Blues Notes

Reading Is Fundamental

While cleaning out a box of mementos this evening, at the very bottom of the box I found a folded up piece of paper. It’s a printout from a book to which I have no idea who the author is nor do I know the name of the book. The paper read:
Faith is: believing things that you haven’t yet seen to the point that you act on them until they come into being. It is through faith that people experience personal growth and success.

This is crucial truth for us to remember. Faith is active belief. It is belief combined with expectation and action. Have you ever expected to fail and then failed? That’s faith. You expect you are not going to get a loan, and so you talk yourself out of it on the way to the bank. You tell yourself all the reasons why you can’t get it; you preach this to yourself, so that you say, “There’s no use in my going, but let me try it anyway.” When you don’t get it, you confirm your belief by saying, “Just as I expected.”

I believe that sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers because He understands how powerful the principle of faith is and knows that what we’re asking for wouldn’t be good for us. Perhaps you have been asking God to speak to you for a long time. Many of us have prayed this way: “Oh, God, speak to me. Tell me this, tell me that, and direct me in this.” “Oh, Lord, I don’t hear Your voice anymore. You don’t speak to me.” We are passionate about wanting God to speak to us. The book of James says that the righteous man is “quick to listen, slow to speak” (James 1:19). In other words, we can talk too much about the wrong thing. God doesn’t answer us because He doesn’t want us to have what is not right for us. God wants us to talk to Him. However, He wants us to pray in a way that reflects the faith that He gives because such prayer is based on His good purposes for us.

Hope that this blesses you the way it blessed me.

Blessings & Prosperity!

This is Jewells signing out…

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