not ready to jump, but you are ready to begin. I’m not going to try and convince you, if you are His you already know where the truth resides. If you are only capable of stepping an inch, then step that inch toward the place that will eventually teach you how to jump. Begin today by meditating on Matthew 6:33 for ten minutes. Be encouraged that God will finish what he started in you. Please alert me if I can be of some encouragement to you.

 

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35 Responses to Faith

  1. Diane Edmondson says:

    Kevin, your faith is a testimony and inspiration. It seems, at times like these, when our faith is strong and deepened, boomerangs start hitting out of nowhere. I know that I know, without any doubt, God reigns over evil and when we have the most faith is when we’re attacked. Satan hates it when we’re marching along loving God and being blessed. So the boomerangs start flying around us. Your example of faith to stand up with your shield, your feet planted in readiness, equipped with the sword of the spirit, the belt of truth and the helmut of salvation will carry you through all these trials. Stay strong. God doesn’t abandon us. I look forward to reading your future blogs as I, too, trudge through the mayhem of daily challenges. May God bless and keep you. May the Holy Spirit fill and guide you. May Jesus carry you when the road is too difficult.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Diane, thank you so much for taking time to visit and share your wisdom and encouragement! Seems like the weight His presence is defined by the trial – something i’m learning to rejoice in. The passage regarding the full armor that you refer to is one of my favorite! Just hearing from you means the world, but thank you even more for sharing God’s word – it’s clear that He speaks through you and confirms His good works – a thousand thank you’s my friend. I look forward to more or your good thoughts – Blessings!!!

  2. Meg Locara says:

    Hi Kevin. Thanks for recommending your blog to me. 🙂 I’m enjoying your posts, I know that following God is like allowing the all consuming fire consume everything that is wrong in your life but it’s what keeps us all alive.

    I always wondered how Jesus was able to live a life without sin, but as we follow His way in this world, Jesus is showing that it is possible –even in us but it really requires a lot of cooperation and obedience to His Word!

    So when we jump, just holding on to that parachute to save us from a deadly fall –Jesus makes us realize that He is holding us by the hand and that He will not let us die, but will help us land safely. He is amazing! 🙂 Continue praising and serving Him!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Meg thanks so much for your insight and taking time to comment. I appeciate exactly what your saying and your willing heart to share – He is holding us – Amen! Please come back as you have time – i look forward to hearing more from you! Blessings!

  3. Bill Brown says:

    Kevin, A lady in a Bible study that I teach sent me your blog. You have some very good insights and illustrations. I would like to borrow some with your permission.
    You have a gift and I know God will bless your ministry.

    In Christ, Bill Brown

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Bill, thanks again for your kind thoughts. My prayer is that God will use this blog to help many who would never even look at a computer. I believe you are evidence that God is answering my prayer. Thank you and by all means use whatever thoughts or ideas from the blog you can to help build the Kingdom.

      Blessings!

  4. Scotty says:

    I like the way this is worded! I love the simplicity of your heart’s desire… I think too often we try to make following Christ too complicated. You wrote: “my chief aim is to help followers of Christ apprehend a real and passionate faith through the study of His word, by simple illustration, and regular encouragement. And by this faith they might catch a vision of who God shaped them to become”. Amen and Amen!!!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks brother! It really takes time to stop and read someone else’s words – someone who is unfamilar. I’m very thankful that you came with a willing heart and found something worthwhile. I’m encouraged by it very much – bless you Scotty! Please come back soon.

  5. KevinHClark says:

    Thank you for recommending your site. We have similarities in that 2008 brought with it something quite profound, albeit painful. God does great work through our brokenness and ultimately a recovery.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Kevin, I think only a prunned tree can walk in the discipline of Hebrews 12 while looking in the mirror of Romans 12. God is at work in us both – thanks brother for your visit and comment. Bless you!

  6. Fear and faith operate the very same law. The Law of Believing. Whether positive or negative you still have to believe it. Doubts build to worries, then boom we have fear operated in our life. Then God comes along and earns our trust, then you gain a little confidence in him, and boom you believe and have faith. It’s a three step process either way. Both it build over time. Fear is sneaky and sly about it, Faith is bold, loving and real.
    Don’t you love this walk we get to have? I do! Thanks for being a light in a dark world! God bless you!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Amen – Our joy is totally dehydrated when we are wrapped in that stealthy fear, yet looking back on it after the breakthrough is unmatched! But it does requires taking those fearful thoughts captive! I’ve even heard it said that what we fear is what we worship. Of course God tell us to fear only Him …so it really makes sense – same tracks but train going in opposite dirction. Thanks so much for your thoughts – most sincerely! I’d love to hear more of your thoughts on some of my other posts as your time permits. Thanks so much!

  7. ToscaSac says:

    Sometimes you jump and other times you get pushed. lol

    Or rather you JUMP into the Fathers arms and just roll with the punches that come. In January of 2004 I remember praying “I trust you Lord in the shower.” My life has barely recovered all these many years later.

    I do trust Him and I did mean what I was saying but I had no idea what I would go through. I am loving your blog so far it sounds like you are on the same type of exciting journey.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hey Tosca! your comment was much appreciated my friend. For some reason it was trapped in moderation status -unnoticed these last few months(which i don’t have set “on”) I guess God wanted me to hear them now. That was a powerful shower – lol. God is amazing to love us enough to allow our growth by whatever means. Well, better late than never I very much appreciate your comments – thank you for taking time! Bless you

  8. Jan says:

    Your story encourages me to press on. We may have different struggles but I know how it is to feel like there is no hope. But, when I found what it is like to be in God’s love, I had the courage to jump. 🙂 And now, I am living by faith, the same faith you had for the same God we praise. I know it is going to be a hard journey but I know, God will always be there to back us up. 😀

  9. You have been quiet my friend…I hope you are well.

    God bless and prayers,
    Michael

  10. Rita says:

    I’m not the one to lead in spiritual things. God has blessed me beyond belief in the good times and the bad. He has encouraged my heart when I did not think possible. I have been there for many family members and friends but when I had needs they were busy or unreachable or worse yet tried to either steal or simply ask for things that belong to me. When they had much more than I did. I’m not one to directly say I have a need but it was obvious to those paying attention. I’m more one to help others understand how to live on less. I’ve been doing this for many years and still almost daily I find a new way to conserve and feel happy about it. To live on less gives me the power to change my life. I just retired at 60 and although I’ll probably pick up jobs here and there I won’t have to go back to the rigorous work I have been doing just to make ends meet. I will pray that all works out for you each day. That you find small things will really make you smile and feel satisfied. Best to you and may many blessings come your way.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Rita i have been meaning to say thank you for taking the time not only to visit but to share the things on your heart. It makes the blog much more of a two way conversation and a blessing to me. Thank you sister!

  11. I just found your blog. I’ve wanted to share my faith journey, and have tried in my own way to write things down in my own blog as a means of encouraging others. I envy and appreciate those who can simply chronicle their journey like this.
    Keep it up. I’ll be reading…

  12. Whitney says:

    Great site! You are a very gifted writer. I love seeing what God has done in my life and continues to do. I even just blogged about an air-conditioner that we couldn’t afford. Well, we kept the faith and were willing to do as little as we could, but God showed us that He can do things even bigger and better. I feel like I am able to see Him more and more and I get older.

  13. Marni says:

    I am so grateful I found your blog! I’m a new Twitter user and I’m amazed by the people I find, you being one of them! I love how you explained that faith, or finding Truth, is a step by step process, and sometimes it really is an inch at a time until you’re ready to jump. I walked away from my faith for a number of years but I slowly realized it was empty and pointless without my Jesus. About a year ago I recommitted, but this time round I am being real about it and God gets me for what I am, haha! I’m not going to pretend, or try to be perfect. How you explained to choose to believe, then take a step resonates loudly with me. Thank-you so much for sharing!

  14. Claudia says:

    I like your parachute example of faith. 🙂

  15. Such an inspiring post. It’s where Jesus lives, in these real life moments/crises. Call it the edge, fringe, margin or the chasm you meet in crises… either way, that’s ultimately the sweet spot for change – transformational, supernatural change! ~ blessings2u!

  16. ugottom says:

    Found you via Twitter (I’m @ugottom). Good metaphor with the parachute. Also, at the end of this, “seeking God’s face”, dovetails with a verse I just read, “They will see his face!” Rev 22:4. Thanks, Kevin

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  18. Faith Bogdan says:

    Intrigued by your story. My husband is a scientist out of work (in his field). For a while we lived on faith and venison. 🙂 I blogged about it under the unemployment category at http://www.thenonreligiouschristian.blogspot.com. He is still waiting for work in his field since he finished grad school in ’09.

  19. Joy says:

    Hi Kevin! It was nice to meet you via Skype this morning. You are a inspiring writer and have a powerful message of hope and faith that you are living out. We are looking forward to getting to know you more!

  20. Mohan says:

    Hi Kevin! thanks for your great testimonies and shadings, recently God prompted in my heart ‘living by Faith’ everyday and every moment. I am still seeking from praying for clarity and that is how I log into your sites and indeed I believe it is God’s leadings. I believe this is the only way to go on in our life, by living by Faith in Him who created us and His is great plan and purposes. Thanks Kevin for affirming this truth. God bless your sites and keep growing and keep living in Him. Mohan from Malaysia

  21. Hi Kevin, would like to do a podcast with you about your journey. I can new reached at frank@ successfulliving.me. Or 303-961-2467. Call anytime.

  22. Katie Oldham says:

    Speechless. Convicted. But most importantly, affirmed that the salvation I seek is to be found not only in the brightly boasting, evident blessings in my life but that my hope, saving grace and even the deepest JOY is all soaked up in the scars.
    Thank you for living your life and your trials outloud for the Lord. As a young widow and single mom, while I certainly do not seek the sad stories of others, I am strengthened when I see His modern miracles working in the lives of others. Bless you on your journey…and, oh SO many congratulations for your upcoming published book. I will be waiting.

  23. JanKarol says:

    So nice to read about others walking step by step in faith not looking behind except to wonder at the grace that got us here. Thanks or sharing.

  24. Linda Jane says:

    Hello Sir. God bless you. I have seen and read your material in English. I wish to translate your same material into Yiddish, my first and native language. Also into Hebrew, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Georgian, Greek, Hindi and other major languages. If you need any assistance in that please let me know about it. I will wait for your answer please. Thank you.

    In Christ,
    Linda Jane.

  25. Cathy Vanatta says:

    Kevin –
    Thank you so much for your blog. I have been struggling because I feel I am being called to leave my job and dedicate myself to working for the Lord full time. I keep receiving “signs” of what that might look like (which is completely out of my comfort zone). I love my career so its hard to fathom why God would want me somewhere else? Still, he speaks, but no specific guidance (through scripture or otherwise) as to the “how” to make it happen. Yesterday in church, I asked my most trusted circle of friends to pray with me; that God show me the way more surely and obviously so that I might fulfill his will. And you posted this. Oddly, I have posted on Twitter . . . maybe 5 times in the past year, yet you found me and I received a notice you had “followed” me. That led me to your Blog and info about you. Your message above really spoke to me — I need to do my homework and prepare, stay focused on the story about the parachute and know that in God’s time . . . go for it. I’m no longer afraid. Just excited. Keep the good news coming, Kevin!
    Cathy Vanatta

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