“Where is your faith?” Jesus asked the disciples who panicked in the storm while He slept. He had been with them all along, had He not? (Luke 8:22-25)
Jesus made the assumption that the disciples in the boat had faith. He was asking where it was…
Reflecting on the furloughs approaching for many families, financial uncertainty, health problems, and concern for family members, it is easy to respond with feelings of anxiety. I thought I’d share a little bit of what we studied in one of our Women’s Bible Studies this week:
From Martyn D. Lloyd-Jones in Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure on faith in trials:
Faith, obviously, is not a mere matter if feeling. It cannot be, because one’s feelings in this kind of condition can be very changeable. A Christian is not meant to be dejected when everything goes wrong. He is told to “rejoice”. Feelings belong to happiness alone, rejoicing takes in something much bigger than feelings; and if faith were a matter of feelings only, then when when things go wrong and feelings change, faith will go. But faith is not a matter of feelings only, faith takes up the whole man including his mind, his intellect and his understanding. It is a response to truth…” Faith is there, but “Faith is not something that acts automatically, faith is not
something that acts magically… Faith is an activity, it is something that has to be exercised.
Here are the steps Lloyd-Jones offers to help us to exercise the faith we have received:
- Exercise self-control over emotions. “Faith is a refusal to panic…. Faith is unbelief kept quiet, kept down.”
- Exercise your mind. “Remind yourself of what you believe and what you know…. Faith reminds itself of what the Scripture calls the ‘exceeding great and precious promises’… Faith says: ‘I cannot believe that He who has brought me so far is going to let me down at this point. It is impossible, it would be inconsistent with the character of God.'”
- Apply truth. “Faith applies all that to the particular situation… Focus your faith on events and say: ‘All right, but I know this about God, and because that is true I am going to apply it to this situation. This, therefore, cannot be what I think it is, it must have some other explanation.’ and you end up by seeing that it is God’s purpose for you, and having applied your faith, you then hold on.”
- Go to Jesus. “However poor and small and incomplete the faith of these disciples was on this occasion, they at any rate have a sufficient amount of faith to make them do the right thing in the end. They went to Him… Even faith ‘like a grain of mustard seed’ is valuable because it takes us to Him.”
There’s no safer place than with the One who is the Master over the storms in our lives. “He will never neglect us; He will receive us; He will bless us; He will give us peace, indeed He will do for us what He did for these men. With this peace He gave them a still greater conception of Himself than they had before.” May you engage your faith and rejoice in your Savior in the midst of trials.
Feel free to join this study, Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30am, Room 141B. There are still 10 weeks left! Childcare available, contact Heather to reserve a space.
One of the ways God encourages us is in fellowship. This weekend is full of opportunities:
Saturday at 10am – Ladies’ Missions Brunch. Bring something to share and listen to Vida Plating sing and speak about being a missionary to the United States.
Saturday at 6:00, dinner at 6:30pm – Missions Banquet. Vida Plating will sing again and Dominic Aquila will be speaking.
Have you nominated the covenant women in your midst who have shown a love for Jesus and His church and demonstrated the power of the gospel in their lives for leadership in Women’s Ministry? Even if they are unable to train or serve on the Committee at this time it is a great honor to be nominated and recognized by peers. Self-nominations are encouraged if you feel called to women’s ministry. Nomination forms will be in the bulletin this Sunday or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your nominations through this Sunday.
Are you a blogger or writer? Keep a journal? Got a story to tell? We are looking for nuggets of wisdom and testimonies to share from the women in the church. Share what the Lord has taught you through His Word, His providences, and His people. I’d like to send your reflections out in our updates and include them soon on the website. We are in the midst of updating the church website to include a Women’s Ministry page. Contact Heather O’Hara
Use this update as a way to let people know about your ministry. Let the ladies of the church know how to get involved. Email me to spread the word.
Exercise your faith this week. Seek one another out to speak the truth of the gospel again and again.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee