A Woman of Unwavering Faith: Trusting God In The Unseen – Women of Faith Blog Series

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A Woman of Unwavering Faith: Trusting God in the Unseen – Women of Faith Blog Series

Fearless faith. Boundless faith. Unwavering faith. Saving faith. Faith that makes mountains move. Faith that frequently does the unexpected with no concern for who is watching. Faith that weeps at the feet of Jesus until she receives her breakthrough. Faith that fasts and prays like her life depends on it. Faith that waits in expectation for the promises of God to manifest in her life. Faith that clings to the infinite wisdom, might, and power that is Christ Jesus. Faith that finds her identity in her Savior alone – the One who died on the Cross for her, and protects her heart with all diligence. Faith that believes in the promises of God even when she cannot currently see them in her view (Hebrews 11:1, 2 Corinthians 5:7). Faith that is consistent in her devotion to God and is serious about growing in her relationship with Him. Faith that stands firm in the midst of extreme opposition, suffering, and adversity. This is part of what it means to be a woman of unwavering faith.

Most of the time, my faith is strong enough to fight an army of ten thousand with one powerful word or movement. Other times, my faith becomes weighed down by the fierce waves of life. Most of the time, I can pray with enough strength, power, and authority to calm and settle all of my fears. Other times, my prayers to God come in the form of tears and heart cries. Most of the time, I can seek out His Word diligently to comfort me in the midst of pain, heartache, and suffering. Other times, I am too distressed to even open up my Bible. But these are the times when I must press in the hardest. In His strength, I do. And right there in the midst of the struggle, there is a beautiful and authentic faith. Faith that never wavers, but sometimes questions. Faith that never abandons and turns back, but sometimes doubts. Always seeking. Always clinging. Always yearning. Always discovering. And these are all great things. Because a deeper knowledge of God is often found in our thirst for Him – amidst our questions, our fears, our doubts, and in our searching. His Word says that if we seek Him, we will find Him when we seek Him with our whole heart (Jeremiah 29:13).

My faith is continually being strengthened in every season of my life since I completely surrendered to my Father’s will and His plan. Some seasons are easier than others, but a common thread in every season is that I bear the cross for the One who died on the cross for me. I pick up my cross daily and suffer for the cause of Christ. This is certainly a struggle, but a beautiful struggle indeed. A struggle worth embracing if I truly desire to grow in my faith and endure until the end.

For me, the most difficult thing to grasp about my life in this present season is that I have no idea what God is doing. I mean, I know some things from a finite standpoint, but I want to know everything. I find myself at times trying to figure God out. I like to know how things are going to turn out: with my career, my ministry and purpose, with my future as it relates to relationships and marriage, with my family, etc. I sometimes struggle with laying down my entire life as it relates to my future and trusting the One who knows me better than I know myself. If I can be honest, at times, I question His plan, His purpose, and His leading in my life because my life doesn’t look like what I feel it should look like. At times, I try to find His hand in every situation and circumstance. And when I don’t see it, I become discouraged. But this is where our faith has the potential to become strongest. Because faith isn’t trusting in our feelings. Faith is fully trusting in the object of our faith – Jesus. Faith is letting go of how we think our lives should be and trusting in the unseen. For what is hope if we can see it (Romans 8:24)?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

In our moments of uncertainty and discomfort, God is oftentimes stretching our faith. He is definitely stretching my faith. He is strengthening my faith. He is testing my faith. Strengthening is good. Stretching is good. Testing is good. Because when my faith has been tried, I shall come out as gold. With a firm faith. A genuine faith. A faith that can stand the test of time. Without the pain, the sacrifice, the hardships, and the daily laying down of our lives, we wouldn’t have the kind of intimacy with our Savior that He so desperately desires for us to have.

In this you rejoice; though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved (distressed) by various trials; So that the tested genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7).

Amen.

As I reflect on the many uncertainties, adversities, and hardships that I’ve recently had to face, my faith was (and is) certainly being tested. It’s difficult at times to trust God in the midst…it’s difficult to trust that He is working on your behalf when your circumstances exemplify the complete opposite of what He has promised. But this is exactly what faith is: trusting in the unseen. And not just trusting, but being sure of what you do not see. Our faith must conquer our doubts and fears. There is always a peace and a hope that welcomes us when we trust Him fully. And as we rest in this assurance, He shows us glimpses of what’s to come in the midst of it all. God is always faithful. He can never be anything but faithful. His faithfulness towards us is shown in big ways and in small ways. We just have to be in tune with His Spirit in order to see them with supernatural vision.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a discipleship conference in Chicago at the Moody Bible Institute. When I tell you that it renewed my heart and mind, refreshed my soul, and reinvigorated my spirit and purpose….wow!!!! And I learned SO much!!! The trip and conference was life-changing on so many levels, and it was truly a blessing and a gift from God that came right on time. And He made it happen. It was like my Heavenly Father was saying to me after a difficult couple of months: “Don’t worry, I got this! I have it all under control. I’m still watching over you, looking after you, and planning your future as you continue to remain surrendered to me. My purpose and plan for you is greater than you could ever imagine. I am able to do far more abundantly than all you could ever ask or think. Trust me.” Thank you, Father God.

I can’t even put into words how God was working in and through me during this 5-day mini vacation trip. And near the end of the trip, I had a chance to visit one of the beaches in Chicago. It was there that I was able to find my serene and safe place – and bask once again in the presence of my Father. And I didn’t want to leave. I could’ve stayed on that beach all night – right next to the calm wind and waves where I found so much peace. I talked to God. I prayed. I cried tears of joy.

With my feet in the sand, my nose in a book, and Jesus in my heart, He reminded me that everything was going to be alright. After some time, I decided to interrupt this perfect moment in time – briefly – and walk up near the ocean waves to let my feet touch the water. As the waves came close and engulfed my feet over and over again, I felt a burst of energy and joy that emerged…and that found itself manifested through laughter. Carefree laughter. As the waves continued to hit my feet over and over, I remember yelling out: “Yes, Lord!” It was such a beautiful moment.

In that moment, I was reminded of a particular verse and translation (NLT) in the book of Proverbs: She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future (Proverbs 31:25).

“She laughs without fear…” Fear is the opposite of faith. Which means that the woman that this book speaks of has faith…in her future. Oh, how I would love to be like this woman (The Proverbs 31 Woman) all of the time. Every single minute, every single hour. His grace is sufficient.

As I returned to the sand with my current read in my hand (sovereignly titled: Becoming a Woman of Faith by Cynthia Heald), I began to thank God. I began to thank Him for keeping me firm in faith through storms. I began to glory in the fact that as the pressures of life increased and I became overwhelmed, He sustained me. I began to thank Him for His faithfulness and goodness in all things. I began to cry tears of joy. Joy for His sacrifice. Joy for His love. Joy for His living water that saturates me with His truth, and refreshes and revives my soul.

The living water. The water that sustains me in the rise and the fall of the tides. The water that steadies me amidst the turbulent winds. The water that washes me and sanctifies me with His Word. The water that cleanses me…evaporating my pain, my hurt, my guilt, and my sickness. The water that tosses my sin into the sea of forgetfulness. The water that dissolves my sadness and despair and replaces it with His own tears – then brings me back to the fountain of life. The water that baptizes me in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He – the great I AM  –  saturates me and refreshes me with the living water that is HE. Daily. His grace keeps me – in the midst of the storm.

So I stand on the rock. I stand on His promises. I stand on His truth. And I stand firm in my faith through the grace that He supplies daily – even when the strong waves of life come swiftly with attempts to overtake me. This is what it means to be a woman of unwavering faith. I haven’t completely mastered this yet; it’s a process. But I’m steadily growing. I’m trusting. I’m believing. I’m embracing the gloriousness that is found in my Savior Jesus Christ.

Faith that is immovable. Faith that is steadily growing. Faith that does not turn back. Faith that is being strengthened in the author and finisher of her faith – Jesus.

And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering; for He who has promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). We are His. And He is ours. Continue becoming the woman of faith that God desires you to be. Everything will be alright in the end. Stand firm. Do not waver. We are women and daughters of God who are not tossed to and fro by the world and the lies of the enemy. He who has saved us has promised to keep us firm in faith until His work is complete.

Sister, may I stand with you as you continue to fight the good fight of faith and vow to trust God with the unseen parts of your life.

I love you, God Bless!

Porsche

Thank you for reading! This is the third installment of the Women of Faith Blog Series, and I wanted to make this one personal to my situation – because I know that trusting God in the unseen is something that many women struggle with and can identify with. If you have yet to read my first two Women of Faith blog posts, please view them here! The first one: The Story of Ruth: A Woman of Fearless Faith, and the second one is: The Story of Mary Magdalene: A Woman of Fierce Faith. Please look out for the next one! I plan to blog about Esther next (installment four)….yes, yes! 🙂 However, there may be some other pressing topics that I will blog about in between as God leads. We’ll see what He decides to do!

Porsche R. Armstrong is a daughter of God and a servant of Christ who loves to support, edify, encourage, and strengthen her brothers and sisters in Christ with the truth of God’s Word. She is an educator, a freelance writer and editor, a servant leader in her local community, and author of the book Happily Ever After: Biblical Womanhood, The Pursuit of Christ….and Marriage which focuses on living Christ-centered lives in every area of our lives. You can follow Porsche on Facebook (Porsche R. Armstrong). You can also follow her blog and her ministry (by clicking that follow link!) at loveisalifestyle.org. Great things are coming soon!

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