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Another Answer: Faith

Another answer to Morgan Freeman's search for God has to be faith. So what is faith?
According to Webster’s Dictionary there are various definitions of faith: The assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another; firm and earnest belief on probable evidence of any kind; belief in what is given forth as a revelation of man’s relation to God and the infinite; a settled conviction in regard to religion.

For me a main source of faith comes from Biblical truth which has been verified by many studies of ancient scripts. The Bible is the Word of God and it’s truth can be trusted. Because of this, we can find much to rely on when we know His Word. My statements come partly from faith, partly from personal experience.

For me, faith is a living growing part of who I am, for it is my experience with God Himself. The relationship that I have with God has grown over a good many years. There was a time when this was not true. I grew up in a religion and it taught me many truths. As time passed I began to choose or interpret what I would believe~ often according to the current “new age” of thinking.

This sorta worked for awhile; then I was invited to a church by friends whom I admired and trusted. My first taste of God there was invigorating. After several weeks, my experience of God became profound. There was one particular service where the anointing of His Presence invaded my very soul. Tears flowed. I knew I had been touched in the core of my being by God Himself. After this I committed my life to Jesus, for I knew that I knew the truth. From here on my spiritual growth continued to increase as God led me along the road of many experiences and lessons.

With God life is a bed of roses~ full of beauty and lovely fragrance, and THORNS. Yes, as a Christian, my experiences were varied in every way. I loved my personal relationship with God! Life was good. . .  until the thorns punctured my soul. Yes some tests in life are not fun at all.

But without challenges we do not grow stronger. It was through these challenges that my faith and my trust in God became more resolute. He never took me through things that were futile nor more than I could handle. Now as some people say, “there were times when I felt He had over estimated me.” But in the long run, it was exactly what was needed in my life to prepare me for moving up to higher levels of wisdom and knowledge.

Example #1: My business had dropped off and finances were really short. It did not make sense, because I was good at what I did.  It just was strange! I was obedient to God and could not understand the circumstances I was left in. The climax came when a good order was cancelled through no fault of me own. It was the final straw! I drove to a park and confronted God with my tears of frustration. It was a Wednesday and I went to church on Wednesday nights. I demanded of God, “You better do something for me tonight!”

That night we had a visiting minister, and as he stood up there and began speaking, I knew it was just for me! Indeed it was a prophecy for my life. I knew because he quoted some exact words which I had spoken in my frustration. God had given me something much more than finances! He had spoken directly into my life. I was exhilarated!

Example #2: Another test came when the big C attacked my body. It happened this way:
There were a few days when my mood was like Linus with a rain cloud over my head, and that is totally not like me. So I said to the Lord that evening, “We need to have a little chat”. So next morning during my quiet time I opened my Bible, and it ‘happened to open’ to the book of John chapter 15 where I began to read verses 9 to 11:

John 15:9-11
9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me;
remain in My love
[and do not doubt My love for you].

10 If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching,
you will remain in My love,
just as I have kept My Father’s commandments
and remain in His love.

11 I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you,
and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.

I looked at that promise in verse 11 and said, “Jesus, I keep your commandments, therefore I qualify for Your joy, and I claim it!”

His joy filled me from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. It was that very afternoon that I got a call from my doctor that said, “Mary I have bad news, you have breast cancer.” Oh I responded, what do I do now? She expected anything but that quiet fearless reaction. That joy of Jesus covered me from that morning all the way through every treatment, and fear could not pierce a being full of joy!

Next morning in quiet time, Jesus gave me 2 verses of Scripture:

Isaiah 43:1-2 (AMPC)
. . . Fear not, for I have redeemed you
[ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives];
I have called you by your name;
you are Mine.

2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you,
and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched,
nor will the flame kindle upon you.

The entire journey through this challenge was a joy, for I had the special supernatural joy of Jesus in me, and I had the promises of God to cover me the whole time.

It was after this test was finished and healing was complete that God gave me the Scripture~

Isaiah 62:10 (AMP)
Go through, go through the gates,
Clear the way for the people;
Build up, build up the highway,
Remove the stones, lift up a banner over the peoples.

It took awhile but the purpose for that Scripture from my Lord became the book Cast Up A Highway.   God told me He wanted a testimony to show His children how to travel through difficult times with joy. His desire was to lead His children down the highway straight to His heart. So Morgan, read the book for a new road to travel on.

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