I had a thought the other day about how faith is the say-so of righteousness/success and how doubt is the say-so of sin/failure.
Proclaiming the promises heartily is setting course for positive, meaningful action–serving God’s great purposes on the planet.
On the other hand, when we begin to doubt our core beliefs, our moral stand and our spiritual stamina wanes. What we believe or don’t believe doesn’t change our current status or our past, but it does affect the direction of our lives and therefore our future.
Realising that belief changes the future helps get around the niggly issues that come up around understanding faith. ei that a faith statement can seem to be a lie until circumstances change to line up with what was believed. Speaking faith is a lot easier when you realise you are creating the future. Saying “I am righteous because of Jesus,” or, “Because of God, I no longer have an issue with <insert problem>,” creates the space for those statements to become true in life, if we believe.
Most of us are so conditioned to think negatively (we call it realism), so we don’t realise the same dynamic takes place with fixed negative outlooks. Doubting has become such a reflex, we don’t even realise we are doing it. We don’t realise the high price we are paying for our doubts and our negative judgments on life.
Speaking out loud God’s best about ourselves, a loved one, or a situation may seem so counter-intuitive to the uninitiated, but see how it works and you’ll be hooked on living on the positive. Even when circumstance don’t conform to our spoken hopes, living in the positive makes us better prepared for setbacks as they come