How is Your Faith Holding Up?

You have an IQ; I know you are brilliant, or you wouldn’t be reading my blogs. You also have an emotional quotient, EQ. And, you have an FQ, a faith quotient. That’s what I want to ask you about. How is your faith holding up?

Honestly, I find it challenging to stay focused on God and His ultimate plan for my life because of all the distractions in my personal life and our society. It’s easy to become discouraged and lose our enthusiasm for life when we allow ourselves to listen to all the negativity and divisive rhetoric going on around us. And I get “down” when my attention gets diverted from God.

Sometimes my mind wanders to a small, secluded cabin in the wilderness where I cannot hear politicians’ idiocy, where stories of killings, global warming, abortions, and masked mandates are not allowed. While a short break from our daily routines can be helpful, as believers, we are “salt and light” in the reality of a world that seems to be “going to hell in a handbasket.” I’ve never really understood the “handbasket” idea, but I know it means our society is heading in the wrong direction. So, back to my question, “How is your faith holding up?

Maintaining your faith is the key to an overall positive, hopeful outlook in life. Keeping the faith is also crucial if you want to please God. “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is (exists) and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6. So, what is your outlook on life today? Are you able to recognize the reality of some nasty stuff going on but at the same time not allow your spirit to be dismayed and discouraged by it? Or, is your attitude determined by your challenges and the dysfunction Satan is instigating in our world?

There is a word from God in Hebrews 10: 35-36 that we need to give attention to concerning the challenge to our faith, “Do not throw away your confidence, which has great reward. For you need to endure, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”
Are you drifting away from God? Are you allowing the problems and troubles of life to defeat you? Are you in a good, easy flow that tempts you to forget about God’s faithfulness in times past? If this is true, you have your focus on the wrong thing or things. Remember the former days when you knew God was real and you walked daily by faith. God is faithful and will do for you what He has promised.

Your key to victorious living in a crazy world is to put your trust in a God who is greater than any problem or challenge you face. He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whom He raised from the dead. Your faith in the death, burial, and resurrection is what has saved you. You have a Living Savior; put the focus of your faith on Him, and allow Him to live out His life in you.

Is there something that God is telling you to do? If so, ask Him to give you the strength and courage to do it and do it. When this happens, you will see your FQ increase.

4 thoughts on “How is Your Faith Holding Up?

  1. mike@michaelsmithandassociates.com

    Outstanding words to live by in these difficult times, Cos. Your post is asking me, “how’s your testimony today”! Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Good to know someone is reading and possibly benefiting. Coffee sometime?

  2. Hey “Dr. Cos!”….or… just COS, formerly a resident of a house on Acklen Avenue…same place where Ben Pethel and I shared a room… in the days of Belmont College! I get your mailings… don’t always read them– my bad! But was blessed by this one– HOW IS YOUR FAITH HOLDING UP? May you have continuing grace for much Bible-based, Christ-honoring ministry!

    Say…. what is wrong with this picture: You are still laboring away… I’ve just completed 52 years of full-time pastoring (6 years at the first place; and now starting year 47 in the second… and no plans to stop… )– and BEN IS RETIRED…but his wife still works!? Ha! Ha!

    Abundant Grace to you!
    James Bell
    http://www.southsidegallatin.org // jwillie123@aol.com

    • Remember you fondly. Great times at Belmont. Ben is having a wonderful ministry, sending all those crazy videos and messages to me and others. I need a good laugh occasionally and supplies incentive. As for you, keep preaching the Word. Our world needs it, do we ever need it. Congratulations. I plan to burn out (not rust out) don’t you.

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